In this Issue:
Source: Children's Bureau - January 14, 2014
An updated edition of Addressing the Needs of Young Children in Child Welfare: Part C - Early Intervention Services (November 2013) is now available on the Child Welfare Information Gateway. This bulletin describes the intersection of child welfare services and early intervention with young children, highlights the benefits of Part C for child welfare, and outlines how child welfare professionals can support Part C efforts. It discusses implementation challenges and provides strategies for implementing Part C provisions.
Source: National Parent Technical Assistance Center and Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center - January 15, 2014
The National Parent Technical Assistance Center, in collaboration with the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, recently published A Family Guide to Participating in the Child Outcomes Measurement Process, which informs parents about the three child outcomes that are measured for every child in the U.S. who participates in an early intervention or early childhood special education program. It includes tips on how families can be fully involved in the child outcomes measurement process and provides information on how families can use the outcomes to better understand their child's development.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - January 13, 2014
On January 13, 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Commission to Build a Healthier America released a new set of recommendations, Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities (2014). The report finds that spending on high-quality early childhood programs must be a priority in an era of fiscal constraints. Under its first recommendation, investing in early childhood, the Commission finds that the country should:
Source: FPG Child Development Institute, National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders - January 8, 2014
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPCD-ASD) at the FPG Child Development Institute recently published a new report, Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2014). In 2010, NPDC conducted a review of the literature (from 1997-2007) on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and identified 24 evidence-based practices (EBPs). The center has just updated the review, screening approximately 29,000 articles about ASD to identify the soundest research on interventions for children from birth to age 22. The new report identifies 27 focused intervention practices that provide a solid, empirical basis on which to design programs for children and youth with ASD.
Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - January 15, 2014
In December 2013, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), released the following two publications, which were produced by Child Trends as part of the Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research Analysis Project.
Source: Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance Program - January 17, 2014
The development of an early childhood system, both in states and communities, requires coordination among people and programs from many disciplines and organizations. The Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (ELC TA) Program recently published a guide, Supporting Children Through Community-Based Coalitions (December 2013), to support newly forming community coalitions in their work. The guide explores: (1) why coalitions are important to impacting change; (2) what coalitions need to be successful; (3) how to get started; and (4) what an action plan should include. It provides examples of nine community coalitions from around the country and additional resources for communities beginning the work.