January 5, 2018

In this Issue:

  1. Statewide Disaster Plan (or Disaster Plan for a Tribe's Service Area) for Child Care
      Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families
  2. Supporting Child Development and Improving Family Economic Security
      Source: Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE)
  3. Supporting Kids With Autism
      Source: Education Week
  4. Birth Through Third Grade: Sustaining Program Effects
      Source: Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (ELC TA)
  5. Guide for Using Child Care Licensing Data
      Source: National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance

1. Statewide Disaster Plan (or Disaster Plan for a Tribe's Service Area) for Child Care

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

This information memorandum (December 2017) provides guidance to state, territorial, and tribal lead agencies for developing and implementing a disaster plan for child care. The guide also includes Appendix A, a checklist for developing child care emergency preparedness and response plans and Appendix B, emergency response resources for child care.

2. Supporting Child Development and Improving Family Economic Security

Source: Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE)

In November 2017, OPRE released this report that investigates the design and evaluation of approaches that alleviate poverty by addressing the needs of low-income parents and children. Programs that combine services intended to support both child development and parental economic security were examined. Recent advances in implementation science and other fields of research provide key insights for new programs that may prove more effective than similar programs designed in the 1980s and 1990s.

3. Supporting Kids With Autism

Source: Education Week

Education Week has produced a video with psychologist Laura Anthony from the Center of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Children's National Health System explaining ways that teachers can support young children with autism in the classroom. Also, meet "Julia", Sesame Street's newest muppet, depicting a 4 year old girl with autism interacting with classroom peers.

4. Birth Through Third Grade: Sustaining Program Effects

Source: Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (ELC TA)

This new resource from ELC TA (December 2017) is a compilation of activities organized by Early Learning Challenge states that align with improving Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans related to child development, early learning, and professional development. States may find this useful as they work to strengthen their own state plans and educational programs for birth through grade 3.

5. Guide for Using Child Care Licensing Data

Source: National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance has produced this licensing data guide (October 2017) to assist states and territories fulfill new requirements to collect and report child care licensing data. The guide provides new uses for licensing data, strategies for handling challenges, and additional resources.