November 26, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. State of the States Policy Snapshot: State Pre-K Monitoring and Evaluation Policies
      Source: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes - November 26, 2013
  2. State of the States: IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems Interactive Map
      Source: Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Centers - Retrieved November 27, 2013
  3. Blending and Braiding Early Childhood Program Funding Streams Toolkit
      Source: Ounce of Prevention Fund - November 26, 2013
  4. Validation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Examples from Four States
      Source: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - November 21, 2013
  5. Child Health USA 2013
      Source: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau - Retrieved November 27, 2013

1. State of the States Policy Snapshot: State Pre-K Monitoring and Evaluation Policies

Source: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes - November 26, 2013

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) recently published a new policy brief, State of the States Policy Snapshot: State Pre-K Monitoring and Evaluation Policies (November 2013), by Diane Schilder and Megan E. Carolan. This policy brief discusses why evaluation and monitoring systems are important for quality early education. It provides secondary analyses of state responses to survey questions related to the data they collect to monitor and evaluate pre-k program quality. The data was originally gathered by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) during surveys of state preschool programs conducted in 2006 and 2012.

2. State of the States: IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems Interactive Map

Source: Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Centers - Retrieved November 27, 2013

The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Centers (DaSy Center) works with states to enhance their data systems for Part C Early Intervention and Part B 619 Preschool Special Education programs supported through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The DaSy Center recently launched a new State of the States series of interactive maps presenting national and state-by-state information on ten features of IDEA Part C and Part B 619 data systems. The data presented are based on information collected in the summer of 2013. More details are available in the full report, IDEA Part C and Part B 619 State Data Systems: Current Status and Future Priorities (2013).

3. Blending and Braiding Early Childhood Program Funding Streams Toolkit

Source: Ounce of Prevention Fund - November 26, 2013

The Ounce of Prevention Fund recently published a new toolkit, Blending and Braiding Early Childhood Program Funding Streams Toolkit (November 2013). It is designed to provide state advocates and policymakers with strategies, tools, resources and options to make policy choices that facilitate the blending and braiding of funding streams to improve access to high-quality early learning programs that benefit vulnerable young children and working families.

4. Validation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Examples from Four States

Source: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - November 21, 2013

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are only useful if their ratings are valid. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) recently published a new brief that provides detailed examples and findings from QRIS validation activities in four states: Indiana, Maine, Minnesota and Virginia. Validation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Examples from Four States (2013), by Lahti, M., Sabol, T., Starr, R., Langill, C., & Tout, K. (2013) demonstrates how different states have approached QRIS validation, compares findings, and highlights challenges in designing and conducting QRIS validation studies.

5. Child Health USA 2013

Source: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau - Retrieved November 27, 2013

The Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau has published Child Health USA 2013 (2013). This annual report on the health status and service needs of America's children provides both graphical and textual summaries of data on over 50 health-related indicators and addresses long-term trends. The 2013 edition focuses on perinatal health and health care access.