October 24, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. New Initiative to Bridge the Word Gap
      Source: The White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog - October 16, 2014
  2. Beyond the Word Gap - Multimedia Web Portal
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - October 17, 2014
  3. Initiatives from Preschool to Third Grade: A Policymaker's Guide
      Source: Education Commission of the States - October 20, 2014
  4. State Strategies to Support Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Settings
      Source: CLASP - October 23, 2014
  5. New IDEA Part C Training Modules Released
      Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources - Retrieved October 21, 2014
  6. Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014
      Source: National Women's Law Center - October 22, 2014
  7. New Resources in Spanish - Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
      Source: Departments of Health and Human Services and Education - October 21, 2014
  8. Tribal Home Visiting Programs: Review of the Evidence
      Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - October 21. 2014
  9. Grant Notices - Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - October 22, 2014

1. New Initiative to Bridge the Word Gap

Source: The White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog - October 16, 2014

Research shows that children who are poor hear approximately 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers during the first three years of life. This "word gap" can lead to disparities in not only school readiness, but also long-term educational and health outcomes, earnings, and family stability. On October 16, 2014, the Obama Administration, along with Too Small to Fail and the Urban Institute, hosted a White House event on Federal, state, and local efforts to bridge the word gap. The Administration announced a coordinated effort by the Department of Education (ED), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help parents, caregivers, and teachers on this important issue. To learn more, see the related FACT SHEET: New Steps by the Administration to Help Parents "Bridge the Word Gap", which describes the initiatives, including the Bridging the Word Gap Network and others.

2. Beyond the Word Gap - Multimedia Web Portal

Source: ZERO TO THREE - October 17, 2014

ZERO TO THREE recently launched a new multimedia web portal designed to provide parents, professionals, and policymakers with resources to help close the word gap and support early language and literacy. Beyond the Word Gap highlights the importance of close, nurturing relationships with trusted adults for children's early language skills and all aspects of development. It features resources in both English and Spanish, including mobile apps, interactive online tools, videos, infographics, podcasts, policy materials, and more.

3. Initiatives from Preschool to Third Grade: A Policymaker's Guide

Source: Education Commission of the States - October 20, 2014

On October 20, 2014, the Education Commission of the States released Initiatives from Preschool to Third Grade: A Policymaker's Guide (October 2014). This primer for policymakers addresses five strategies to support children on their path to third-grade academic success (preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds; effective transitions between preschool and kindergarten; full-day kindergarten for 5-year-olds; kindergarten entrance assessments; policies to promote third-grade reading proficiency) and the foundations of effective P-3 approaches (high-quality P-3 programs; aligned P-3 standards, curricula and assessments; efficient P-3 financing; effective P-3 governance).

4. State Strategies to Support Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Settings

Source: CLASP - October 23, 2014

A new brief from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), First Steps for Early Success: State Strategies to Support Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Settings (October 2014) explores the role of child care and early education programs in connecting children to developmental screening, as well as national efforts and funding streams to support developmental screening and its relationship to early childhood. The brief includes state policy examples and recommendations stakeholders can draw on when considering how to expand access to developmental screening in early childhood settings.

5. New IDEA Part C Training Modules Released

Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources - Retrieved October 21, 2014

Several new modules have recently been added to the Building the Legacy for Our Youngest Children with Disabilities: A Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004's Part C. The Part C training curriculum is primarily meant to be used by trainers to train others about the early intervention program under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It is being developed by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) at the request of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). See information about the training curriculum to learn more. The newest modules include:

6. Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014

Source: National Women's Law Center - October 22, 2014

On October 22, 2014, the National Women's Law Center released a new state-by-state report, Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014. The report examines five critical child care assistance policies that affect the help families can get in paying for child care and finds that families in 33 states are doing better under one or more of these policies than they were last year. However, in 13 states, families are worse off than they were before under one or more policies. This is the second year in a row in which the situation for families improved in more states than it worsened.

7. New Resources in Spanish - Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

Source: Departments of Health and Human Services and Education - October 21, 2014

The Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! initiative has added two new resources in Spanish to their collection of materials. This collaborative initiative of the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) was launched to help families look for and celebrate milestones; promote universal screenings; identify delays as early as possible; and improve the support available to help children succeed in school and thrive together with their peers. The new resources in Spanish include:

8. Tribal Home Visiting Programs: Review of the Evidence

Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - October 21. 2014

The Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) initiative was launched in 2009 to identify home visiting models that meet the criteria of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for an evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model. A newly updated report describes the findings from a recent review that was done to assess the evidence of effectiveness of culturally relevant home visiting models that have been implemented in tribal communities or evaluated with American Indian and Alaska Native families and children.

9. Grant Notices - Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities

Source: U.S. Department of Education - October 22, 2014

On October 22, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education published the following grant notices in the Federal Register

The application packages for the 84.325D and 84.325K competitions are posted on the Department's Website at http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html and also on http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html