March 11, 2016

In this Issue:

  1. Developmental Foundations of School Readiness for Infants and Toddlers
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - March 4, 2016
  2. Characteristics of Home-Based Early Care and Education Providers
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - March 7, 2016
  3. Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 65(9) 2016
  4. Implications of Developmental Science for My Brother's Keeper Initiative
      Source: Society for Research in Child Development, Social Policy Report, 29(3), 2016
  5. Applications for New Awards - Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs
      Source: Institute of Education Sciences - March 8, 2016

1. Developmental Foundations of School Readiness for Infants and Toddlers

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - March 4, 2016

A new Research to Practice report, Developmental Foundations of School Readiness for Infants and Toddlers (February 2016), summarizes the research on development during the first 3 years of life, highlights areas that are foundational for school readiness and later school success, and discusses how providers can support the development of school readiness in infants and toddlers. It can be used by programs to inform their practices and policies, and to help them think about the outcomes they want to focus on improving most for young children.

2. Characteristics of Home-Based Early Care and Education Providers

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - March 7, 2016

Approximately 1 million paid and 2.7 million unpaid home-based providers are responsible for young children not their own for at least five hours each week. A new report, Characteristics of Home-Based Early Care and Education Providers (2016), uses data from the National Survey of Early Care and Education to look at what is known about these providers and what is known about the key characteristics of the care they are giving.

3. Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 65(9) 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a report that uses recent national data to look at the associations between socio-demographic factors and early childhood mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders (MBDDs). The factors found to be most strongly associated with MBDDs were fair or poor parental mental health, difficulty getting by on the family's income, child care problems among parents of children aged 2-3 years, and lacking a medical home. See Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood - United States, 2011-2012 for more information.

4. Implications of Developmental Science for My Brother's Keeper Initiative

Source: Society for Research in Child Development, Social Policy Report, 29(3), 2016

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently published a new Social Policy Report, entitled Development of Boys and Young Men of Color: Implications of Developmental Science for My Brother's Keeper Initiative. The report discusses key findings from developmental science that might be used to help to improve the life outcomes of boys of color who face significant risks across multiple domains, including: education, health, and financial well-being. The authors include both policy recommendations and suggestions for future research for developmental scientists.

5. Applications for New Awards - Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs

Source: Institute of Education Sciences - March 8, 2016

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has published a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for FY 2017 awards under the Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs. These grants are designed to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of (1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for disability, and (2) education outcomes for all students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education. Application dates for the various grant opportunities can be found at the bottom of the notice.