On Thursday, June 9, 2011, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families held a hearing entitled Getting the Most Bang for the Buck: Quality Early Education and Care. Witnesses discussed the importance of having a comprehensive early education and care program in the nation. A video of the hearing is available online at http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=4fd57df5-5056-9502-5d58-05502741ee44
See also, an Early Ed Watch blog post about the hearing from the New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative - http://earlyed.newamerica.net/blogposts/2011/hearing_features_bi_partisan_call_for_more_focus_on_child_care_and_early_ed-52763
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) recently posted a new on-line module on the early identification of ASD. The module comes with videos (including home movies of babies who later develop ASD), case studies and other resources. It is available online at http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/early-identification-asd-module
CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge has published a new online module on the purpose, use and potential benefits of assistive technology interventions when working with young children. CONNECT Modules are free online modules that include high quality videos, handouts and activities based on real life, practice-focused dilemmas.
The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation recently published the following new resources:
The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released two new web-based publications:
New findings from a study following over 1,400 students, 957 from the Child-Parent Center Education Program and 529 from a control group, demonstrate once again that high-quality preschool can have significant long-lasting benefits. Twenty-five year follow-up results were published in the online version of Science on June 9, 2011, and showed that the children who attended the preschool program had higher educational attainment, income, socioeconomic status, and health insurance coverage, as well as lower rates of justice-system involvement and substance abuse. To learn more, go to http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6040/360.abstract
Citation: Reynolds, A. J., Temple, J. A., Ou S. R., Arteaga, I. A., White, B. A. B. (2011). School-based early childhood education and age-28 well-being: Effects by timing, dosage, and subgroups. Science. Published online June 9, 2011. doi: 10.1126/science.1203618