October 31, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. White House Summit on Early Education Planned for December 10, 2014
      Source: The White House - October 29, 2014
  2. Governors' Role in Strengthening Early Mathematics Learning
      Source: National Governors Association - October 28, 2014
  3. Supporting Babies Through QRIS: A Self-Assessment Tool
      Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - October 27, 2014
  4. Research-Based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - October 30, 2014
  5. A Review of the Literature Pertaining to Family-Centered Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs
      Source: Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health - Retrieved October 31, 2014
  6. Evaluating Early Childhood Educators: Prekindergarten through Third Grade
      Source: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes - Retrieved October 31, 2014
  7. Designing a Home Visiting Framework for Families in Public and Mixed-Income Communities
      Source: Urban Institute - October 30, 2014

1. White House Summit on Early Education Planned for December 10, 2014

Source: The White House - October 29, 2014

The White House has announced that President Obama will host a White House Summit on Early Education on December 10, 2014. The Summit will bring together philanthropic, business, education, advocacy, elected leaders, and other stakeholders who are committed to expanding access to high-quality early education. During the summit, the President will announce the states and communities that will receive $250 million in Preschool Development Grants and $500 million in Early Head Start Child Care Partnership awards to enhance and expand preschool programs and to improve access to high-quality infant and toddler care in high-need communities.

2. Governors' Role in Strengthening Early Mathematics Learning

Source: National Governors Association - October 28, 2014

According to a new report from the National Governors Association (NGA), a child's math ability at school-entry is a better predictor of academic achievement, high school graduation, and college attendance than any other early childhood skill. Unlocking Young Children's Potential: Governors' Role in Strengthening Early Mathematics Learning (October 2014), outlines actions that governors can take to advance early mathematics education and promote high-quality mathematics instruction for young children. Read the press release here.

3. Supporting Babies Through QRIS: A Self-Assessment Tool

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - October 27, 2014

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center recently released a new self-assessment tool to help states and jurisdictions identify strengths, opportunities, and gaps in a coordinated system of quality improvement for programs serving infants, toddlers, and their families. Supporting Babies Through QRIS: A Self-Assessment Tool for U.S. States and Other Jurisdictions (October 2014) is the latest in ZERO TO THREE's Supporting Babies Through QRIS series. The series presents a national review of QRISs that have been implemented statewide and provides examples of QRIS standards and supports for infants and toddlers that have been implemented across the nation.

4. Research-Based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old

Source: ZERO TO THREE - October 30, 2014

ZERO TO THREE has published a new white paper, Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight - Research-Based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old (2014). The paper reviews what is known about the effect of screen media on young children's learning and development from birth to 3 and provides guidelines for screen use based on the evidence. In addition to the paper, ZERO to THREE also has published a summary of key findings, an infographic of 5 common misconceptions related to children and screen media, and tips for using screen media with children under age 3.

5. A Review of the Literature Pertaining to Family-Centered Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Source: Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health - Retrieved October 31, 2014

A new report by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health summarizes findings from a review of the research related to family-centered care for children with special health care needs. A Review of the Literature Pertaining to Family-Centered Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs (October 2014) examines what has been learned about the problems families face in having their needs met and how high-quality family-centered care might be developed and implemented. It highlights studies that look at components of family-centered care such as, family-provider partnerships, coordinated care, racial/ethnic and linguistic barriers, and culturally competent care.

6. Evaluating Early Childhood Educators: Prekindergarten through Third Grade

Source: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes - Retrieved October 31, 2014

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) recently published a new guide, Evaluating Early Childhood Educators: Prekindergarten through Third Grade (October 2014), to help state and district teams problem-solve and make design decisions related to evaluation systems for early childhood teachers. The guide was designed as a supplement and extension to the Great Teacher and Leader Center's resource, Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems.

7. Designing a Home Visiting Framework for Families in Public and Mixed-Income Communities

Source: Urban Institute - October 30, 2014

Young children in public and mixed-income housing frequently are exposed to deep poverty and developmental and educational risks, yet home visiting programs that could help these vulnerable families are often not designed to fully address their unique needs. A new brief from the Urban Institute, Designing a Home Visiting Framework for Families in Public and Mixed-Income Communities (October 2014) presents key issues that program planners and early childhood leaders should consider when designing appropriate and responsive home visiting programs for young children and families in these communities.