In this Issue:
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - October 7, 2015
A new collection of Promising Practices for "Learn the Signs, Act Early" provides examples of locally inspired models and ideas that have been carried out and evaluated in programs and communities across the country to spread the reach of Learn the Signs, Act Early, a campaign to help parents and child care providers learn more about early childhood development and the potential early warning signs of autism and other developmental disabilities.
Source: U.S. Department of Education - October 15, 2015
On October 15, 2015, Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin convened national experts for an online discussion about the use of suspensions and expulsions in early childhood settings, and local efforts to end the use of exclusionary discipline for young children. Watch the discussion on YouTube. Yudin was joined by:
Source: Office of Special Education Programs and National Center for Homeless Education - October 8, 2015
The following three new briefs from the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) were highlighted on a recent national webinar hosted by NCHE and Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP):
Source: Economic Policy Institute - October 6, 2015
Close to 11 million children younger than age 5 in the U.S. spend an average of 36 hours a week in child care. A new report from the Economic Policy Institute, High Quality Child Care Is Out of Reach for Working Families (October 2015), examines child care costs against a variety of benchmarks - including the cost of college tuition, the Department of Health and Human Services' official affordability threshold of 10 percent or less of a family's income, and median family incomes. The report finds that high quality child care is unaffordable for working families, particularly for minimum-wage workers. Annual child care costs for an infant and a 4-year-old range from $13,245 in Atlanta to $29,478 in Boston. In 33 states and the District of Columbia, infant care costs exceed the average cost of in-state college tuition at public 4-year institutions.
Source: Pew Home Visiting Campaign - October 12, 2015
In 2013, the Pew Home Visiting Campaign launched the Home Visiting Data for Performance Initiative to develop and build consensus around a set of key performance measures that states can adopt to determine whether their goals are being achieved across a portfolio of home visiting programs. The final report from this initiative, Using Data to Measure Performance of Home Visiting: A New Framework for Assessing Effectiveness (October 2015) is now available online. It provides information to support state and local managers in collecting, analyzing, and using data to gain a clear picture of who is being served in their home visiting programs, to accurately measure the outcomes of these programs, and to improve practices that lead to strong results for vulnerable young families.