February 4 , 2011

In this Issue:

  1. New Videos Recently Posted on the Results Matter Video Library Site
      Source: Colorado Department of Education's Results Matter Program - February 2, 2011
  2. Recruitment and Retention Strategies to Address Personnel Shortages in Early Intervention
      Source: Personnel Improvement Center - Retrieved February 4, 2011
  3. NIH-funded Cost-Benefit Analysis of High-quality Preschool Program Shows Long-Term Payoffs
      Source: National Institutes of Health - February 4, 2011
  4. Office of Head Start Publishes New Online Lessons on Homelessness
      Source: Office of Head Start - January 31, 2011
  5. Children's Bureau Express Spotlights Young Children and Child Welfare
      Source: Children's Bureau Express - February 1, 2011
  6. The Center for Early Literacy Learning Publishes Two New CELLvideos
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - February 1, 2011
  7. 2011 Children in the States Factsheets from the Children's Defense Fund
      Source: Children's Defense Fund - January 31, 2011
  8. The Commonwealth Fund State Scorecard on Child Health System Performance, 2011
      Source: Commonwealth Fund - February 2, 2011

1. New Videos Recently Posted on the Results Matter Video Library Site

Source: Colorado Department of Education's Results Matter Program - February 2, 2011

The Colorado Department of Education's Results Matter Program has been facilitating learning communities of early childhood educators, special educators, and early intervention providers who are using video to enhance their work. The Video Library provides illustrations of their work and clips of children participating in typical activities that can be used for practicing observation, documentation, and assessment skills in professional development programs. Over 20 new videos have recently been added and can be watched the online or downloaded for free clips at http://www.cde.state.co.us/resultsmatter/RMVideoSeries.htm Two of the new additions include:

2. Recruitment and Retention Strategies to Address Personnel Shortages in Early Intervention

Source: Personnel Improvement Center - Retrieved February 4, 2011

The Personnel Improvement Center (PIC) recently published a practice brief that provides a variety of recruitment and retention strategies to help states and local programs address personnel shortages in early intervention. Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Early Intervention (EI) Professionals (Winter 2011), by Eve Müller, is available online at http://personnelcenter.org/documents/Recruitment%20and%20Rention%20of%20Qualified%20Early%20Intervention%20Personnel-final.pdf

3. NIH-funded Cost-Benefit Analysis of High-quality Preschool Program Shows Long-Term Payoffs

Source: National Institutes of Health - February 4, 2011

New findings from a cost-benefit analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) evaluating the effectiveness of the Chicago Public Schools' federally funded Child-Parent Centers (CPCs) shows $4 to $11 of economic benefits over a child's lifetime for every dollar initially spent on the program. The greatest benefits were realized among those who joined the program earliest. To learn more, see the press release at http://www.nih.gov/news/health/feb2011/nichd-04.htm

4. Office of Head Start Publishes New Online Lessons on Homelessness

Source: Office of Head Start - January 31, 2011

The Office of Head Start has published new online homelessness lessons designed to help programs increase awareness of and outreach to young children and families who may be experiencing homelessness. They are available online at http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/family/Family%20and%20Community%20Partnerships/Crisis%20Support/Homelessness/homelessness.html

5. Children's Bureau Express Spotlights Young Children and Child Welfare

Source: Children's Bureau Express - February 1, 2011

This month, the Children's Bureau Express spotlights young children involved with child welfare, including the intersection of child welfare with related services that impact young children and their families, such as substance use, child care, family strengthening, and more. It is available online at http://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewSection&issueID=123&subsectionID=31. Articles include:

  • Substance-Exposed Newborns and the AIA Resource Center
  • Keeping Young Children Safely With Their Families: The QIC on Early Childhood
  • State Strategies to Support Parents of Young Children
  • Helping Child Care and Early Childhood Centers Strengthen Families
  • Ethical Practice When Representing Very Young Children
  • Predictors of Harsh Parenting Practices With Young Children

6. The Center for Early Literacy Learning Publishes Two New CELLvideos

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - February 1, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has published two new CELLvideos: Tune In ( http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/tune_in.php) and Get in Step With Responsive Teaching ( http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/get_in_step_with_resp_teach.php). These videos focus on developing adult-child interactions that will boost literacy development. CELL is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Research to Practice Division and is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute.

7. 2011 Children in the States Factsheets from the Children's Defense Fund

Source: Children's Defense Fund - January 31, 2011

The Children's Defense Fund has released new factsheets providing key state and national data presented in a concise uniform format regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk for children in each state. Data are the most current available as of January 2011. They can be accessed online at http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/state-data-repository/cits/2011/children-in-the-states-factsheets.html

8. The Commonwealth Fund State Scorecard on Child Health System Performance, 2011

Source: Commonwealth Fund - February 2, 2011

The Commonwealth Fund has published its annual scorecard of states' performance on 20 key indicators of children's health care access, affordability of care, prevention and treatment, the potential to lead healthy lives, and health system equity. Securing a Healthy Future: The Commonwealth Fund State Scorecard on Child Health System Performance, 2011 finds that some states do significantly better than others in ensuring that all children are on course to lead healthy and productive lives. It is available online at http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/Fund-Reports/2011/Feb/State-Scorecard-Child-Health.aspx