In this Issue:
Source: Preschool Development Grant Technical Assistance Program - October 8, 2015
The Preschool Development Grant Technical Assistance Program recently launched a free new 14-module Early Learning Language and Literacy Series, designed for professionals who are working to support the language and literacy development of young children, birth to five. Two key objectives for the series are:
Source: Migration Policy Institute - Retrieved October 9, 2015
A new report, The Impact of Discrimination on the Early Schooling Experiences of Children from Immigrant Families (September 2015), describes the types of personal and structural discrimination that young children of immigrants may experience during their early school years and how those experiences can affect their academic trajectories, as well as their social, emotional, and mental development. The authors provide recommendations for training teachers, building relationships between schools and immigrant communities, and encouraging more culturally sensitive learning experiences.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - October 10, 2015
This week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the new National Center of Excellence in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC). IECMHC is a multi-level preventive intervention that teams mental health professionals with people who work with young children and their families. The model builds the capacity of teachers and families to promote social-emotional and behavioral development. It has demonstrated impacts for improving children's social skills and adult-child relationships; reducing challenging behaviors, expulsions and suspensions; increasing family-school collaboration; increasing classroom quality; and reducing teacher stress, burnout, and turnover. See the full announcement here.
Source: U.S. Department of Education - October 7, 2015
Two new reports from the U.S. Department of Education provide a national quantitative picture of the implementation of the Individuals with disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B and Part C. The reports summarize data from the FFY 2013 Annual Performance Reports (APRs) and amended State Performance Plans (SPPs), which were submitted by states to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in 2015.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - October 5, 2015
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has announced a new cross-sector Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) System that brings together funding, knowledge, and skills from the Office of Child Care, the Office of Head Start, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The intent is to build the capacity for excellence in early childhood services regardless of setting or funding stream. The national centers include:
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - October 8, 2015
Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) was launched in 2009 to identify home visiting models that meet criteria of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for an evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model. HomVEE has released the results of its 2015 review. The review found two new models that meet the evidence criteria: Healthy Beginnings and the Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS). Read the executive summary to learn more.