February 14, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Two New IDEA Part C Training Modules
      Source: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - February 11, 2014
  2. A Parent's Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning
      Source: Edutopia - February 13, 2014
  3. Summaries from the WWC "Teaching Math to Young Children" Practice Guide
      Source: Institute of Education Sciences, What Works Clearinghouse - February 10, 2014
  4. ACF Launches New Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Webpage
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families - February 12, 2014
  5. Invitation to Comment - State of Preschool Survey 2013-2015
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - February 12, 2014

1. Two New IDEA Part C Training Modules

Source: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - February 11, 2014

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) has released two new training modules, both of which look at what the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C regulations require in terms of transition planning and activities that must occur as toddlers in early intervention approach their third birthday. The new modules are part of NICHCY's Building the Legacy for Our Youngest Children Training Curriculum, which is being developed at the request of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education. The new modules include:

2. A Parent's Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning

Source: Edutopia - February 13, 2014

On February 13, 2014, Edutopia published a curated list of resources for parents and other caregivers about fostering kindness, empathy, resilience, perseverance, and focus in children. See A Parent's Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning.

3. Summaries from the WWC "Teaching Math to Young Children" Practice Guide

Source: Institute of Education Sciences, What Works Clearinghouse - February 10, 2014

The following two new summaries highlight key concepts from the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) practice guide on Teaching Math to Young Children, which was published in November 2013.

All of these documents are available at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide.aspx?sid=18

4. ACF Launches New Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Webpage

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families - February 12, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children & Families (ACF) recently launched a new webpage on the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, an initiative to support states and communities in expanding high quality early learning to infants and toddlers through partnerships between Early Head Start and child care. Through this initiative, Early Head Start grantees will partner with center-based and family child care providers who agree to meet Early Head Start Program Performance Standards and provide comprehensive, full-day, full year high-quality services to infants and toddlers from low-income families. Some of the resources on the page include:

  • An overview of the Early Head Start - Child Care Partnerships Initiative
  • Information on how to apply for a grant
  • Resources to help develop successful partnerships between Early Head Start grantees and family child care
  • A toolkit on blending and braiding early childhood program funding streams

5. Invitation to Comment - State of Preschool Survey 2013-2015

Source: U.S. Department of Education - February 12, 2014

On February 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education posted an Invitation to Comment on the State of Preschool Survey 2013-2015. This annual survey centralizes data about publicly provided early childhood education opportunities. Data are collected from state agencies responsible for providing early childhood education and made available for secondary analyses. Public comments are due on or before April 14, 2014.