March 23, 2018

In this Issue:

  1. 2018 Prevention Resource Guide
      Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway
  2. Research and Evaluation Capacity: Tool for CCDF Lead Agencies
      Source: Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE)
  3. Expanding Preschool Access for Children of Immigrants
      Source: Urban Institute
  4. Maltreatment and Trauma Resources
      Source: Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children
  5. Screening Strategies in Real Life Settings (Video)
      Source: ECHO Initiative
  6. Journal of Early Intervention Abstracts Available Online
      Source: DEC's Journal of Early Intervention - Volume 40, Issue 1, March 2018

1. 2018 Prevention Resource Guide

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

The 2018 Prevention Resource Guide recently released by the Child Welfare Information Gateway offers support to community service providers who engage with parents, caregivers, and children to prevent child abuse and nurture social and emotional well-being. The Guide provides evidence-based tools and strategies designed to strengthen families and facilitate optimal child development. The tips sheets for parents and caregivers in chapter five, are available in both English and Spanish.

2. Research and Evaluation Capacity: Tool for CCDF Lead Agencies

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

Research and evaluation play significant roles in understanding child, family, and early childhood system needs, and program effectiveness. Last week OPRE released an assessment tool (November 2017) offering Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) lead agencies a method to strengthen their capacity for using research and evaluation for making optimal policy, programmatic, and operational decisions. The tool is meant for organizational assessment and recommends a multidisciplinary team complete the steps together with input from outside research partners.

3. Expanding Preschool Access for Children of Immigrants

Source: Urban Institute

The Urban Institute studied 4 U.S. communities with unusually high rates of preschool enrollment among low-income immigrant families, and the strategies they used to close the gap of enrollment rates between immigrant and non-immigrant children. The full report (February 2018) identifies findings across 8 key themes (listed below). Recommendations and references are also included.

1) Parental Knowledge and Preferences, 2) Language Access, 3) Program Logistics, 4) Welcoming Efforts, 5) Enrollment Supports, 6) Program Resources, Financing, and Leadership, 7) Organization and Agency Partnerships, and 8) Immigration Policy Contexts

4. Maltreatment and Trauma Resources

Source: Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children

The latest edition of DEC's Resources within Reason (March 2018) offers a compilation of resources for families, educators, and administrators supporting children who have been exposed to maltreatment and traumatic events. From learning the effects of maltreatment on brain development to using art therapy to assist young children express their emotions, these resources offer current information and best practices to facilitate healing.

For additional free information on topics relating to individuals who support young children and their families, with an emphasis on children with or at risk for disabilities, visit the Resources within Reason archives at http://www.dec-sped.org/resources-within-reason.

5. Screening Strategies in Real Life Settings (Video)

Source: ECHO Initiative

This 15-minute video from the ECHO Initiative (March 2018) demonstrates several effective Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) screening strategies to use with young children in different settings. While some children only need one strategy, others may require multiple strategies for a successful screening session. Learn the do's and don'ts from skilled and patient screeners.

6. Journal of Early Intervention Abstracts Available Online

Source: DEC's Journal of Early Intervention - Volume 40, Issue 1, March 2018

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

Integrating Mathematics and Children's Literature for Young Children with Disabilities

Katherine B. Green, Peggy A. Gallagher, Lynn Hart

Social and Instrumental Interaction between Parents and Their Toddlers with Autism: A Qualitative Analysis

Show less Hannah H. Schertz, Meagan Call-Cummings, Kathryn Horn, Kelsey Quest, Rhiannon Steffen Law

Partial-Interval Estimation of Count: Uncorrected and Poisson-Corrected Error Levels

Paul J. Yoder, Jennifer R. Ledford, Amy L. Harbison, Jon T. Tapp

A Pilot Study of a Culturally Adapted Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in China

Yun Xu, Jian Yang, Jing Yao, Jun Chen, Xiangxiang Zhuang, Wenxiang Wang, Xiaoli Zhang, Gabrielle T. Lee

Effects of Reinforcement on Peer Imitation in a Small Group Play Context

Erin E. Barton, Jennifer R. Ledford

Bug-in-Ear eCoaching: Impacts on Novice Early Childhood Special Education Teachers

Christan Grygas Coogle, Jennifer R. Ottley, Naomi L. Rahn, Sloan Storie

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.