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Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - June 6, 2014
The Early Brain and Child Development (EBCD) initiative, a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has produced five training modules for primary care health professionals. The modules focus on early brain development, toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences, supporting parents, cultivating community relationships, and advocacy. Each one takes about 45 minutes to complete, incorporates real time learning, and is designed to be fun and interactive. The modules are adaptable to a variety of needs and situations: groups and individual learners are both intended audiences.
Source: Migration Policy Institute - June 12, 2014
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) has released a new report, Immigrant Parents and Early Childhood Programs: Addressing Barriers of Literacy, Culture, and Systems Knowledge (June 2014). The report identifies the challenges immigrant and refugee families face as they try to engage in their young children's education, particularly those with low literacy or limited English proficiency, It also highlights strategies that can be used to address these challenges. It is based on field research in six states, expert interviews, a literature review, and a sociodemographic analysis.
Source: Child Trends - June 11, 2014
A new brief from the Child Trends Hispanic Institute discusses the results of an evaluation of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, one of the largest programs in the U.S. working with low-income Latino parents of preschool-aged children. Since it began in 2007, Abriendo Puertas has served over 30,000 parents/families in 34 states. Child Trends' Evaluation of the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors Program: Executive Summary and Discussion Brief (June 2014) reports that the program results in enhanced parenting practices that promote preschool children's learning and preparation for school, such as reading with children at home and knowing what to look for in quality child care. See also, this related Child Trends infographic in Spanish on preparing children for school success.
Source: Results Matter - June 10, 2014
Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, recently posted the following two new videos in the Results Matter Video Library.
Both can be accessed from the Practices Here and There section of the library. As with all Results Matter videos, they can be viewed online and downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities.
Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - June 10, 2014
The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center recently released Meeting the Challenge: How the Newest Early Learning Challenge Grantees Can Meet the Needs of Infants and Toddlers (May 2014), which explores six strategies the most recent Early Learning Challenge (ELC) grant recipients (Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont) are using that have the potential to improve outcomes for infants and toddlers. These strategies include: developing and integrating Early Learning Guidelines for infants and toddlers; professional development of the infant-toddler workforce; expansion of home visiting; building capacity in high-need communities; engaging and supporting families; and connecting families to appropriate services.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - June 6, 2014
On June 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Head Start (OHS) published the Funding Opportunity Announcement for Early Head Start (EHS) Expansion and EHS-Child Care Partnership Grants (HHS-2015-ACF-OHS-HP-0814). This $500 million funding opportunity is meant to expand access to high-quality, comprehensive services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families. For more information, see the Office of Head Start's applicant support site. The application due date is August 20, 2014.