October 5, 2018

In this Issue:

  1. Head Start Program Facts Fiscal Year 2017
      Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families
  2. DRAFT Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  3. New Online Resource Library from CEELO
      Source: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO)
  4. First-Time Parenting Knowledge (Video)
      Source: Child Trends
  5. Access to Early Care and Education for Low-Income Hispanic Children
      Source: National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families

1. Head Start Program Facts Fiscal Year 2017

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

Head Start has released its facts sheet for fiscal year 2017. Review Head Start's data on federal appropriations, annual funding/enrollment by state, program statistics and services, child and family demographics, and workforce representation. Graphs and tables are included.

2. DRAFT Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

In September 2018, the NAEYC released the first draft of its position statement on Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and is inviting feedback from all early childhood educators until November 16, 2018. The final position statement will significantly influence competency and education standards for early childhood educators, including higher education accreditation, and professional licensure, training, evaluation and accountability.

3. New Online Resource Library from CEELO

Source: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO)

CEELO recently launched a new online Resource Library. The library offers Leadership Academy and other technical assistance resources which can be found easily in content areas, such as assessment, child outcomes, data, and ESSA via a keyword search, publication type, title or date.

4. First-Time Parenting Knowledge (Video)

Source: Child Trends

Child Trends released a new video (September 2018) highlighting its research findings that first-time parents have the most questions about social and emotional development for their children. Researchers also found that many parents use similar information sources, ask similar questions, and often wish to learn more effective disciplinary approaches, regardless of race or ethnicity.

5. Access to Early Care and Education for Low-Income Hispanic Children

Source: National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families

This new report from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (September 2018) provides a research synthesis on the latest literature, technical reports, and white papers on early care and education (ECE) access for Hispanic families living in poverty. The findings reveal that although the use of ECE programs has increased among low-income Hispanic families, access remains available to some Hispanic populations. Also, socioeconomic stressors, such as inadequate community support and non-traditional work hours, decrease the ability for Hispanic families to engage with ECE programs. Recommendations for more effective recruiting and engagement with Hispanic families are provided.