September 6, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. Parent Engagement from Preschool through Grade 3: A Guide for Policymakers
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - September 6, 2013
  2. Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development
      Source: Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services & National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness - September 5, 2013
  3. The Impact of Food Insecurity and Hunger in Early Childhood
      Source: Children's HealthWatch - September 3, 2013
  4. Full-day Kindergarten Attendance Triples Over 35 years
      Source: Child Trends - September 5, 2013
  5. New Affordable Care Act and Early Learning Webpage
      Source: U.S Department of Education, Administration for Children & Families - September 5, 2013

1. Parent Engagement from Preschool through Grade 3: A Guide for Policymakers

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - September 6, 2013

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new report, Parent Engagement from Preschool through Grade 3: A Guide for Policymakers (September 2013) by Sheila Smith, Taylor Robbins, Shannon Stagman, and Disha Mathur. The term "parent engagement" is used to describe parents' efforts to promote their children's healthy development and learning through activities that can be encouraged by educators in child care, preschool and school settings. The report makes the case that effective parent engagement during preschool through grade 3 is a key contributor to children's positive academic outcomes. It presents research, program, and policy information that can inform state initiatives to strengthen parent engagement during these early years.

2. Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development

Source: Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services & National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness - September 5, 2013

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) and the Office of Head Start's National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR) recently collaborated to publish a new illustrated handbook for immigrant families raising children between the ages of 0 and 5. Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development is designed to provide families with basic information about early childhood development, age appropriate discipline strategies, and the availability of services, support, and family engagement opportunities. It highlights the following six themes: family well-being; safety and protection; guidance and discipline; healthy brain development; early learning and school readiness; and connecting to early care and education. The handbook is also available in Arabic and will soon be available in Spanish.

3. The Impact of Food Insecurity and Hunger in Early Childhood

Source: Children's HealthWatch - September 3, 2013

Two new research briefs by Children's HealthWatch examine the impact of food insecurity and hunger in early childhood. The first brief, Too Hungry to Learn: Food Insecurity and School Readiness (2013), describes the connections between food security in early childhood and the development of skills critical for school success including memory, emotional stability, and social skills. The second brief, Feeding Our Human Capital: Food Insecurity and the Workforce (2013), describes how food insecurity in early childhood makes it harder to graduate from high school and gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the workforce and contribute to our nation's economic prosperity.

4. Full-day Kindergarten Attendance Triples Over 35 years

Source: Child Trends - September 5, 2013

The Child Trends DataBank has published an updated report, Full-day Kindergarten: Indicators on Children and Youth (August 2013), which shows that the percentage of children enrolled in full-day kindergarten programs has almost tripled in the past 35 years, from 28 percent in 1977 to 76 percent in 2012, with no variation by family income level. One study found that children who attended full-day kindergarten programs scored higher on standardized math and reading tests through the second grade; however another study found that academic gains from full-day programs mostly disappeared by the end of first grade. There are also mixed findings related to behavioral outcomes for children in full-day kindergarten programs.

5. New Affordable Care Act and Early Learning Webpage

Source: U.S Department of Education, Administration for Children & Families - September 5, 2013

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services's Administration for Children & Families (ACF) recently launched a new webpage on The Affordable Care Act: What It Means for Children, Families, and Early Childhood Programs. The webpage is designed to help early learning providers answer questions about the upcoming launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace. Open enrollment in the Marketplace starts October 1, with coverage starting as soon as January 1, 2014. To find the information needed to prepare for open enrollment, families and small businesses can visit www.HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov