December 8, 2017

In this Issue:

  1. Supports and Systems for Improving the Quality of Family Child Care
      Source: National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center)
  2. U.S. Children Diagnosed with Developmental Disabilities is on the Rise
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  3. Quality Compendium 2017 Data
      Source: BUILD Initiative
  4. Interviews with Early Intervention Practitioners, Coaches, and Administrators (Videos)
      Source: New Mexico Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program
  5. Learn the Signs of Autism
      Source: Autism Speaks
  6. Pre-K Inspirational Teaching Videos - Professional Learning for Teachers
      Source: Teaching Channel

1. Supports and Systems for Improving the Quality of Family Child Care

Source: National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center)

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance has developed a series of resources (November 2017) that provide high-potential strategies that states, territories, and tribes can use to improve quality of care, interact with providers, and secure provider engagement in governing systems and quality improvement initiatives.

2. U.S. Children Diagnosed with Developmental Disabilities is on the Rise

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC has released a new National Health Interview Survey data brief (November 2017), that found children diagnosed with any developmental disability in the U.S. significantly increased, from 5.76% in 2014 to 6.99% in 2016. Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disability did not significantly increase during this time period. For each condition evaluated, the prevalence was significantly higher among boys than girls, and lowest among Hispanic children when compared to other race and ethnicity groups.

3. Quality Compendium 2017 Data

Source: BUILD Initiative

The Quality Compendium, formerly known as the QRIS Compendium, from BUILD Initiative has released its 2017 data. With current information on the QRIS for all states, local and territories, the compendium provides answers to frequently asked questions and allows users to make data comparisons across states. Some of the new data components in this edition include:

  • New profiles for Alaska, Texas, Washington, D.C. and Louisiana
  • Observational tool score thresholds by quality level
  • Information about re-rating process and fees

4. Interviews with Early Intervention Practitioners, Coaches, and Administrators (Videos)

Source: New Mexico Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program

A series of 5 videos has been added to New Mexico's FIT FOCUS Video Library (November 2017) that include interviews with early intervention practitioners, coaches, and administrators who participated in the second cohort of the FIT FOCUS video project. The interviewees discuss the impact of using video to enhance early intervention services and supports professional development activities. This project is a component of New Mexico's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge FOCUS Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System. The videos can be found at: http://www.cdd.unm.edu/ecln/FIT/fit-focus-video-library.html

The FIT FOCUS Video Library is a project of New Mexico's Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program and the Early Childhood Learning Network of the University of New Mexico's Center for Development and Disability.

5. Learn the Signs of Autism

Source: Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks' website offers information and resources to assist parents and practitioners with the screening process for children exhibiting signs of autism spectrum disorder, as well as, strategies for handling a new diagnosis. This Learn the Signs page starts with an animated video, and includes the M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers), a Video Glossary (aka: Autism Navigator), and the 100 Day Kit - designed for families of children (ages birth to 4) "to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism".

6. Pre-K Inspirational Teaching Videos - Professional Learning for Teachers

Source: Teaching Channel

The Teaching Channel offers a large collection of professional development videos for pre-K teachers to discover new approaches for working with students. Some of the video topics are interactive read aloud, attention getting games, identifying feelings, visual cues, building emotional literacy, and gathering data.