June 26, 2015

In this Issue:

  1. Early Childhood Data Privacy Resources
      Source: Privacy Technical Assistance Center - June 16, 2015
  2. About Autism in Toddlers - Free Online Tool
      Source: The Autism Institute - Retrieved June 25, 2015
  3. New InBrief Video on Early Childhood Mental Health
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - June 25, 2015
  4. How the DEC Recommended Practices Can Benefit Families - Video
      Source: Division for Early Childhood at the Council for Exceptional Children - June 10, 2015
  5. State of Preschool 2015 - Comment Request
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - June 26, 2015

1. Early Childhood Data Privacy Resources

Source: Privacy Technical Assistance Center - June 16, 2015

States, communities, and local providers use and share data to support efficient, effective services for children and families participating in early childhood programs. However, data use must be balanced with the need to support privacy. The Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has compiled a new set of Early Childhood Data Privacy resources, which focuses specifically on topics that early childhood programs may be asking about privacy.

2. About Autism in Toddlers - Free Online Tool

Source: The Autism Institute - Retrieved June 25, 2015

A new online tool, About Autism in Toddlers, is now available free of charge for parents and professionals interested in learning how to recognize the early signs of autism spectrum disorder in very young children. The tool includes videos on the core features of autism and information on the importance of early identification. Watch a preview (3:21 minutes) here. This is the first in a series of free online tools being developed as part of Autism Navigator, a collection of resources created by the Autism Institute at Florida State University College of Medicine. View this introductory video (4:56 minutes) to learn more about Autism Navigator. Additional free resources and tools will be available in coming months.

3. New InBrief Video on Early Childhood Mental Health

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - June 25, 2015

The foundation for sound mental health begins in early childhood. As early experiences and relationships interact with genes, they shape brain architecture. Disruptions in this developmental process can impair a child's capacities for learning, behavior, and emotional control. A new video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, InBrief: Early Childhood Mental Health (5:06 minutes), explains how improving children's early environments and relationships can prevent initial difficulties from destabilizing mental health later in life.

4. How the DEC Recommended Practices Can Benefit Families - Video

Source: Division for Early Childhood at the Council for Exceptional Children - June 10, 2015

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) has released a new video, Share the Knowledge with Families (Runtime: 3:00 minutes) featuring leaders in the early childhood field as they describe how the new DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention / Early Childhood Special (April 2014) can benefit families. To see other videos about the DEC Recommended Practices, go to http://www.dec-sped.org/rpvideos

5. State of Preschool 2015 - Comment Request

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - June 26, 2015

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) is planning updates and improvements for the 2015 State of Preschool Yearbook and would like input from the field on questions such as:

  • What kind of changes would you like to see in the Yearbook?
  • Any benchmarks to add or drop?
  • What additional information would be useful to you?
  • Is there anything about the design and delivery of the Yearbook you would like to change?
  • What would be the optimal time of year to release the Yearbook, in terms of informing your state policy or budget processes?
  • Any suggestions for what special topics you might like to see featured in the Yearbook?

To provide input, see The State of Preschool 2015: Please join the conversation and leave a comment at the end of the blog post.