In this Issue:
Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - May 12, 2016
On May 12, 2016, a new edition of the annual State of Preschool Yearbook was released, presenting data on state-funded prekindergarten in the U.S. during the 2014-2015 school year and documenting trends in state pre-K since the 2001-2002 school year. The 2015 Yearbook shows continued gradual improvement in state funded pre-K nationally, with increased state funding, increased funding per child, and more children being served. Six programs in five states met new quality standards benchmarks and two new states met all 10 quality standards benchmarks. New survey questions and the supplement, Special Report: Dual Language Learners and Preschool Workforce, in this year's edition also provide important data on areas critical to developing quality programs for an increasingly diverse population of preschool-age children.
Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - May 9, 2016
Although the research shows that current best practices can make a positive difference for most children, they are not enough, especially for families facing serious adversity. A new report, From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts: A Science-Based Approach to Building a More Promising Future for Young Children and Families (May 2016), presents a call to action to launch a new era of research and development in policy and practice, in order to dramatically improve outcomes for young children and families who are facing difficult challenges. The report outlines essential concepts in the science of early childhood and brain development, describes core principles for improving current programs, and calls for a science-based research and development approach in the early childhood field in order to achieve breakthrough impacts.
Source: Desired Results Access Project - May 9, 2016
Last year the Desired Results Access Project produced a video entitled "Getty's Window To Inclusion: The Chance To Be Just Like Any Other Kid," which showed how Getty, a young girl who cannot physically be near other children because of health issues, was able to virtually participate in preschool. A new, follow-up video has just been released.
Both videos are available in the Desired Results Access Project Video Library (at the top of the page, select the "General Interest" tab). As with all Desired Results videos, they can be viewed online or downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - May 10, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is inviting comments on a new Draft Policy Statement on Early Childhood Career Pathways. The policy statement provides recommendations for developing and implementing career pathways to support the professional learning and practice of early childhood educators and program directors. The public is invited to submit comments through May 20, 2016, by emailing ECD@acf.hhs.gov.
Source: U.S. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - May 9, 2016
The U.S. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) has published the following new briefs related issues facing the early care and education field.