February 2, 2018

In this Issue:

  1. Head Start Waiver Notice from the Administration for Children & Families
      Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families
  2. More Birth Defects Seen in Parts of U.S. with Local Zika Spread
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  3. Transforming the Early Education Workforce: A Multimedia Guidebook
      Source: New America
  4. New Translations for Families and Practitioners
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
  5. Child Welfare Financing 101 Infographic
      Source: Child Trends

1. Head Start Waiver Notice from the Administration for Children & Families

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

The Administration for Children & Families recently posted the following notice in the Federal Register:

Title: Secretarial Determination To Lower Head Start Center-Based Service Duration Requirement - Waiver
Date: Rule effective January 19, 2018.
URL: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/19/2018-00897/secretarial-determination-to-lower-head-start-center-based-service-duration-requirement

2. More Birth Defects Seen in Parts of U.S. with Local Zika Spread

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

According to a recent press release from the CDC (January 2018), birth defects most strongly related to Zika virus infection during pregnancy have increased in areas of the U.S. reporting local transmission of Zika. Specifically, southern Florida, a section of south Texas, and Puerto Rico have seen a 21% increase in birth defects most strongly linked to Zika in the last half of 2016 as compared to numbers in the first half of that year. For more information, visit the full report.

3. Transforming the Early Education Workforce: A Multimedia Guidebook

Source: New America

New America recently published Transforming the Early Education Workforce: A Multimedia Guidebook (December 2017), an interactive resource designed to promote awareness of the science of early learning and guide school administrators and policymakers to train and support early educators of children (ages birth through 8). The guidebook aligns with the 2015 report, Transforming the Workforce for Children from Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation, published by the National Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council (now the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine).

4. New Translations for Families and Practitioners

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University recently expanded its online library to include French translations of the Center's Executive Function Activities Guide and InBrief, as well as, Mandarin translations of Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development and other resources.

5. Child Welfare Financing 101 Infographic

Source: Child Trends

This new visual graphic (December 2017) from Child Trends provides a snapshot of the types of funding states receive from federal and local sources that support child welfare activities. The infographic also includes a breakdown of funding sources for six states (MO, ME, CT, WV, WA and DE). Also, available in PDF.