January 24, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. The State of America's Children 2014
      Source: Children's Defense Fund - January 23, 2014
  2. Subprime Learning: Early Education in America Since the Great Recession
      Source: New America Foundation - January 23, 2014
  3. New Video Illustrates Collaboration Between Preschool and Early Childhood Special Education
      Source: Results Matter, Colorado Department of Education - January 17, 2014
  4. TACSEI's Backpack Connection Series Now Complete
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - January 16, 2014
  5. Putting the Pieces Together: A Logic Model for Coaching in Head Start
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - January 22, 2014
  6. Cross-Site Evaluation of Project LAUNCH: Key Findings in the First Year
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - January 17, 2014

1. The State of America's Children 2014

Source: Children's Defense Fund - January 23, 2014

The Children's Defense Fund has published a new edition of its annual report on the well-being of children. The State of America's Children 2014 provides data on child population, poverty, family structure and income, housing, child nutrition, early childhood, education, and more. It finds that for the first time, the majority of children in America under the age of two are now children of color and children of color are disproportionately poor. Over 1 in 4 children under age 5 are poor and over 1 in 3 children of color under age 5 are poor.

2. Subprime Learning: Early Education in America Since the Great Recession

Source: New America Foundation - January 23, 2014

The New America Foundation has published a new report, Subprime Learning: Early Education in America since the Great Recession (January 2014), by Lisa Guernsey, Laura Bornfreund, Clare McCann, and Conor Williams. The authors look at indicators related to early care and education over the past five years. They find that progress has been made in home-visiting programs, infrastructure-building, standards, and accountability across many states and federal policies; however, there has also been an increase in child poverty, a lack of attention to the growing population of dual-language learners, reduced funding, and widening achievement gaps between rich and poor. They conclude that the past five years have not worked in the favor of young children who need access to opportunities that would give them a strong start in school and life.

3. New Video Illustrates Collaboration Between Preschool and Early Childhood Special Education

Source: Results Matter, Colorado Department of Education - January 17, 2014

Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, recently posted the following new video in the Results Matter Video Library. It is posted in the Practices Here and There section of the library. As with all Results Matters videos, it can be viewed online or downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities.

  • Collaborating to Support Aiden (Runtime: 12:14) illustrates how a homebound interventionist and a preschool teacher collaborated to enable a young child to attend a typical preschool classroom through video conferencing. The story illustrates collaboration between general and special education, teaming, the importance of reflection, family engagement, friendships, uses of technology, modifying instructional practices to include all children, administrative support, and IEP meetings.

4. TACSEI's Backpack Connection Series Now Complete

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - January 16, 2014

The Backpack Connection series was created by the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. TACSEI recently completed the series with the following four handouts:

5. Putting the Pieces Together: A Logic Model for Coaching in Head Start

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - January 22, 2014

Putting the Pieces Together: A Logic Model for Coaching in Head Start presents a logic model characterizing the Office of Head Start's Early Learning Mentor Coach (ELMC) Initiative. The logic model was developed to help identify factors to consider when designing and implementing a coaching initiative. It can also be used by researchers seeking to evaluate such initiatives.

6. Cross-Site Evaluation of Project LAUNCH: Key Findings in the First Year

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - January 17, 2014

Project LAUNCH is a program administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to promote the social, emotional, behavioral, physical and cognitive development of young children. Cross-Site Evaluation of Project LAUNCH: Key Findings in the First Year (January 2014) presents key findings from 24 grantees' first year of implementation.