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