The What Works Clearinghouse recently released the following new intervention reports related to Early Childhood Education:
This new report from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University integrates the scientific knowledge base of how brain architecture is formed in very young children with those factors from the program evaluation literature that appear to offer the best course toward positive outcomes for children. It builds on the work that began with the 2000 landmark report by the National Academy of Sciences, From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development, followed by the work of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation. It is available at http://www.developingchild.net/pubs/persp/pdf/Policy_Framework.pdf
The National Institutes of Health will intensify its efforts to find the causes of autism and identify new treatments for the disorder through a new research program. The Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) program represents a consolidation of two existing programs, the Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment (STAART) and Collaborative Programs of Excellence in Autism (CPEA) into a single research effort. A related NIH News Release is available online at http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/aug2007/nichd-02.htm
Last week eNotes included a link to the final comments from Division for Early Childhood (DEC) on the Proposed Part C regulations. Below are links to the final comments from several additional National Organizations, including:
ZERO TO THREE is seeking applications from states to enroll in its State Partnerships for Prevention Project. This project seeks to help prevent child maltreatment by involving child care programs in primary prevention efforts. State leadership teams will receive consultation and training for up to 40 trainers in ZERO TO THREE's new Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: Parent Provider Partnership curriculum. Applications are due by October 23, 2007. To learn more go to http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ter_trng_pcan_app1.
FPG Voices, a new monthly podcast series produced by FPG Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will provide parents, child care providers, policymakers, and early childhood professionals with the latest research findings in early childhood development. Each episode will feature an interview with a researcher to learn more about a study recently published in a peer-reviewed journal. For more information go to http://www.fpg.unc.edu/news/podcasts.cfm