April 20, 2018

In this Issue:

  1. State of Preschool 2017
      Source: The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)
  2. AAP Diversity and Inclusion Statement
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  3. Resources on Reflection
      Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
  4. The Indian Child Welfare Act: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals
      Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway
  5. Period of PURPLE Crying
      Source: Children's Bureau

1. State of Preschool 2017

Source: The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)

The State of Preschool 2017, NIEER's latest edition of its annual yearbook report profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs across the U.S., is now available (April 2018). It is the only national report on state-funded preschool programs with detailed information on enrollment, funding, teacher qualifications, and other policies related to quality. The 2017 Yearbook provides data from the 2016-2017 school year and retrospective data since 2001.

2. AAP Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Last month (March 2018), the AAP released its position statement on diversity and inclusion to communicate its commitment to "promoting nurturing, inclusive environments" and to "actively opposing intolerance, bigotry, bias, and discrimination." The AAP plans to continue using policy, advocacy, and education that supports inclusivity and cultural effectiveness for all children and families, as well as, foster a health care system and communities that honor diversity.

3. Resources on Reflection

Source: Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)

Learning emotional intelligence is key to helping children achieve positive social-emotional outcomes and academic success. The CPIR, also known as the Parent Center Hub, recently compiled a list of resources about teaching young children emotional intelligence, self-care, and resiliency (April 2018). Resources from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center (NAPTAC) are included.

4. The Indian Child Welfare Act: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This factsheet from the Child Welfare Information Gateway (March 2018) reviews the Indian Child Welfare Act, as well as, current and historical issues that impact child welfare practices with American Indian and Alaska Native children and families. Designed to guide child welfare caseworkers working with native populations, this factsheet also provides recommendations, cultural considerations, references and additional resources.

5. Period of PURPLE Crying

Source: Children's Bureau

April is the National Child Abuse Prevention month, and the Children's Bureau has issued a resource to spotlight the Period of PURPLE Crying, an evidence-based child abuse prevention program from the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. The program is designed to teach new parents and caregivers about early and escalating infant crying (a normal stage in a baby's development), and the dangers associated with it. The stage usually occurs from 2 weeks of age to 4 months when a baby cries for hours, often inconsolably. During this time, parents are most at risk of harming their infants or shaking them out of frustration. This can result in head trauma or shaken baby syndrome, a serious form of infant abuse that can result in brain damage or even death.