In this Issue:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.