August 21, 2015

In this Issue:

  1. New Guide on Professional Learning for the Early Care and Education Workforce
      Source: Institute of Medicine and National Research Council - August 20, 2015
  2. Research Brief Addresses the Early Childhood Origins of "Mean" Behavior and Bullying
      Source: Child Trends - August 21, 2015
  3. Journal of Early Intervention Abstracts Available Online
      Source: DEC Journal of Early Intervention - August 20, 2015
  4. The Effects of Two Influential Early Childhood Interventions on Health and Healthy Behaviors
      Source: National Bureau of Economic Research - August 20, 2015
  5. Revised Head Start Program Performance Standards: Public Comment Period Extended
      Source: Office of Head Start - August 12, 2015

1. New Guide on Professional Learning for the Early Care and Education Workforce

Source: Institute of Medicine and National Research Council - August 20, 2015

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council have released a new 16-page guide, Professional Learning for the Care and Education Workforce (2015). The guide offers a blueprint for action based on the landmark report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation, which was released in April 2015. It summarizes considerations from the report for planning and implementing high-quality and coherent professional learning for this workforce.

2. Research Brief Addresses the Early Childhood Origins of "Mean" Behavior and Bullying

Source: Child Trends - August 21, 2015

A new research brief from Child Trends examines the factors that contribute to the development of "mean" behavior and aggression in early childhood and provides a summary of promising strategies and evidence-based intervention models designed to prevent bullying. To learn more, see Understanding and Addressing the Early Childhood Origins of "Mean" Behavior and Bullying: Resources for Practitioners (August 2015).

3. Journal of Early Intervention Abstracts Available Online

Source: DEC Journal of Early Intervention - August 20, 2015

Abstracts of the following forthcoming articles are available at http://jei.sagepub.com/content/early/recent. OnlineFirst provides access to articles before they are scheduled to appear in print.

Effects of an Animated Book Reading Intervention on Emergent Literacy Skill Development: An Early Pilot Study

Erin Schryer, Elizabeth Sloat, and Nicole Letourneau

Do Portuguese Preschoolers With High Hyperactive Behaviors Make More Progress Than Those With Low Hyperactivity After Parental Intervention?

Andreia Fernandes Azevedo, Maria Joao Seabra-Santos, Maria Filomena Gaspar, and Tatiana Carvalho Homem

Additionally, abstracts of the following recently published articles (March 2015) are now available online at http://jei.sagepub.com/content/37/1?etoc

Including Social Opportunities During Small Group Instruction of Preschool Children With Social-Communication Delays

Justin D. Lane, David L. Gast, Collin Shepley, and Jennifer R. Ledford

Developing Feasible and Effective School-Based Interventions for Children With ASD: A Case Study of the Iterative Development Process

Jessica R. Dykstra Steinbrenner, Linda R. Watson, Brian A. Boyd, Kaitlyn P. Wilson, Elizabeth R. Crais, Grace T. Baranek, Michelle Flippin, and Sally Flagler

Effects of a Triadic Parent-Implemented Home-Based Communication Intervention for Toddlers

Jennifer A. Brown and Juliann J. Woods

Naturalistic Instructional Approaches in Early Learning: A Systematic Review

Patricia A. Snyder, Salih Rakap, Mary Louise Hemmeter, Tara W. McLaughlin, Susan Sandall, and Mary E. McLean

The Journal of Early Intervention (JEI) is an official publication of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children and SAGE Publications. It offers articles related to research and practice in early intervention for infants and young children with special needs and their families.

4. The Effects of Two Influential Early Childhood Interventions on Health and Healthy Behaviors

Source: National Bureau of Economic Research - August 20, 2015

A new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) examines the long-term impacts on health and healthy behaviors of the Perry Preschool Project and the Carolina Abecedarian Project, two of the oldest and most widely cited early childhood intervention projects in the U.S. The report finds that both interventions have statistically significant effects on the healthy behavior and health of their participants, with treatment effects being particularly strong for males. The health outcomes affected vary by intervention. The Perry participants have significantly fewer behavioral risk factors (in particular smoking) by age 40 and the Abecedarian participants are in better physical health in their mid-30s. To learn more see the full report, The Effects of Two Influential Early Childhood Interventions on Health and Healthy Behaviors (August 2015).

5. Revised Head Start Program Performance Standards: Public Comment Period Extended

Source: Office of Head Start - August 12, 2015

The Office of Head Start recently announced a thirty-day extension for the public to comment on the Proposed Head Start Performance Standards from August 18, 2015 to September 17, 2015. The proposed rule is the first holistic revision of the Head Start Program Performance Standards since 1975. It sets an expectation that all Head Start programs serve preschoolers for a full school day and a full school year; raises standards to reflect current research on brain development, early learning, and effective practice; builds teacher skills and improves classroom performance through a system of evidence-based, individualized professional development; and reduces regulatory burden. Learn more about the revised standards and comment process online.