April 17, 2015

In this Issue:

  1. Child Health USA 2014 Now Online
      Source: Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) - April 15, 2015
  2. The Magic of Everyday Moments - Series 2
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - April 14, 2015
  3. Forthcoming Journal of Early Intervention Abstracts Available Online
      Source: DEC's Journal of Early Intervention, Online First - April 16, 2015
  4. Benchmarks for Quality Improvement - Indicators and Self-Assessment Tool
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care - Retrieved April 13, 2015
  5. Updated WWC Intervention Report on Shared Book Reading
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) - April 14, 2015
  6. Grant Announcements for Education Research and Special Education Research
      Source: Institute of Education Sciences (IES) - April 15, 2015

1. Child Health USA 2014 Now Online

Source: Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) - April 15, 2015

The MCHB has published its annual report on the health status and service needs of America's children. Child Health USA 2014 provides summaries of data on over 50 health-related indicators and addresses long-term trends. This year's report finds that the proportion of children aged 10-71 months receiving a standardized developmental screening increased from 19.5% in 2007 to 30.8% in 2011-2012. Additionally, among children 6 months-5 years of age, 73.2% were reported to usually or always exhibit 4 age-specific behaviors associated with flourishing (curiosity, resilience, attachment to caregivers, and positive affect). Only 47.7% of school-aged children were reported to usually or always exhibit 3 age-specific flourishing behaviors (curiosity, resilience, and self-regulation). The report allows users to define their own queries and view data by multiple sociodemographic and health-related characteristics.

2. The Magic of Everyday Moments - Series 2

Source: ZERO TO THREE - April 14, 2015

Four new videos have been added to ZERO TO THREE's The Magic of Everyday Moments series. Each video shows how parents can nurture key skills and attributes children need to be eager, competent learners and to form strong, healthy connections with others as they grow - all through everyday interactions and routines. Series 2 includes:

  • Development From Birth to 12 Months Old: Forming a Trusting Bond to Nurture Learning
  • Development From 12 to 24 Months Old: Strong, Positive Connections and Interactions Fuel Learning
  • Development From 24 to 36 Months Old: New Skills Develop Through Play, Routines, and Relationships
  • School Readiness: Foundations in Language, Literacy, Thinking, and Social-Emotional Skills

3. Forthcoming Journal of Early Intervention Abstracts Available Online

Source: DEC's Journal of Early Intervention, Online First - April 16, 2015

Abstracts of the following forthcoming articles are now available at http://jei.sagepub.com/content/early/recent. OnlineFirst provides access to articles before they are scheduled to appear in print.

Development of a Tier 3 Curriculum to Teach Early Literacy Skills

Ruth A. Kaminski, Kelly A. Powell-Smith, Annie Hommel, Rose McMahon, and Katherine Bravo Aguayo

The Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood: Developing Evidence-Based Tools for a Multi-Tier Approach to Preschool Language and Early Literacy Instruction

Charles R. Greenwood, Judith J. Carta, Howard Goldstein, Ruth A. Kaminski, Scott R. McConnell, and Jane Atwater

Building a Tier 2 Intervention: A Glimpse Behind the Data

Elizabeth S. Kelley and Howard Goldstein

The Journal of Early Intervention (JEI) is an official publication of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children and SAGE Publications. It offers articles related to research and practice in early intervention for infants and young children with special needs and their families.

4. Benchmarks for Quality Improvement - Indicators and Self-Assessment Tool

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care - Retrieved April 13, 2015

Quality Improvement Systems focus on improving the quality of child care in all settings through quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) and other quality-enhancing efforts. The Office of Child Care's Benchmarks for Quality Improvement Project recently released the following resources to help states assess the status of their child care and other early education programs and measure progress in implementing program quality improvement systems.

5. Updated WWC Intervention Report on Shared Book Reading

Source: What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) - April 14, 2015

The WWC has published a new early childhood intervention report on Shared Book Reading (also known as interactive shared book reading), which encompasses practices adults can use to enhance young children's language and literacy skills. Based on the most current evidence, the WWC found that Shared Book Reading has mixed effects on comprehension and language development and no discernible effects on alphabetics and general reading achievement for children under age 6 and not yet in kindergarten. See the full report here. Visit the WWC Early Childhood Education topic area for more reviews on programs and methods that aim to improve preschool children's learning.

6. Grant Announcements for Education Research and Special Education Research

Source: Institute of Education Sciences (IES) - April 15, 2015

A notice announcing Applications for FY 2016 Awards - Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs was published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2015. The purpose of these grant programs is to expand fundamental knowledge and understanding of (1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for disability, and (2) education outcomes for all students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education.