November 4, 2016

In this Issue:

  1. Interagency Policy Statement on Early Childhood Homelessness
      Source: U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Education - October 31, 2016
  2. Aligning Early Childhood Programs To Serve Children Experiencing Homelessness
      Source: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth - October 2016
  3. New! Voices of Autism Spectrum Disorder Video Library
      Source: JFK Partners - October 2016
  4. Journal of Early Intervention Abstract Available Online
      Source: DEC's Journal of Early Intervention - OnlineFirst October 18, 2016

1. Interagency Policy Statement on Early Childhood Homelessness

Source: U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Education - October 31, 2016

A new joint Policy Statement on Meeting the Needs of Families with Young Children Experiencing and At Risk of Homelessness (October 31, 2016) provides research, recommendations, and examples of how early childhood and housing providers can collaborate to provide safe, stable, and nurturing environments for pregnant women and families with young children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Learn more here. Infants in the first year of life are the group most likely to experience homelessness and almost half (more than 150,000) of children in shelters are under age 6. Research suggests that homelessness in the early years is harmful to children's development.

2. Aligning Early Childhood Programs To Serve Children Experiencing Homelessness

Source: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth - October 2016

A new resource, Aligning Early Childhood Programs To Serve Children Experiencing Homelessness (2016), compares preschool, Head Start, and child care policies for children experiencing homelessness. It can be used to help educators, service providers, and advocates understand changes due to the Every Student Succeeds Act, new Head Start Program Performance Standards, and new child care regulations.

3. New! Voices of Autism Spectrum Disorder Video Library

Source: JFK Partners - October 2016

The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic of JFK Partners recently launched the Voices of ASD Video Library, which will explore what it means to live with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The goal is to help deepen understanding among individuals with ASD, their families, and communities through the sharing of personal stories.

The first video in the library, Voices of Adults with ASD (Runtime: 22:07), profiles four adults living with autism as they share their personal stories, including their challenges, strengths, advice and hopes/beliefs about the future. Although the focus of this first video is on adults, it conveys important lessons for all practitioners, individuals with ASD, their families, and community members. More videos will be added in the coming months.

4. Journal of Early Intervention Abstract Available Online

Source: DEC's Journal of Early Intervention - OnlineFirst October 18, 2016

An abstract of the following article is now available online at http://jei.sagepub.com/content/early/recent

Family Quality of Life: A Key Outcome in Early Childhood Intervention Services - A Scoping Review

Anoo Bhopti, Ted Brown, and Primrose Lentin

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.