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Source: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education - September 13, 2013
The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education has published Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition Compliance/Comparison Checklist (September 2013). The checklist can be used by multiple audiences to assess whether child care programs comply with each of the standards included in Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition (SS3), which was published in April 2013 by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. SS3 presents 138 essential standards intended to reduce the rate of morbidity and mortality in child care and early education settings. Learn more here.
Source: Save the Children - September 10, 2013
For the sixth year in a row, Save the Children has published a state-by-state assessment of U.S. preparation and safety standards for children in child care facilities and in schools. Unaccounted For: A National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters (2013) finds that although progress has been made, more than half the states continue to fall short on preparedness. Some key findings show that:
Source: Child Trends - Retrieved September 13, 2013
Child Trends has published a new video, Child Trends On Topic: School Readiness (runtime: 3.08 minutes), which explains what is meant by "school readiness" and looks at what families, schools, and communities can do to get children ready for kindergarten.
Source: U.S. Department of Education - September 12, 2013
On September 12, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it has awarded more than $15.1 million in Enhanced Assessment Grants (EAGs) to help states develop or enhance their Kindergarten Entry Assessments. North Carolina and a consortium of partner states (Arizona, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington DC, South Carolina) will receive $6.1 million; Maryland and its partner states (Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio) will receive $4.9 million, and Texas will receive $3.9 million. To learn more about how the grants will be used, see the full press release. Information about the new awards is also available on the U.S. Department of Education's EAG Program webpage.
Source: Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific - September 11, 2013
A new facilitation guide from the Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific, Five Steps For Structuring Data-Informed Conversations and Action in Education (September 2013), describes five key steps education teams can follow to better use data for informed decision making and strategic action: (1) setting the stage, (2) examining the data, (3) understanding the findings, (4) developing an action plan, and (5) monitoring progress and measuring success.
Full citation: Kekahio, W., & Baker, M. (2013). Five steps for structuring data-informed conversations and action in education (REL 2013-001). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific. Retrieved from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/project.asp?projectID=360