May 29, 2015

In this Issue:

  1. Early Learning-Health Connections
      Source: BUILD Initiative - May 28, 2015
  2. The Condition of Education 2015
      Source: National Center for Education Statistics - May 28, 2015
  3. State by State Fact Sheets: Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization
      Source: National Women's Law Center and CLASP - May 20, 2015
  4. Report on Training and Skills Development of Early Childhood Workers in Europe
      Source: Eurofound - May 29, 2015

1. Early Learning-Health Connections

Source: BUILD Initiative - May 28, 2015

The BUILD Initiative has released Early Learning-Health Connections by Dr. Jill Sells, chapter three of the new E-book, Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families (2015). This chapter looks at the health projects states are implementing with their federal Early Learning Challenge grants and some of their recent cross-sector accomplishments in this area. See a related a BUILD blog post by Joan Lombardi. All of the chapters released to date are available on BUILD's Early Learning Challenge webpage. Additional chapters will be coming soon.

2. The Condition of Education 2015

Source: National Center for Education Statistics - May 28, 2015

On May 28, 2015, the Institute of Education Sciences' National Center for Education Statistics published The Condition of Education 2015 online. This congressionally mandated annual report summarizes important trends in education using the latest available statistics. The 2015 report includes the following sections related specifically to early childhood education:

3. State by State Fact Sheets: Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization

Source: National Women's Law Center and CLASP - May 20, 2015

The National Women's Law Center and CLASP have published State by State Fact Sheets: Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization (May 2015). These 51 fact sheets summarize specific information related to implementation issues that states will face around the new Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) law enacted in November 2014.

4. Report on Training and Skills Development of Early Childhood Workers in Europe

Source: Eurofound - May 29, 2015

Eurofound has published a new report, Early Childhood Care: Working Conditions, Training and Quality of Services - A Systematic Review. The report looks at the impact of the working conditions and continuous professional development of early childhood workers on the quality of the services provided and on the outcomes for children. It reviews research evidence from all 28 European Union Member States and discusses how professional development can be tailored to improve the quality of services available for young children in these countries. One major finding is that professional development activities that are integrated into existing practice, with a focus on reflection, can result in more effective practice and curricula.