September 13, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. Checklist for Assessing Health and Safety in Child Care Programs
      Source: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education - September 13, 2013
  2. 2013 National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters
      Source: Save the Children - September 10, 2013
  3. Child Trends Video on School Readiness
      Source: Child Trends - Retrieved September 13, 2013
  4. $15.1 Million Awarded to Enhance States' Kindergarten Entry Assessments
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - September 12, 2013
  5. Guide on Using Data for Informed Decision-Making and Action Planning
      Source: Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific - September 11, 2013

1. Checklist for Assessing Health and Safety in Child Care Programs

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.

2. 2013 National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters

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:

  • 28 states and the District of Columbia don't meet minimum standards to protect children recommended by the National Commission on Children and Disasters.
  • 17 states don't require child care providers to have an evacuation plan.
  • 16 states don't require child care providers to have a family reunification plan.
  • 24 states don't require child care providers to have a plan for children with disabilities or with access and functional needs.
  • 6 states and the District of Columbia don't require schools to have a disaster plan that addresses multiple types of hazards.

3. Child Trends Video on School Readiness

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.

4. $15.1 Million Awarded to Enhance States' Kindergarten Entry Assessments

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.

5. Guide on Using Data for Informed Decision-Making and Action Planning

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