May 23, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Access to High Quality Early Care and Education: Readiness and Opportunity Gaps in America
      Source: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes - May 19, 2014
  2. Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers - New CDC Resource
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - May 19, 2014
  3. The Role of Program Quality in Determining Head Start's Impact on Child Development
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - May 19, 2014
  4. Bright Futures and State Implementation
      Source: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials - Retrieved May 23, 2014

1. Access to High Quality Early Care and Education: Readiness and Opportunity Gaps in America

Source: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes - May 19, 2014

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) recently published a new report, Access to High Quality Early Care and Education: Readiness and Opportunity Gaps in America (May 2014), which finds that access to quality early care and education is highly unequal for children in the U.S. and is of particular concern for African American, Hispanic, and non-English-speaking children. This is due in part to the fact that targeted programs are often not high quality and targeting is not always effective in reaching disadvantaged populations. The information presented is based on analyses of three main sources of data: the State of the Preschool Yearbook series, the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort 2010/11 (ECLS-K), and the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort 2001 (ECLS-B). See also, a related blog post from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).

2. Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers - New CDC Resource

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - May 19, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently launched a free, online resource designed for parents of 2 to 4 year olds. Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers addresses common parenting challenges and provides strategies to help parents reduce parenting stress and build safe, stable, and nurturing relationships with their children. Skills focus on encouraging good behavior using proven strategies, such as positive communication, structure and rules, clear directions, and consistent discipline and consequences.

3. The Role of Program Quality in Determining Head Start's Impact on Child Development

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - May 19, 2014

A recent report, The Role of Program Quality in Determining Head Start's Impact on Child Development: Third Grade Follow-Up to the Head Start Impact Study (2014), examines the influence of Head Start quality on selected developmental cognitive and social-emotional outcomes. Using data from the Head Start Impact Study (HSIS), the report looks at whether the impacts of Head Start might be larger or more persistent for children who participate in high quality Head Start programs as opposed to lower quality Head Start programs. The report was published online by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) on May 19, 2014.

4. Bright Futures and State Implementation

Source: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials - Retrieved May 23, 2014

Bright Futures is a national effort of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) designed to promote children's current and future health through a set of evidence-based guidelines and related resources. A new issue brief, Bright Futures and State Implementation (2014), provides a concise history and overview of Bright Futures, describes its role in healthcare reform, and illustrates past and present examples of state efforts to implement the guidelines. The brief was produced by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.