September 20, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. What New Census Data Tell Us About Our Youngest Children
      Source: CLASP - September 18, 2013
  2. Two New Articles Added to "Tackling Toxic Stress" Series
      Source: Center for Developing Child at Harvard University - September 19, 2013
  3. The Science of Neglect: InBrief Summary
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - September 19, 2013
  4. Campaign Highlights the Importance of Early Detection of Communication Disorders
      Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - September 19, 2013
  5. FAQ for FY 2013 Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Applicants
      Source: U.S. Departments of Education Health and Human Services - September 13, 2013
  6. Proposed Rule: Assistance to States for the Education of Children with Disabilities
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - September 18, 2013

1. What New Census Data Tell Us About Our Youngest Children

Source: CLASP - September 18, 2013

On September 18, 2013, CLASP published a new fact sheet, Child Poverty in the U.S.: What New Census Data Tell Us About Our Youngest Children, which highlights recently released 2012 U.S. Census poverty data and what it means for young children. In 2012, over 16 million children in the U.S. (22%) were living in poverty (income under $19,090 for a family of three) and nearly half of children under age 6 lived in low-income families (incomes under 200 percent of the poverty threshold). The factsheet discusses negative child and adult outcomes associated with child poverty and provides strategies to help families climb into the middle class.

2. Two New Articles Added to "Tackling Toxic Stress" Series

Source: Center for Developing Child at Harvard University - September 19, 2013

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has added the following two new articles to its Tackling Toxic Stress series:

  • Innovating in Early Head Start: Can Reducing Toxic Stress Improve Outcomes for Young Children? (2013) by Carol Gerwin - This article discusses efforts of the Early Head Start program to address the sources and effects of toxic stress, in order to help families in the most difficult circumstances give their children the best chance to succeed in life.
  • Using Science to Drive New Approaches to Child Welfare (2013) by Carol Gerwin - This article discusses how the federal Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) is encouraging states to integrate social and emotional well-being into child welfare's longstanding emphasis on ensuring safety and permanent placements for children experiencing abuse or neglect. The article highlights Washington state's focus on prevention and efforts in Illinois to improve foster care.

3. The Science of Neglect: InBrief Summary

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - September 19, 2013

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has published a new two-page summary, InBrief: The Science of Neglect, which explains why significant deprivation in the earliest years of life is so harmful and why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends by improving long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation. The brief provides an overview of The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain (2012), a Working Paper by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

4. Campaign Highlights the Importance of Early Detection of Communication Disorders

Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - September 19, 2013

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recently announced a new Identify the Signs public education campaign to highlight the importance of early detection of speech, language, and hearing disorders and to encourage the public to learn about early warning signs. The campaign has developed resources in both English and Spanish, including television, radio and print public service announcements.

5. FAQ for FY 2013 Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Applicants

Source: U.S. Departments of Education Health and Human Services - September 13, 2013

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (the Departments) recently published Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants related to the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) FY 2013 Competition. Additional or updated program guidance will be published on the RTT-ELC Web site.

6. Proposed Rule: Assistance to States for the Education of Children with Disabilities

Source: U.S. Department of Education - September 18, 2013

On September 18, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education published a notice in the Federal Register inviting comments from states and local education agencies on proposed amendments to the regulations under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding local maintenance of effort requirements. To learn more, see the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Assistance to States for the Education of Children with Disabilities - Maintenance of Effort. Comments must be received on or before December 2, 2013.