November 21, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. President Signs Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014
      Source: Office of Child Care - November 18, 2014
  2. The Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study
      Source: Center for the Study of Child Care Employment - Retrieved November 21, 2014
  3. QRIS and Inclusion: Do State QRIS Standards Support the Learning Needs of All Children?
      Source: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes - Retrieved November 20, 2014
  4. Raising A Reader Builds Evidence Base for its Parent Engagement and Early Literacy Program
      Source: Child Trends - Retrieved November 21, 2014
  5. Children in Early Head Start and Head Start: A Profile of Early Leavers
      Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - November 20, 2014
  6. Applications for New Awards: Stepping-up Technology Implementation
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - November 21, 2014

1. President Signs Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014

Source: Office of Child Care - November 18, 2014

On November 18, 2014, President Obama signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law. The new law reauthorizes the child care program for the first time since 1996 and represents an historic re-envisioning of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. It defines health and safety requirements for child care providers, outlines family-friendly eligibility policies, and ensures that parents and the general public have transparent information about the child care choices available to them. A new CCDBG Reauthorization Resource webpage has been created to provide resources and materials related to reauthorization and implementation of the new statute. Questions regarding the new law can be submitted to ccdf.reauthorization@acf.hhs.gov

2. The Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study

Source: Center for the Study of Child Care Employment - Retrieved November 21, 2014

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment has released a new report, Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study (November 2014), which uses evidence from multiple sources to provide a portrait of the early childhood teaching workforce today in comparison to 25 years ago. The report examines trends in center-based teachers' education, wages and turnover; discusses new evidence about economic insecurity and use of public benefits among this predominantly female, ethnically diverse workforce; and appraises state and national efforts to improve early childhood teaching jobs. The authors offer recommendations aimed at rectifying low teacher salaries in early childhood education. See also, a related blog post from the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) - Revisiting early childhood teachers, 25 years later (November 19, 2014).

3. QRIS and Inclusion: Do State QRIS Standards Support the Learning Needs of All Children?

Source: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes - Retrieved November 20, 2014

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) has published a new fast fact, QRIS and Inclusion: Do State QRIS Standards Support the Learning Needs of All Children? (November 2014), which looks at how states accommodate children with special needs in their quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) and highlights states with exceptional inclusionary practices.

4. Raising A Reader Builds Evidence Base for its Parent Engagement and Early Literacy Program

Source: Child Trends - Retrieved November 21, 2014

Child Trends has published a new brief, Connecting the Dots: Raising A Reader Builds Evidence Base for its Parent Engagement and Early Literacy Program (November 2014). The brief describes Raising A Reader (RAR), a national early literacy and parent engagement program, summarizes its emerging evidence base, and addresses lessons learned for the broader field.

5. Children in Early Head Start and Head Start: A Profile of Early Leavers

Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - November 20, 2014

A new brief, Children in Early Head Start and Head Start: A Profile of Early Leavers (November 2014), explores the child-, family-, and program-level factors that may be associated with whether children leave Early Head Start or Head Start before their eligibility ends. The brief utilizes data from the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES) and from the 2009 cohort of the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES 2009). It was published by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

6. Applications for New Awards: Stepping-up Technology Implementation

Source: U.S. Department of Education - November 21, 2014

On November 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education published the following notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015: Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities-Stepping-Up Technology Implementation. The Stepping-up Technology Implementation program is funded to help identify, develop, and disseminate products and resources that promote the effective implementation of evidence-based instructional and assistive technology tools in early childhood or kindergarten through grade 12 settings. The deadline for applications is January 20, 2015.