November 16, 2015

In this Issue:

  1. Study Finds Young Children with Hearing Loss Benefit from Early Intervention
      Source: Children with Hearing Loss Study - Retrieved November 13, 2015
  2. Improving Homeless Families' Access to Child Care
      Source: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Ounce of Prevention Fund - Retrieved November 13, 2015
  3. Journal of Early Intervention Abstracts Available Online
      Source: Journal of Early Intervention - September 2015; Vol. 37, No. 3
  4. Birth Through Eight State Policy Framework: Research At A Glance
      Source: Alliance for Early Success and Child Trends - November 13, 2015

1. Study Finds Young Children with Hearing Loss Benefit from Early Intervention

Source: Children with Hearing Loss Study - Retrieved November 13, 2015

The final findings of a large scale longitudinal study that followed young children experiencing mild to severe hearing loss were recently published in Supplement 1 of the November/December 2015 issue of Ear and Hearing. The Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss (OCHL) Study found that children with mild to severe hearing loss, as a group, have poorer language development than their hearing peers, and the impact on language increases as the amount of hearing loss increases. Additionally, early identification and providing children with well-fit hearing aids was associated with better rates of language development. However 35% of children's hearing aids were not fitted optimally. A Parent Handout summarizes the research findings and practical implications for families. View the press release here.

2. Improving Homeless Families' Access to Child Care

Source: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Ounce of Prevention Fund - Retrieved November 13, 2015

A new guide, Improving Homeless Families' Access to Child Care: CCDF State Guide (2015), provides information on best practices for serving homeless families and children; common barriers and challenges; a summary of requirements of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG) related to homelessness; and a summary of opportunities available through the state CCDF Plan to improve access to high-quality early care and education for children experiencing homelessness. A companion Homelessness Self-Assessment tool is included to assist states in assessing their current policies and practices and identifying options to better support vulnerable children. It is recommended that states review the self-assessment tool before reading the guide.

3. Journal of Early Intervention Abstracts Available Online

Source: Journal of Early Intervention - September 2015; Vol. 37, No. 3

Abstracts of the following articles are now available online at http://jei.sagepub.com/content/37/3

Long-Term Effects of a Parent-Based Language Intervention on Language Outcomes and Working Memory for Late-Talking Toddlers

Anke Buschmann, Bettina Multhauf, Marcus Hasselhorn, and Joachim Pietz

Assessment of Quality for Inclusive Programs in Greek Preschool Classrooms

Aristea Fyssa and Anastasia Vlachou

A Comprehensive Inclusion Program for Kindergarten Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Diane M. Sainato, Rebecca S. Morrison, Sunhwa Jung, Judah Axe, and Patricia A. Nixon

Accuracy of Knowledge of Child Development in Mothers of Children Receiving Early Intervention Services

Debra H. Zand, Katherine J. Pierce, Margaret W. Bultas, Stephen Edward McMillin, Rolanda Maxim Gott, and Jennifer Wilmott

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. Birth Through Eight State Policy Framework: Research At A Glance

Source: Alliance for Early Success and Child Trends - November 13, 2015

The Alliance for Early Success and Child Trends recently published a new Research At A Glance report (November 2015), which outlines the research basis for each policy recommendation in the Alliance's revised Birth Through Eight State Policy Framework. The framework emphasizes policy options related to health, family support, and learning.