March 18, 2016

In this Issue:

  1. State Approaches to Family Engagement in Pre-K Programs
      Source: The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) - March 18, 2016
  2. National Portrait of Hispanic Children in Need
      Source: National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families - March 18, 2016
  3. Journal of Early Intervention Abstracts Available Online
      Source: Journal of Early Intervention - March 2016; Vol. 38, No. 1
  4. Report on Building Core Capabilities for Life
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - March 18, 2016
  5. Comprehensive Assessment Systems in Preschool Development and Expansion Grant States
      Source: Preschool Development Grant Technical Assistance Program - March 1, 2016
  6. Grant Opportunities from the U.S. Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - March 14, 2016

1. State Approaches to Family Engagement in Pre-K Programs

Source: The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) - March 18, 2016

A new CEELO policy brief, State Approaches to Family Engagement in Pre-K Programs (March 2016), discusses the importance of family engagement, looks at approaches states have taken in developing program guidance, and provides strategies to support effective implementation. It draws on work CEELO did with two states as they developed guidance on family engagement.

2. National Portrait of Hispanic Children in Need

Source: National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families - March 18, 2016

A new brief, National Portrait of Hispanic Children in Need (February 2016), examines the number and household circumstances of Latino children currently living in, or near, poverty in the United States. It includes information on the proportion of these children who receive services from the social service programs intended for them. The brief uses nationally representative data from the 2014 American Community Survey. An infographic provides highlights of key findings.

3. Journal of Early Intervention Abstracts Available Online

Source: Journal of Early Intervention - March 2016; Vol. 38, No. 1

Abstracts of the following articles are now available online at http://jei.sagepub.com/content/38/1

Internet-Based Parent-Implemented Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A Pilot Study

Hedda Meadan, Melinda R. Snodgrass, Lori E. Meyer, Kim W. Fisher, Moon Y. Chung, and James W. Halle

Peer Modeling of Commenting During Small Group Direct Instruction for Academic Behaviors

Sarah Urlacher, Mark Wolery, and Jennifer R. Ledford

Early Language Milestones and Specific Language Impairment

Johanna M. Rudolph and Laurence B. Leonard

Family Quality of Life for Families in Early Intervention in Spain

Joana M. Mas, Natasha Baques, Anna Balcells-Balcells, Mariona Dalmau, Climent Gine, Marta GrĂ cia, and Rosa Vilaseca

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. Freely available Podcasts of interviews with JEI authors can be accessed online.

4. Report on Building Core Capabilities for Life

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - March 18, 2016

A new report, Building Core Capabilities for Life: The Science Behind the Skills Adults Need to Succeed in Parenting and in the Workplace (March 2016), combines research findings with practical knowledge and experience to provide strategies for helping individuals develop the skills needed to effectively cope with adversity. These skills are necessary for providing responsive care for children, successfully managing a household, and contributing productively to the community.

5. Comprehensive Assessment Systems in Preschool Development and Expansion Grant States

Source: Preschool Development Grant Technical Assistance Program - March 1, 2016

States were asked to address comprehensive assessment in their initial applications for the Preschool Development Grants (PDG) program by describing how they would measure preschool quality, track progress, and measure outcomes, including school readiness. A new document, Comprehensive Assessment Systems in Preschool Development and Expansion Grant States (2016), provides a summary of states' progress towards implementing all the components of a comprehensive assessment system, including: screening, formative child assessment, kindergarten entry assessment, environmental assessment, and teacher-child interaction assessment tools.

See also, the new Preschool Development Grants Program Brochure (Yrs 1-2) (2016), which presents information about years one and two of the Preschool Development Grants Program through the use of infographics.

6. Grant Opportunities from the U.S. Department of Education