In this Issue:
Source: Child Care Aware - July 8, 2015
Child Care in America: 2015 State Fact Sheets provide state-by-state information on the state of child care in the U.S. They include data on: family characteristics related to the need for child care; the use, supply, and cost of child care; the child care workforce; and services provided by Child Care Resource and Referral agencies.
Source: First Focus - July 8, 2015
Children's Budget 2015 provides a guide to federal spending on children, including early childhood. The 2015 report finds that total spending on children from 2011-2015 is down by about 9.4%. This year the share of spending for children accounts for 7.89% of total government spending.
Source: BUILD Initiative - July 10, 2015
The BUILD Initiative has released two new chapters in the e-book, Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families (2015).
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Offices of Child Care and Head Start - July 9, 2015
The Offices of Child Care and Head Start recently launched Early Educator Central: Pathways to Credentials and Degrees for Infant-Toddler Educators, a web portal that pulls together coursework specific to infant-toddler teachers and providers, as well as early childhood program administrators, trainers, coaches, and consultants. The courses were developed with federal partners, are available for free or at low-cost, are in line with state or national standards, are designed to be "stackable and portable" so that each offering helps the user move toward earning a degree or credential, and use a competency-based approach to the assessment of student learning.
Source: U.S. Department of Education - July 10, 2015
A notice in today's Federal Register invites input from the public about the Study on Sustaining the Positive Effects of Preschool. This proposed information collection involves five case studies that will provide detailed descriptions of programs designed to help disadvantaged students in K-3 build on the positive effects of preschool or lead to positive cognitive, social-emotional, and academic outcomes by using policies, programs, and practices related to two key topic areas: (1) Preschool and K-3 alignment and (2) differentiated instruction. Comments must be received by August 10, 2015.
Source: Council for Professional Recognition - July 9, 2015
The Council for Professional Recognition has released a white paper, CDA and Career and Technical High Schools as an Effective Entry into Early Care and Education (2015), which examines three key questions: