November 7, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Just Released! New Searchable QRIS Compendium
      Source: BUILD Initiative - November 5, 2014
  2. Advancing Connections Between Health, Learning, and Families
      Source: Alliance for Early Success - November 7, 2014
  3. New Infant-Toddler Training and Technical Assistance Projects
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Offices of Child Care and Head Start - October 17, 2014
  4. Five New Videos from Results Matter Available
      Source: Results Matter - November 3, 2014

1. Just Released! New Searchable QRIS Compendium

Source: BUILD Initiative - November 5, 2014

The BUILD Initiative recently launched a new searchable, web-based QRIS Compendium , which provides answers to common questions about Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS); compiles the latest details on QRIS in every state, territory and region/locality in the U.S.; and allows users to compare data for the QRIS in different states or localities, examine data for specific categories, create reports, and download datasets. It is meant to help promote thoughtful design, analysis and ongoing improvement in early care and education systems building. A demonstration webinar will be held on Thursday, December 4th from 2-3 pm ET - register here.

2. Advancing Connections Between Health, Learning, and Families

Source: Alliance for Early Success - November 7, 2014

The Alliance for Early Success has released two new reports that expand on their Birth through Age Eight Policy Framework by identifying key policies that connect health, family support, and early learning.

  • State Policies that Support the Intersection between Health and Early Learning - In 2014, the Alliance conducted key-informant interviews and convened a Health Policy Roundtable bringing together experts from a broad range of early childhood and health-related fields. This paper highlights key findings from that process and discusses critical policies that intersect the health and learning domains and can lead to good health, learning, and family outcomes.
  • Bridging State Policies for Children and Families - In 2014, the Alliance conducted key-informant interviews and convened a Bridging State Policies for Children and Families meeting with the National Governors Association and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This paper summarizes key policy recommendations that emerged from those conversations on how to bridge state policies between family support and early childhood for improved results.

3. New Infant-Toddler Training and Technical Assistance Projects

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Offices of Child Care and Head Start - October 17, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Child Care (OCC) and Office Head Start (OHS) recently announced that they will be co-administering two new training and technical assistance (T/TA) projects that focus on infants and toddlers in early care settings. The new National Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership T/TA Center will provide training, resources and materials to support the effective implementation of new Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships. The Career Pathway Portal for Great Infant-Toddler Teachers will offer a web-based, one-stop portal of existing federally-funded, public domain, online training programs spanning child care, Early Head Start, Head Start, Pre-K and early childhood mental health. See the announcement here.

4. Five New Videos from Results Matter Available

Source: Results Matter - November 3, 2014

Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, recently posted five new videos in their Results Matter Video Library. Four of the videos can be viewed and downloaded at no cost for use in professional and educational activities from the Practicing Observation, Documentation and Assessment Skills section of the library.

  • Praptee at the Breakfast Table (Runtime: 4:03) - Preschooler Praptee demonstrates a rich variety of self-help, communication, social, and manipulative skills at breakfast.
  • Praptee's Self-Portrait (Runtime: 6:57) - Preschooler Praptee demonstrates a rich variety of artistic, fine motor, communication, social, and literacy skills while producing a life-size self-portrait.
  • Cameron and Alexis Playing with Blocks (Runtime: 4:25) Cameron and Alexis demonstrate a rich variety of communication, social, problem-solving, motor, manipulative, imagination, and play skills in the block area.
  • The Puppet Stage (Runtime: 3:20) Jenniah, Cameron, and Evelynn demonstrate a rich variety of imaginative, communication, social, motor, manipulative, and play skills while playing with puppets.

A fifth video illustrates how a preschool teacher shares videos of children's development and learning with their parents at parent-teacher conferences. It can be viewed and downloaded from the Practices Here and There section of the library.

  • Engaging Families with Video at Parent-Teacher Conferences (Runtime: 7:48) - In this video, Anna La Torre, an ECE Teacher, illustrates how she shares video of children's development and learning with their parents at parent-teacher conferences. Anna and two parents describe the benefits of sharing video for teachers, families, and children.