December 20, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. Developmental and Behavioral Screening Initiative
      Source: Departments of Health and Human Services and Education - December 11, 2013
  2. Six States Awarded Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants
      Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Early Childhood Development Office - December 19, 2013
  3. Early Care and Education for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness
      Source: National Center for Homeless Education - Retrieved December 20, 2013
  4. Working Paper - Expanding Access to Quality Pre-K is Sound Public Policy
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - December 16, 2013
  5. Promoting School Readiness for Dual Language Learners
      Source: Migration Policy Institute, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy - Retrieved December 20, 2013
  6. Use of Electronic Media in Hispanic Households with Young Children
      Source: Center on Media and Human Development and National Center for Families Learning - December 20, 2013
  7. Eight New Observation and Documentation Practice Videos
      Source: Results Matter - December 13, 2013
  8. Proposed Rule: Provision of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents
      Source: Department of Defense - December 13, 2013

1. Developmental and Behavioral Screening Initiative

Source: Departments of Health and Human Services and Education - December 11, 2013

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Education have partnered to launch a public awareness campaign highlighting the importance of universal developmental and behavioral screening and support within the context of normative child development. The campaign will be targeted at numerous sectors (e.g. early care and education, medical, primary health care, child welfare, mental health). Learn more here and see the package of materials that will be launched as part of the public awareness campaign in 2014.

2. Six States Awarded Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Early Childhood Development Office - December 19, 2013

On December 19, 2013, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced the third round of grants in the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant competition. Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont will each receive a share of the 2013 RTT-ELC $280 million grant fund to improve quality and expand access to early learning programs throughout their states. The six winners join fourteen existing state grantees. Twenty states will now have additional federal resources to support their reform agenda for early childhood education. Learn more here.

3. Early Care and Education for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

Source: National Center for Homeless Education - Retrieved December 20, 2013

Over half of children living in federally funded homeless shelters are five years old or younger and many more young children live in other homeless situations. A new brief, Early Care and Education for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness (Fall 2013), suggests best practices to facilitate collaboration between schools, service provider agencies, and early childhood programs to increase the enrollment of and provision of services to families with young children experiencing homelessness. It was developed by the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), in collaboration with the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) as part of the McKinney-Vento Law Into Practice Brief Series. .

4. Working Paper - Expanding Access to Quality Pre-K is Sound Public Policy

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - December 16, 2013

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has published a new working paper, Expanding Access to Quality Pre-K is Sound Public Policy (December 2013), by W. Steven Barnett. The paper explores the evidence to address the following questions:

  • What does all the evidence say about effective preschool education and long-term cognitive benefits?
  • What are the estimated effects of state and local pre-K programs in more recent years?
  • Is Head Start ineffective?
  • Can government improve the quality of public preschool education?
  • If states expand pre-K with temporary federal matching funds, what happens to state education budgets when that federal money is not available?

5. Promoting School Readiness for Dual Language Learners

Source: Migration Policy Institute, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy - Retrieved December 20, 2013

The Migration Policy Institute's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy has published a new report, Early Education for Dual Language Learners: Promoting School Readiness and Early School Success (December 2013) by Linda Espinosa. The report provides a profile of young Dual Language Learners (DLLs) in the U.S., reviews the research on early care and education approaches that have been shown to support the development and achievement of these children, identifies key elements of high-quality early childhood education programs, and shows how these features can be integrated into programs for DLLs.

6. Use of Electronic Media in Hispanic Households with Young Children

Source: Center on Media and Human Development and National Center for Families Learning - December 20, 2013

A new report from the Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University and the National Center for Families, "Learning, Media, Technology, and Reading in Hispanic Families: A National Survey" (December 2013) [Note: Link checked on 7/7/2014 - this document is no longer available online.], provides a detailed look at family practices related to reading and use of electronic media in Hispanic households with young children. The report presents findings from a survey conducted in late fall 2012 as a companion to a study being conducted among the US population as a whole about parenting in the age of digital technology.

7. Eight New Observation and Documentation Practice Videos

Source: Results Matter - December 13, 2013

Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, recently posted 8 new videos in the Results Matter Video Library. The videos were produced to be used in professional development activities to provide early care and education providers opportunities to practice observation, documentation, and assessment skills. As with all Results Matters videos, the clips can be viewed online and downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities. They are posted in the Clips for Practicing Observation, Documentation and Assessment Skills section of the library.

  • Draco and Friends at a Restaurant (Runtime: 2:50)
  • Draco and Friends Playing with Legos (Runtime: 3:39)
  • Draco and Jessie Playing with Trains (Runtime: 5:55)
  • Draco's Transition to Group Time (Runtime: 4:01)
  • Devin and Draco Going Fishing (Runtime: 2:46)
  • Wyatt and Draco Playing at the Table (Runtime: 3:16)
  • Wyatt Playing with Beads (Runtime: 2:49)
  • Henry Gets Around (Runtime: 4:12)

8. Proposed Rule: Provision of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents

Source: Department of Defense - December 13, 2013

On December 13, 2013, the Department of Defense (DoD) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on the Provision of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents. The proposed rule would revise the current regulations in 32 CFR part 57 to incorporate the 2004 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and would establish other policy and assign responsibilities to implement the non-funding and non-reporting provisions of Parts B and C of the IDEA. The IDEA regulations in 34 CFR parts 300 and 303, which apply to States that receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education under IDEA Parts B and C, do not apply to the DoD school systems as DoD does not receive funds under the IDEA. Nothing in the proposed regulations would affect the applicability of the U.S. Department of Education's regulations implementing IDEA in 34 CFR parts 300 and 303. Comments must be received by February 11, 2014.