The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has released its 2009 Position Statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice for teachers and others in the field of early childhood education. To learn more and to access the position statement, go to http://www.naeyc.org/dap/
The Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration has published an announcement for FY 2009 State MCH Early Childhood Comprehensive System Implementation Grants. The purpose of the State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (SECCS) program is to ensure school readiness by creating a seamless system of early childhood services for all children. For complete information go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=45177
The Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy at the Erikson Institute has published a report entitled Creating a Workforce in Early Childhood Mental Health: Defining the Competent Specialist, by Jon Korfmacher and Aimee Hilado. The report summarizes a comparison of efforts to define standards and professional competencies for early childhood mental health specialists developed by groups of professionals in California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, and Vermont. It is available online at http://www.erikson.edu/downloads/cmsFile.ashx?VersionID=3516&PropertyID=78
ZERO TO THREE has developed a searchable database containing information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families. Baby Matters: A Gateway to State Policies and Initiatives is searchable by state, keyword, and category. Each entry contains key information on the policy or initiative, as well links to additional related resources. It is available online at http://policy.db.zerotothree.org/policyp/home.aspx
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) has created Parent Training Modules which provide information for families on promoting children's social and emotional skills, understanding their problem behaviors, and using positive approaches to help them learn appropriate behaviors. The modules are available online at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel/parent.html
The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) recently conducted its first webinar titled Implementing and Sustaining Effective Programs and Services that Promote Good Social, Emotional & Behavioral Outcomes for Young Children with Special Needs: Part 1 of 2, presented by Karen Blase, Barbara Smith and Roxane Kaufmann. The recording of this event and all of the accompanying resources are now available online at http://www.challengingbehavior.org/explore/webinars/1.29.2009_tacsei_webinar.htm
TACSEI's second Webinar, entitled Using a Response to Intervention (RTI) Framework to Promote Young Children's Social Competence and Address Challenging Behavior, presented by Phil Strain, Lise Fox and Judith Carta, will take place on February 23, 2009, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm EST. To register for this free webinar go to http://www.challengingbehavior.org/do/tacsei_webinars/using_rti_framework_registration.htm. Space is limited and registrations will no longer be accepted once capacity is reached.