August 28, 2015

In this Issue:

  1. Child Outcomes Summary Process Module - Session 4 Released
      Source: Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) - August 25, 2015
  2. Responding to Crises and Tragic Events: Information and Handouts
      Source: Office of Head Start - August 28, 2015
  3. National Spread of Home Visiting Models, 1983-2015
      Source: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago - August 28, 2015
  4. Family and Provider/Teacher Relationship Quality Project - New Briefs Available
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - August 27, 2015
  5. Research Briefs on Assessing Disruptive Behaviors and Implementing "Banking Time" in Preschools
      Source: Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) - August 28, 2015

1. Child Outcomes Summary Process Module - Session 4 Released

Source: Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) - August 25, 2015

The Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process Module has helped hundreds of early intervention providers and preschool special education staff understand the Child Outcomes Summary process. Session 4: The 7-Point Scale has recently been added to the module. The 7-point scale is used to indicate a child's status on the three child outcomes at a given point in time and to look at how the child's current functioning compares to age-expected functioning for his or her chronological age.

You can register for the module from DaSy's Online Learning page or the ECTA Center's Child Outcomes Summary Process page. Please register once, then bookmark the page and view the resources at your convenience. Four sessions are now available:

  • Session 1: So What's This All About?
  • Session 2: Overview of the COS Process
  • Session 3: Essential Knowledge for Completing the COS Process
  • Session 4: The 7-Point Scale

2. Responding to Crises and Tragic Events: Information and Handouts

Source: Office of Head Start - August 28, 2015

The Office of Head Start recently published Responding to Crises and Tragic Events: Information and Handouts, which provides tips sheets and sample letters to help programs respond to the needs of families and staff members directly affected by a crisis. It is a companion piece to the Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual, 2015 Edition and can be used to:

  • remind families and staff of emergency plans that are in place;
  • support children, staff, and families when a crisis or tragic event occurs; and
  • provide an environment that reduces the risk of injury to children and staff in the center.

3. National Spread of Home Visiting Models, 1983-2015

Source: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago - August 28, 2015

A short video, Home Visiting: The Expansion of an Idea (Runtime 2:59 minutes), displays how five evidence-based home visiting models (Healthy Families America, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters - HIPPY, Nurse Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, and SafeCare) have spread throughout the country from 1983-2015. The video does not represent all investments in home visiting, but illustrates how these five models have expanded over the years and how communities increasingly gained access to a greater array of home visiting options.

4. Family and Provider/Teacher Relationship Quality Project - New Briefs Available

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - August 27, 2015

The goal of the Family and Provider/Teacher Relationship Quality (FPTRQ) project is to develop new measures to assess the quality of relationships between families and providers/teachers of early care and education for children birth to 5 years of age. The project has just released three new briefs:

Learn more about FPTRQ and see all related reports here.

5. Research Briefs on Assessing Disruptive Behaviors and Implementing "Banking Time" in Preschools

Source: Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) - August 28, 2015

Two new CASTL research briefs look at assessing disruptive behaviors in preschoolers and implementing a teacher-child intervention called Banking Time to address these behaviors.