In this Issue:
Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - May 18, 2015
The U.S. Departments of Education Health and Human Services are proposing to release a policy statement on inclusion of young children with disabilities in high-quality inclusive early childhood programs. Comments are requested no later than 6:00pm EDT today - May 22, 2015. To review the draft policy statement and provide feedback go to http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/osers/2015/05/including-young-children-with-disabilities-in-high-quality-early-childhood-programs/. Scan to the bottom of the page (below the comments section) to provide your feedback. See a related news article here.
On Tuesday, May 26, 2015 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) will be hosting a webinar about the joint policy statement and the role of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDDs). Learn more here.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - May 19, 2015
On May 19, 2015, the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care posted the following six funding opportunity announcements on http://www.grants.gov/ soliciting proposals to build a new Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) System. The first four are from the Office of Head Start and the last two are from the Office of Child Care.
To learn more, read this article and visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/interagency-projects/ece-technical-assistance
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - May 22, 2015
This research brief is the first in a series meant to provide early childhood researchers, program developers, and funders with an introduction to implementation frameworks and promising practices in implementation science with the aim of facilitating their use in early care and education. It includes examples of how the framework can be used and a planning tool that captures key activities and questions that arise at each stage.
Source: Council for Exceptional Children - May 20, 2015
This consensus report examines the issue of children exposed to violence and explores policy solutions to help children, families, and communities heal and thrive. It was developed in partnership with leaders throughout the health, education, justice, and child development field.
Source: BUILD Initiative- May 18, 2015
Almost every state and territory has established or is planning a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). In most states, Child Care Resource and Referral agencies play an important part in the implementation of the QRIS. This BUILD brief highlights findings from a survey of states to better understand how they have restructured the role and funding of Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to support QRIS implementation. It is meant to help states strategize about how best to use existing resources in support of their QRIS goals.