September 5, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. A Parent's View of the Power of Early Intervention
      Source: the Desired Results access Project - September 4, 2014
  2. New Fact Sheets on Head Start Programs in 2013
      Source: CLASP - September 3, 2014
  3. International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education - New Issue Available
      Source: International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education - August 29, 2014
  4. Knowing the Numbers: Accessing and Using Child Welfare Data
      Source: Child Trends - September 4, 2014

1. A Parent's View of the Power of Early Intervention

Source: the Desired Results access Project - September 4, 2014

California's Desired Results access Project recently added a new video on the power of early intervention to their online Video Library. Harper Hope: A Parent's View of the Power of Early Intervention (runtime 15:03), is meant to benefit families who are, or will be, receiving early intervention services, as well as current and future early intervention practitioners. In Part 1, Karis and Mike Johnson share reflections about their daughter's birth and early months in the NICU; in Part 2, Karis describes and illustrates the role of early intervention in their lives. As with all Desired Results videos, this video can be viewed online or downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities. It is posted on the General Interest section of the library.

2. New Fact Sheets on Head Start Programs in 2013

Source: CLASP - September 3, 2014

CLASP has released three new fact sheets on Head Start programs in 2013:

The fact sheets show that in 2013, the Head Start program served more than 1.1 million children and 15,400 pregnant women. Some additional findings include:

  • At the end of their Head Start enrollment, 97% of children had continuous access to medical care, 96% had health insurance, and 96% were up to date on their immunizations.
  • 63% of families using Head Start included at least one employed parent, and 15% of families had at least one parent in school or job training.
  • In the Head Start Preschool Program, 95% of teachers had at least an associate degree (A.A.) in early childhood education or a related field - a 2% increase from 2012. In addition, 67% of teachers had a bachelor's degree (B.A.) or higher in early childhood education or a related field - a 5% increase from 2012.
  • In the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program, 98% of children had a medical home for ongoing medical care and 91% had a source for ongoing dental care by the end of the program year.

3. International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education - New Issue Available

Source: International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education - August 29, 2014

The June 2014 issue of the International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education (INT-JECSE) is now available online. INT-JECSE is an open-access, peer reviewed journal offering scholarly articles on various issues related to young children with special needs (0-8 age) and their families. Select "Language: English" in the upper right corner of the page. View the table of contents here.

4. Knowing the Numbers: Accessing and Using Child Welfare Data

Source: Child Trends - September 4, 2014

A new brief from Child Trends, Knowing the Numbers: Accessing and Using Child Welfare Data (September 2014), provides an overview of child welfare data sources and answers the following questions: What are the major data sources? What can I do with the data/what can they tell me? How do I access them (both the public-use datasets with child-level information, as well as summary data)?