December 22, 2017

In this Issue:

  1. Emotional Development in Young Children and Infants
      Source: ZERO TO THREE
  2. Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2017
      Source: Child Care Aware of America
  3. Parent Participation in Early Intervention
      Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
  4. 2016 Head Start Fact Sheets - Now Available
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

1. Emotional Development in Young Children and Infants

Source: ZERO TO THREE

ZERO TO THREE and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored a national survey of voters to acquire insight into their knowledge and opinions of emotional development in young children and infants. Some of the key findings from the survey (September 2017) are listed below:

  • 96% believe it is important for society to support the healthy emotional development of children ages 3 and younger,
  • 85% believe that a child's experiences in the first three years of life can manifest into mental health issues later in life,
  • 95% feel that emotional goals are just as important as physical ones and both are essential to healthy development, and
  • 73% agree that pediatricians should inform parents about the emotional development of children.

2. Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2017

Source: Child Care Aware of America

Child Care Aware of America recently released its 2017 annual report on the costs of child care in the U.S. The report provides an overview of the child care landscape across the U.S. and highlights strategies states and communities are using to help parents afford child care. New to this year's map is county-level cost data from seven states: Arizona, Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Hampshire.

3. Parent Participation in Early Intervention

Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)

Parent involvement is key for making the necessary decisions about early intervention services for children. This list of resources for parents and early intervention providers recently compiled by CIPR (December 2017) offers information and strategies for supporting parent participation in developmental screening, identifying appropriate services to best meet the child's needs, and staying informed about your (parents') rights.

4. 2016 Head Start Fact Sheets - Now Available

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

CLASP analyzes data from the Head Start grantees' Program Information Report (PIR) and offers factsheets to help early childhood stakeholders better understand Head Start and its participants. The most recent factsheets (December 2017) feature 2016 national data for three types of Head Start programs: Head Start preschool, Early Head Start, and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start. CLASP can also run state-specific analysis of PIR data upon request. Contact Ruth Cosse for more information.