February 20, 2015

In this Issue:

  1. System Framework for Building High-Quality Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Programs
      Source: ECTA Center - February 20, 2015
  2. Family Engagement Inventory
      Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - Retrieved February 20, 2015
  3. Toddlers in Early Head Start: A Portrait of 2-Year-Olds, Their Families, and the Programs Serving Them
      Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - February 19, 2015

1. System Framework for Building High-Quality Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Programs

Source: ECTA Center - February 20, 2015

The ECTA Center recently announced its System Framework for Building High-Quality Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Programs organized around 6 interrelated components: Governance; Finance; Personnel/Workforce; Data System; Accountability & Quality Improvement, and Quality Standards. Each component contains a set of subcomponents that identify key areas of content within the component. Each subcomponent contains a set of quality indicators that specify what needs to be in place to support a high quality early intervention and preschool special education system. A glossary is also available and a corresponding self-assessment tool will be available soon. Streaming Presentation: ECTA System Framework: A Tool for Building High-Quality State Part C and Section 619 System (48 minutes).

2. Family Engagement Inventory

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - Retrieved February 20, 2015

The Child Welfare Information Gateway recently launched the Family Engagement Inventory (FEI), a web-based tool designed to assist professionals in child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, early childhood education, and education understand how family engagement is defined and implemented across these fields of practice. It is meant to promote understanding of the commonalities and differences in family engagement across the disciplines in order to support cross-system collaboration among multiple systems often working with the same children and families.

3. Toddlers in Early Head Start: A Portrait of 2-Year-Olds, Their Families, and the Programs Serving Them

Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - February 19, 2015

A new report Toddlers in Early Head Start: A Portrait of 2-Year-Olds, Their Families, and the Programs Serving Them (2015) describes findings from the second wave of data collection for the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES) conducted by Mathematica Policy Research. The report addresses the following questions:

  1. What is Early Head Start? What are the program models employed, staff qualifications, and other important program features and characteristics?
  2. What specific services are delivered to families and what is their quality?
  3. What are the characteristics of the families Early Head Start serves in terms of their demographic, household, and family characteristics; their needs; and their risk factors?
  4. How are Early Head Start children and families faring over time?
  5. How many children and families leave the program early? When do exits occur and what do families experience while they are enrolled?

The report was published by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.