In this Issue:
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - June 23, 2014
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently published a formal policy statement recommending that pediatric providers promote early literacy development for children beginning in infancy and continuing at least until the age of kindergarten. Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component of Primary Care Pediatric Practice (June 2014) discusses five recommendations related to: (1) encouraging all parents to read with young children; (2) counseling all parents about developmentally appropriate shared-reading activities; (3) providing developmentally appropriate books at health supervision visits for all high-risk, low-income young children; (4) using a robust spectrum of options to support and promote these efforts; and (5) partnering with other child advocates to influence national messaging and policies that support and promote key early shared-reading experiences.
Source: Child Care Aware of America - June 23, 2014
Close to 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care every week. On average, the children of working mothers spend 36 hours a week in such care. On June 23, 2014, Child Care Aware of America announced the release of the annual Child Care State Fact Sheets. These fact sheets provide data on the cost, use, and supply of child care in individual states, as well as family characteristics related to the need of child care, services provided by Child Care Resource and Referral agencies, and the child care workforce.
Source: National Implementation Research Network - June 23, 2014
The Active Implementation Hub (AI Hub) has a new page to introduce practitioners, educators, coaches and trainers to the wealth of free learning content available on the site. The new Getting Started page includes four short (2-5 minute) orientation videos to view and share with others. The AI Hub is a free, online learning environment for use by any one engaged in actively implementing or scaling up programs and innovations. It is a project of the State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center (SISEP) and the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN).
Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - June 27, 2014
The appendices of survey data from the 2013 State Preschool Yearbook are now available online as a single PDF. The appendices provide in-depth information on pre-K program enrollment, spending and funding sources, and range of program quality standards. The Yearbook was published by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) in May 2014.
Source: First Focus - June 24, 2014
First Focus recently published Children's Budget 2014, a detailed guide to over 180 distinct federal investments in children, including traditional children's initiatives, such as education and child abuse and neglect prevention, as well as other investments that benefit children, such as Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps).