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Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Early Childhood Development - September 25, 2013
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD) recently published two briefs highlighting the work being done in the nine states that received grants under phase 1 of the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program (CA, DE, MD, MA, MN, NC, OH, RI, and WA). The grantee states submitted their first Annual Performance Reports (APRs) in February 2013, describing lessons learned and progress being made in each of the five RTT-ELC reform areas. These briefs provide a summary of the 1st year of work that grantees completed in the reform areas of "A Great Early Childhood Education Workforce" and "High-Quality, Accountable Programs."
Source: ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends - September 25, 2013
A new report from ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends discusses findings from a 2013 survey of state child welfare agencies about how they address the needs of infants and toddlers who have been maltreated. Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers: A Survey of State Child Welfare Policies and Initiatives (September 2013) finds that few states differentiate services or timelines for infants and toddlers from those for older children and relatively few have implemented promising approaches to meeting the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers.
Source: State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center - September 26, 2013
Implementation Teams support the implementation, sustainability, and scale-up of usable interventions. A new online module on Implementation Teams (Module 3) from the State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center (SISEP) is designed to assist new and existing Implementation Teams in actively building capacity and scaling-up programs and innovations. SISEP's AI Modules are short (30-45 minute) online modules designed to be self-paced, or blended with existing pre-service and in-service training.
Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - September 16, 2013
The National Center for Children in Poverty recently released updated Early Childhood State Policy Profiles (September 16, 2013), which provide a comprehensive view of state policies that affect the health and well-being of young children in low-income families in the areas of health, early care and education, and parenting and economic supports. The state profiles are products of NCCP's Improving the Odds Project for Young Children Project.
Source: White House Initiative on Educational Excellence For Hispanics - September 18, 2013
On September 18, 2013, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence For Hispanics and the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics hosted a National Summit on Hispanic Early Learning in Miami, FL. A video message from James Heckman, Nobel Prize winning Professor of Education at the University of Chicago, was shown at the summit. Videos of the full event (Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5) can be seen on Miami-Dade College's YouTube channel. Hispanic children represent the fastest growing segment of the nation's population under the age of five, but less than half are enrolled in any early learning program.
Source: Urban Institute - September 26, 2013
The Urban Institute has published a new fact sheet, The Negative Effects of Instability on Child Development: Fact Sheet (September 26, 2013) by Heather Sandstrom and Sandra Huerta. Research shows that children thrive in stable and nurturing environments where they have a regular routine and know what to expect. However, many children face instability and the recession has put even more children at risk. This fact sheet summarizes key findings from a review of research in five areas of instability: family income, parental employment, family structure, housing, and the out-of-home contexts of school and child care. The authors provide recommendations for policy and practice to lessen instability's impact.