March 27, 2015

In this Issue:

  1. Services for Families of Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Trauma
      Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - March 27, 2015
  2. The Importance of the Transition to Kindergarten
      Source: Harvard Family Research Project - March 25, 2015
  3. FAQ on Child Care and Development Fund Reauthorization
      Source: Office of Child Care, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - March 25, 2015
  4. New URL for DEC Position Statement on Leadership in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education
      Source: Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children - March 27, 2015

1. Services for Families of Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Trauma

Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - March 27, 2015

Research shows that there is a high rate of exposure to trauma among infants and toddlers, particularly children living in high-poverty communities. A new Research-to-Practice Brief, Services for Families of Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Trauma (2015), summarizes what is known about the impact of trauma on the development of infants and toddlers and discusses intervention strategies that could potentially protect them from the adverse consequences of traumatic experiences.

2. The Importance of the Transition to Kindergarten

Source: Harvard Family Research Project - March 25, 2015

The March 2015 Newsletter from Harvard's Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) discusses the evidence-base supporting the importance of the transition to kindergarten and profiles several programs in high-risk districts that are working to address existing inequalities. The newsletter includes a commentary on Four Important Things Research Tells Us About the Transition to School, including:

  • Transition is a matter of equity
  • A smooth transition to school makes a difference for children's outcomes
  • Families play an important role in the transition to school
  • Relationships among families, early childhood programs, schools, and communities are the foundation of effective transition practice

3. FAQ on Child Care and Development Fund Reauthorization

Source: Office of Child Care, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - March 25, 2015

On November 18, 2014, the President signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law. The new law reauthorized the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) for the first time since 1996. 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. The Office of Child Care recently posted responses to Frequently Asked Questions about the new law online.

4. New URL for DEC Position Statement on Leadership in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

Source: Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children - March 27, 2015

There is a new URL for the DEC Position Statement on Leadership in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (March 2015), which was highlighted in last week's issue of eNotes. This position statement focuses on promoting high-quality leadership at all levels of the early intervention / early childhood special education service systems. It can now be accessed at http://dec.membershipsoftware.org/files/Position%20Statement%20and%20Papers/LdrshpPositionStatement_final_Mar%202015%20(1)(1).pdf