June 12, 2019

Updates from the ECTA Center

Evaluating the Implementation of Evidence-based Practices—Tip Sheet Series

This series of short tip sheets were developed jointly by ECTA and DaSy centers, to provide concise guidance for collecting and analyzing high-quality data on the implementation of evidence-based practices. The tip sheets address four key topics: What to Measure, Characteristics of a High-Quality Measurement Tool, Establishing a Fidelity Threshold, and Summarizing Data for Decision-making.

Read more: https://dasycenter.org/evaluating-the-implementation-of-evidence-based-practices-tip-sheet-series

IDEA Federal Appropriations and National Child Counts for Part C

Part C child count data is reported as the number of infants and toddlers receiving services on a specific state-designated date between October 1 - December 1 of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY). The FFY runs from October 1 - September 30. This means, for example, that FFY 2013 child count data is from the Fall of 2012. ECTA has recently updated our data charts comparing state annual IDEA federal appropriations and child counts to reflect FFY 2018 data.

Read more: http://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/growthcompPartC-2019-05-20.pdf

IDEA Federal Appropriations and National Child Counts for Section 619

Section 619 child count data is reported as the number of preschool children receiving services on a specific state-designated date between October 1 - December 1 of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY). The FFY runs from October 1 - September 30. This means, for example, that FFY 2013 child count data is from the Fall of 2012. ECTA has recently updated our data charts comparing state annual IDEA federal appropriations and child counts to reflect FFY 2018 data.

Read more: http://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/growthcomp-2019-05-20.pdf

Young Children who are Exposed Prenatally to Substances and their Families

Developed in partnership with the IDEA Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association, this new ECTA web page provides key research, policy, state guidance and examples, and evidence-based practices for supporting young children exposed prenatally to substances and their families.

Read more: http://ectacenter.org/topics/earlyid/prenatalsubstances.asp

News from the Field

Child Find Self-Assessment

OSEP, with the collaboration and support of ECTA, DaSy and IDC (for Sections II and III), developed this voluntary self-assessment tool to assist states in meeting regulations and implementing best practices related to child find. It will assist states in understanding and documenting their work around child find regulations and in identifying best practices to improve the efficiency of their child find efforts.

Source: ECTA Center: Tools for Improving Child Find

Child Care Subsidies: Access Varies by Race, Ethnicity, State

Many families with low incomes qualify for child care assistance through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). However, few get the help they need because funding is insufficient to serve all eligible children. This brief examines children’s access to CCDBG-funded child care in states by race and ethnicity using publicly available data from fiscal year (FY) 2016. The analysis demonstrates three key findings: Access to CCDBG-funded child care was 1) low across the board, 2) varied by race and ethnicity, and, 3) varied by state.

Source: CLASP: Inequitable Access to Child Care Subsidies, April 25, 2019

Early-life Challenges Affect How Children Focus, Face the Day

A new study from the University of Washington finds that experiences such as poverty, residential instability, or parental divorce or substance abuse, can affect executive function and lead to changes in a child's brain chemistry, muting the effects of stress hormones.

Source: ScienceDaily. University of Washington, June 5, 2019