June 13, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Early Brain and Child Development Training Modules
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - June 6, 2014
  2. Immigrant Parents and Early Childhood Programs
      Source: Migration Policy Institute - June 12, 2014
  3. Evaluation of a Latino Parenting Program
      Source: Child Trends - June 11, 2014
  4. New Videos About Friendship, Inclusion and Family Engagement
      Source: Results Matter - June 10, 2014
  5. How Early Learning Challenge States Can Meet the Needs of Infants and Toddlers
      Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - June 10, 2014
  6. Grant Announcement - Early Head Start Expansion and EHS-Child Care Partnership Grants
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - June 6, 2014

1. Early Brain and Child Development Training Modules

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.

2. Immigrant Parents and Early Childhood Programs

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.

3. Evaluation of a Latino Parenting Program

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.

4. New Videos About Friendship, Inclusion and Family Engagement

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.

  • Friendship, Inclusion, and Learning (Runtime: 7:25) This story is about a beautiful friendship that blossomed between two young girls in a preschool classroom. The children's parents and teacher describe how the friendship helped both girls progress in learning important social and academic skills.
  • Photographer of the Day-Engaging Children and their Families (Runtime: 7:46), tells the story of how a preschool teacher created a "photographer of the day" classroom job for the children. The child's photos are shared the following day with the other children who reflect on the images and with families who get to see their children's experiences during the school day. The teacher and a parent describe the benefits of this activity for the children, their families, and the teacher.

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.

5. How Early Learning Challenge States Can Meet the Needs of Infants and Toddlers

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.

6. Grant Announcement - Early Head Start Expansion and EHS-Child Care Partnership Grants

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.