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Below are recent links to various programs and reports relevant to the field of early care and education in California and elsewhere.
Please see the list of all resource pages -- in the right column.


Legislative Forum

On October 16th, the Local Planning Councils of the Bay Area hosted the annual ECE Legislative Forum.

Held in conjunction with the annual California Child Care Coordinators Association’s annual conference, the Forum was a great event and a unique opportunity to discuss early learning issues with a panel of local state legislators. Issues such as the state budget/incoming tax revenue, bay area reimbursement rates, and facilities expansion were all discussed in detail…

Below is a link to The Santa Clara County Office of Education website & a direct link to the video, on the website of the Santa Clara County Office of Education. There are four videos" the welcome address, keynote, introductory remarks by the legislators, then finally a moderated Q&A panel discussion. We hope you find the video informative, please share with any colleagues who may be interested!

http://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/lpc/Pages/Media-

Center.aspx


NIEER Publishes Early Literacy Policy Brief

Joining NIEER's series offering policy guidance on early education issues is Volume 10 titled Early Literacy: Policy and Practice in the Preschool Years (PDF) by Dorothy S. Strickland and Shannon Riley-Ayers. The 12-page brief discusses the growing focus on early literacy and develops recommendations and discussion in the context of five issues: standards, curriculum, accountability and assessment, teacher education and home-school connections.


Proven Benefits of Early Childhood Intervention:

The RAND Corporation's recently released research identifies the most effective practices and features of early intervention programs, based on a literature review and analysis. The study focused on diverse programs throughout the country that offered parent education and support, including home visits, center-based visits, or a combination.

Key findings include: Early childhood intervention programs have been shown to yield benefits in academic achievement, behavior, educational progression and attainment, delinquency and crime, and labor market success, among other domains. Interventions with better-trained caregivers and smaller child-to-staff ratios appear to offer more favorable results. Well-designed early childhood interventions have been found to generate a return to society ranging from $1.80 to $17.07 for each dollar spent on the program. Information is available to download in three forms:

the 200+ page report

Download the report (PDF)

Download a summary (PDF)


 

Healthy Mental Development for Young Children

The Commonwealth Fund has released a report, Improving the Delivery of Health Care that Supports Young Children's Healthy Mental Development: Early Accomplishments and Lessons Learned from a Five-State Consortium, highlighting five states that are participating in the Fund's ABCD II initiative. The initiative is designed to improve the delivery of mental health services for young children. The five states are implementing policies and practices to improve developmental services, in particular, those that support the use of a standardized screening tool. The states have found that active partnerships with clinicians and pediatric organizations have been crucial in obtaining provider acceptance and support for improvement projects.


Effects of Investing in Early Education on Economic Growth

Many in Congress and the administration have called for new investments in education in order to make the United States more competitive, with President Bush stressing the importance of education in preparing young Americans to "fill the jobs of the 21st century." Yet advocates of early childhood education have only recently stressed the economic benefits of preschool programs, and it has been difficult to win support for these short-term investments given the long-term nature of the benefits to the economy.

This policy brief analyzes the impact of a high-quality universal preschool policy on economic growth, concluding that such a policy could add $2 trillion to annual U.S. GDP by 2080. By 2080, a national program would cost the federal government approximately $59 billion, but generate enough additional growth in federal revenue to cover the costs of the program several times over.


Finding High Quality Pre-K: A Checklist

Research has consistently proven that the benefits of pre-k are closely tied to the quality of the pre-k program. But families searching for a high-quality program often had little help ... until now. Pre-K Now and the National Parent Teacher Association (National PTA) have created the "Finding High-Quality Pre-K Checklist," (PDF) a take-along resource that families can use when visiting and selecting a program.

The checklist covers dozens of pre-k quality factors and gives parents specific questions to pose to program staff and to ask of themselves. With these questions, families will be able to evaluate program features such as teacher training and styles, classroom facilities and management, and support for parental involvement. Millions of families across the nation will choose a pre-k program this summer - you can ensure that many have the tools to make the best decision for their children.

 
 

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