August 11, 2017

In this Issue:

  1. Every Child Belongs: Welcoming a Child with a Disability
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  2. Addressing Health Disparities in Early Childhood
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  3. Early Learning Challenge (ELC) 2016 State Performance Reports
      Source: Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (ELC TA)
  4. Early Learning Matters - International Study by OECD
      Source: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

1. Every Child Belongs: Welcoming a Child with a Disability

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

In the latest issue of Teaching Young Children from NAEYC (August 2017), suggestions for basic modifications and strategies to support children with disabilities in the classroom are provided. The article also reminds teachers to re-examine their own beliefs and knowledge about families and child development so that they can effectively set realistic expectations for children with disabilities.

2. Addressing Health Disparities in Early Childhood

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This recent CDC Grand Rounds (July 28, 2017), focuses on healthy child development, as the "...cumulative and lifelong impact of early experiences, both positive and negative, on a child's development can be profound." For this reason, early identification of at-risk children and/or those with developmental delay(s) is crucial to improving outcomes. Other crucial elements mentioned for improving outcomes are integrating support services for children and their families, integrating behavioral and physical health, and promoting supportive relationships within the community.

3. Early Learning Challenge (ELC) 2016 State Performance Reports

Source: Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (ELC TA)

Under the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grants program, ELC TA has posted the Final Performance Reports for the Phase 1 States and 2016 Annual Performance Reports for Phase 2 and Phase 3 States for each State's profile. Further details about the grantees profiles and work scope can be found here.

4. Early Learning Matters - International Study by OECD

Source: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The OECD is conducting a large international early learning and child well-being study (2017). The U.S. will be conducting a field test in 2017 in preparation for the full study in 2018. The study's final report will be published in 2020. For further information, comments or questions, contact: EarlyLearning@oecd.org.