January 17, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Addressing the Needs of Young Children in Child Welfare: Part C - Early Intervention Services
      Source: Children's Bureau - January 14, 2014
  2. A Family Guide to Participating in the Child Outcomes Measurement Process
      Source: National Parent Technical Assistance Center and Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center - January 15, 2014
  3. Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities
      Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - January 13, 2014
  4. Updated Autism Intervention Literature Review
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute, National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders - January 8, 2014
  5. New Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research
      Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - January 15, 2014
  6. Supporting Children Through Community-Based Coalitions
      Source: Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance Program - January 17, 2014

1. Addressing the Needs of Young Children in Child Welfare: Part C - Early Intervention Services

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.

2. A Family Guide to Participating in the Child Outcomes Measurement Process

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.

3. Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities

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:

  • Create stronger quality standards for early childhood development programs, link funding to program quality, and guarantee access by funding enrollment for all low-income children under age 5 in programs meeting these standards by 2025.
  • Help parents who struggle to provide healthy, nurturing experiences for their children.
  • Invest in research and innovation. Evaluation research will ensure that all early childhood programs are based on the best available evidence. Innovation will catalyze the design and testing of new intervention strategies to achieve substantially greater impacts than current best practices.

Read or download the Executive Summary and the Full Report here.

4. Updated Autism Intervention Literature Review

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.

5. New Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research

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.

  • The Child Care Decision-Making Literature Review - This literature review provides an overview of factors that have been found to influence parents' decision-making related to child care. The authors review implications for policy and practice.
  • Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say - This brief presents guidelines for identifying technical jargon used in child care surveys and developing alternative wording. The authors discuss implications for improved data quality.

6. Supporting Children Through Community-Based Coalitions

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.