March 21, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Fact Sheets on Supporting Immigrant Families' Access to Prekindergarten
      Source: Urban Institute - March 19, 2014
  2. Head Start by the Numbers: 2012 PIR Profiles
      Source: CLASP - March 19, 2014
  3. New! Implementation Quick Start Streaming Presentation
      Source: State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center - Retrieved March 21, 2014
  4. Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Early Care and Education - Standards
      Source: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education - March 21, 2014
  5. The 50-state Child Care Licensing Study: 2011-2013 Edition (2014)
      Source: National Association for Regulatory Administration - Retrieved March 21, 2014
  6. Videos and Materials from the Science of Children - Birth to Age 8 Public Session Available Online
      Source: Institute of Medicine and National Research Council - March 18, 2014
  7. The Nuts and Bolts of Building Early Childhood Systems through State/Local Initiatives
      Source: BUILD Initiative - March 17, 2014

1. Fact Sheets on Supporting Immigrant Families' Access to Prekindergarten

Source: Urban Institute - March 19, 2014

Children of immigrants can benefit from attending prekindergarten, though they enroll less, on average, than children with US-born parents. The Urban Institute recently published the following three fact sheets on supporting immigrant families' access to prekindergarten:

See also, the full report: Supporting Immigrant Families' Access to Prekindergarten (March 19, 2014)

2. Head Start by the Numbers: 2012 PIR Profiles

Source: CLASP - March 19, 2014

On March 19, 2014, CLASP announced the release of its 2012 Head Start State Profiles (March 2014) and a new interactive map providing state-by-state data on all Head Start programs in the state: Early Head Start, Head Start preschool, and Migrant/Seasonal Head Start. The profiles include information on Head Start participants, families, staff, and programs. They are based on the 2012 Program Information Report (PIR) data, which all Head Start programs are required to complete on an annual basis

3. New! Implementation Quick Start Streaming Presentation

Source: State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center - Retrieved March 21, 2014

The State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center (SISEP) has published a new 5 minute streaming presentation called Implementation Quick Start (March 2014). The presentation is intended to help individuals introduce the concept of implementation science and the Active Implementation Frameworks to their leadership teams, colleagues and other interested stakeholders. It is available 24/7 on SISEP's Active Implementation (AI) Hub.

4. Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Early Care and Education - Standards

Source: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education - March 21, 2014

It is critical that the growing number of children attending early care and education programs have the opportunity to learn in healthy, safe environments with caring, professional caregivers/teachers. A newly published resource, Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Early Care and Education (2014) provides a collection of 232 nationally recognized health and safety standards applicable to infants and toddlers in early care and education settings. They are a subset of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd ed. (2013). They are the result of a joint collaborative project of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, and National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education.

5. The 50-state Child Care Licensing Study: 2011-2013 Edition (2014)

Source: National Association for Regulatory Administration - Retrieved March 21, 2014

Licensing in the early care and education system provides a mandatory floor of program standards that will protect children from harm and enhance learning and development. The National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) recently released The 50-state Child Care Licensing Study: 2011-2013 Edition (2014), which provides detailed data on child care licensing regulations and monitoring in all the states. Findings are presented according to child care setting type and topics covered include: background checks, complaint investigations, monitoring, inspector training, the licensing process, child health, discipline, emergency preparedness, nutrition, child care staff requirements and training, and child supervision.

6. Videos and Materials from the Science of Children - Birth to Age 8 Public Session Available Online

Source: Institute of Medicine and National Research Council - March 18, 2014

The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council (IOM/NRC) Committee on the Science of Children Birth to 8: Deepening and Broadening the Foundation for Success is preparing a consensus report on how the science of children's health, learning and development from birth - age 8 can inform how we prepare a workforce to seamlessly support children's success. The committee recently held a public meeting to hear from stakeholders in the field. Videos of the webcast, and a packet of meeting handouts are now available online.

7. The Nuts and Bolts of Building Early Childhood Systems through State/Local Initiatives

Source: BUILD Initiative - March 17, 2014

On March 17, 2014, the BUILD Initiative hosted a webinar that discussed the efforts of a number of states to develop statewide community-based approaches to building comprehensive early childhood systems. A related summary of national research, The Nuts and Bolts of Building Early Childhood Systems through State/Local Initiatives (2014), is available online. You can also find individual state profiles at this link to better understand the work in specific states.