October 25, 2017

In this Issue:

  1. State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Setting
      Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families
  2. Home Visiting Programs Implemented in Tribal Communities - Research Review
      Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)
  3. 10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure
      Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
  4. Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children
      Source: Children's Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gateway
  5. Journal of Early Intervention Abstracts Available Online
      Source: DEC's Journal of Early Intervention - Volume 39, Issue 3, September 2017
  6. Access to Early Care and Education for Children in Immigrant Families
      Source: Research Connections

1. State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Setting

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families

In September 2017, this state policy tool was published by the Administration for Children & Families to provide states policy options that promote the social-emotional development of young children and reduce expulsions in early learning programs. Aligned with the 2014 Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization, this resource assists stakeholders to identify strengths, set goals for action, and develop partnerships with others, such as medical and mental health professionals.

2. Home Visiting Programs Implemented in Tribal Communities - Research Review

Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)

An updated OPRE report (August 2017) describes the findings from research literature and effectiveness studies of home visiting programs implemented in tribal communities or evaluated with American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) families and children. A companion report describes the lessons learned across the reviewed studies, with a focus on cultural relevance and implementation, followed by proposed considerations for building the research literature on tribal home visiting programs.

3. 10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure

Source: Pew Charitable Trusts

A recent report (August 2017) from Pew Charitable Trusts gives a brief history of lead exposure in the U.S. and examines the policies to address it, the effects of lead on brain development, and the populations impacted the most, i.e., children of color or living in low-income households. The study also includes an analysis of interventions targeting lead in drinking water, paint, dust, air emissions, and soil, as well as strategies for improving blood lead testing in children who've been exposed. A list of policy actions and recommendations are provided on pages 79-85.

4. Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children

Source: Children's Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gateway

This 2017 bulletin is a companion to Child Welfare Information Gateway's issue brief, Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development (posted in eNotes in June 2015). It is designed to help professionals understand the behavioral, emotional, and mental effects of early abuse and neglect in children, as well as available early intervention options.

5. Journal of Early Intervention Abstracts Available Online

Source: DEC's Journal of Early Intervention - Volume 39, Issue 3, September 2017

Abstracts of the following articles are now available online at http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/JEI/current

How Much Do Parents Think They Talk to Their Child?

Jeffrey A. Richards, Jill Gilkerson, Dongxin Xu, Keith Topping

Parents' Experiences Navigating Intervention Systems for Young Children With Mild Language Delays

Jennifer Marshall, Andrea Adelman, Stacey M. Kesten, Ruby A. Natale, Batya Elbaum

Beyond ASD: Evidence for the Effectiveness of Social Narratives

Kathleen N. Zimmerman, Jennifer R. Ledford

Internalizing Behaviors and Hyperactivity/Inattention: Consequences for Young Struggling Readers, and Especially Boys

Justin D. Garwood, Cheryl Varghese, Lynne Vernon-Feagans

Effects of Using Simultaneous Prompting and Computer-Assisted Instruction During Small Group Instruction

Arzu Ozen, Yasemin Ergenekon, Burcu Ulke-Kurkcuoglu Burcu Ulke-Kurkcuoglu

The Relationship Between State Lead Agency and Enrollment Into Early Intervention Services

Erica Twardzik, Megan MacDonald, Alicia Dixon-Ibarra Alicia Dixon-Ibarra

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.

6. Access to Early Care and Education for Children in Immigrant Families

Source: Research Connections

Children of immigrant families have unique challenges and barriers for acquiring high-quality early care and education (ECE). This Research-to-Policy resource (September 2017) provides information on immigrant status as a factor in accessing ECE, how children of immigrant families benefit from ECE, and strategies to address obstacles faced by this growing population.