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What is executive function? And how does it relate to child development?

Executive function and self-regulation skills help us manage information, make decisions, and plan ahead. We need these skills at every stage of life, and, while no one is born with them, nearly all of us are born with the potential to develop them. But, how do we do that?  https://harvard.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=641f78fe500d565329121ffc9&id=c9cf99b5a5&e=7bcca0efc7

To understand more about executive function skills and why it's important to develop these skills during early childhood, check out this new infographic. https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/what-is-executive-function-and-how-does-it-relate-to-child-development/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=april_2019

View the executive function infographic https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/what-is-executive-function-and-how-does-it-relate-to-child-development/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=april_2019

Source: Center for the Developing Child – April 17, 2019

Resources to Help You Plan for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2019

Awareness Day is less than a month away, and we know you’re busy planning! Use our How to Engage Your Community During Awareness Day to support your efforts. This tool features tips for selecting an activity, collaborating with partners, and promoting your event, along with downloadable graphics.https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fr20.rs6.net%2Ftn.jsp%3Ff%3D001st-qRQXKti8Et6YeaEt8GjmspYiDrtJy-DkIxv91QeSm2-Z1i520gxG9G_TGFHUC1fKlKfvgMcftHg0e7kgoA077nXunJDlPzV4TVVbEONAOHcOEoFu9fYzAwLP5s1NYTiNtOWMvldWp7RCiwsAR64oPkW0VFyBIMYXY3JwsZT5cg7JjHKA4VaR2a4ZK5HKqtNAfSG4PLo1uFtST1MgIms01qEWEiV6UFRPzBfCbRrQ%3D%26c%3DttQMON32vMITdSYK30JX_flSaJ5eQlWjx2KY9B0iQZjdApIzUnQe1Q%3D%3D%26ch%3DeyIuOfmYg4nJ9YGoBFCijwp7q_JZ1eIUGPPMZw9FfGnMNnqX_KE0FA%3D%3D&data=02%7C01%7Clindeman%40ku.edu%7C46dfa9a1d7c24863a02608d6c1896b4a%7C3c176536afe643f5b96636feabbe3c1a%7C0%7C0%7C636909193313106575&sdata=sZVOP%2FhNNgglrixKbxCyhVy%2BMQHBBvVxvFMmL6tdq6o%3D&reserved=0

The 2019 resource guide also features messages you can use to get the word out about Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Awareness Day 2019 event. This event will occur at 3 p.m. EDT on Monday May 6 at the HHS Grand Hall. Be sure to hold the time so you can watch live on HHS.gov! https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fr20.rs6.net%2Ftn.jsp%3Ff%3D001st-qRQXKti8Et6YeaEt8GjmspYiDrtJy-DkIxv91QeSm2-Z1i520gxG9G_TGFHUC80FL9vPwBSSKVed_Bj7m4N4UhYJMja2_u2UjPlN9OTLVDHXL8XGRYNRvjI8eG-DhRyTgn_3B2Enji-qpDv1DRDNQXGCAEHtPsn2Eo7dwdcC5sXZhOzA7uQ%3D%3D%26c%3DttQMON32vMITdSYK30JX_flSaJ5eQlWjx2KY9B0iQZjdApIzUnQe1Q%3D%3D%26ch%3DeyIuOfmYg4nJ9YGoBFCijwp7q_JZ1eIUGPPMZw9FfGnMNnqX_KE0FA%3D%3D&data=02%7C01%7Clindeman%40ku.edu%7C46dfa9a1d7c24863a02608d6c1896b4a%7C3c176536afe643f5b96636feabbe3c1a%7C0%7C0%7C636909193313116580&sdata=50oH7TwejO2dm0Zd4nOrBXa%2F1siRAAXRZF0ZyY9BSSg%3D&reserved=0

 Source: TA Telegram – April 15, 2019

 Adverse childhood experiences are different than child trauma, and it’s critical to understand why

 Legislators, caregivers, and the media increasingly recognize that childhood adversity poses risks to individual health and well-being. The original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study has helped raise public awareness about this critical public health issue. However, as the use of ACEs questionnaires for identifying potentially harmful childhood experiences has gained popularity, it is important to understand how ACEs differ from other commonly used terms, including childhood adversity, trauma, and toxic stress. https://childtrends.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2dcd6a778a067d2b0f01fd186&id=1a7568da06&e=619cf83a75

 Source: Child Trends – April 11, 2019

Structural Factors Shape the Effects of the Opioid Epidemic on Pregnant Women and Infants

In the latest issue of JAMA, (January 2019, Volume 321, Issue 4), a study found that higher levels of unemployment rates were associated with higher rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a condition attributed to the exposure of opioids during pregnancy. The researchers also found a significant association between counties that had a shortage of mental health professionals and higher rates of NAS. The findings suggest that to significantly address the impact of opioid use on neonates and their families, research and policy must reach beyond clinics and into community infrastructure, such as local economic and mental health conditions. https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fjamanetwork.com%2Fjournals%2Fjama%2Ffullarticle%2F2722750&data=02%7C01%7Ckpage%40ku.edu%7C9c7b73e6083b49579fef08d6877fb69f%7C3c176536afe643f5b96636feabbe3c1a%7C0%7C1%7C636845379944854711&sdata=HFIyQGZqcTejpkUXo6Gr81TOYIfFnO98CaYmLIizCbA%3D&reserved=0

Source: ecta-enotes – January 31, 2019

Early Education Essentials: Illustrations of Strong Organizational Practices

A recent report from the Ounce and the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (December 2018) poses the question, "What do strong organizational conditions look like in early childhood education (ECE) settings?" and outlines the following six essentials necessary for high-quality ECE programs. Comparison tables of strong versus weak essentials are provided, along with a summary, appendix, and references. https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fconsortium.uchicago.edu%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fpublications%2FEarly%2520Ed%2520Essentials%2520Illustrations-Dec2018-Consortium.pdf&data=02%7C01%7Ckpage%40ku.edu%7C9c7b73e6083b49579fef08d6877fb69f%7C3c176536afe643f5b96636feabbe3c1a%7C0%7C1%7C636845379944864716&sdata=F3Y0UTckOZJZ%2Bsk1kc%2FBxtHEzad95%2B4qaNgf%2FurPYKg%3D&reserved=0

  • Effective instructional leaders
  • Collaborative teachers
  • Involved families
  • Supportive environment
  • Ambitious instruction
  • Parent voice

Source: ecta-enotes – January 31, 2019

Understanding Motivation: Building the Brain Architecture

A recent working paper published by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (December 2018) explores the science of motivation and how positive feedback in early childhood reinforces a child's inherent feelings of satisfaction or pleasure. The development of the brain's motivation systems is most sensitive when infants and toddlers "are learning approach, avoidance, and attachment behaviors". These behaviors are learned best via responsive, supportive interactions from caregiver relationships. The paper further explains how a child's motivation and rewards systems can be disrupted and implications for caregivers and policymakers. https://46y5eh11fhgw3ve3ytpwxt9r-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/wp14_reward_motivation_121118_FINAL.pdf

Source: ecta-enotes – January 25, 2019

Medicaid for Key Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services

The NCCP recently published this brief (November 2018) that provides updated data results from a 50-State survey regarding states' Medicaid coverage for key infant and early childhood mental health services. Policies that support the accessibility and quality of these services are also examined. http://www.nccp.org/publications/pdf/text_1211.pdf

Source: ecta-enotes – January 25, 2019

Potential Link Between the Opioid Crisis and Gastroschisis

A recent report from the CDC (January 2019) considers a potential link between gastroschisis, a birth defect where the infant is born with its intestines outside of its body, and communities with high opioid prescription rates. A study found that counties where doctors provided frequent opioid prescriptions "had 1.6 times more babies born with gastroschisis compared to counties with low opioid prescription rates". Researchers stress that tracking birth defect rates and opioid prescriptions is necessary for understanding the impact of the opioid crisis on mothers and infants. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/features/opioid-crisis-and-gastroschisis.html

 Source: ecta-enotes – January 25, 2019 

Early Childhood Advocacy Tools

Discover how to talk to your legislator, how your action can help families in need, and how to work with the media with these advocacy tools from the Ounce of Prevention. All are available at https://www.theounce.org/resources/advocacy-tools/?utm_source=MarketingCloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=national_policy&utm_term=&utm_content=201901_newsletter

Source: natural resources – January 25, 2019

Benefits for Children with Disabilities 

The Social Security Administration has updated its Benefits for Children with Disabilities pamphlet (2019) describing benefits available to eligible children with disabilities and how to apply. Some benefits included are Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and employment support programs. A 2018 version is also available in Spanish. https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10026.pdf

 Source: ecta-enotes – January 18, 2019

New PDG Grants Awarded for State Efforts for Young Children Birth to Five

 ACF recently released this compiled list of the 45 Preschool Development Grant (PDG) B-5 grant awardees (January 2019) and amounts awarded. This funding gives states the opportunity to design and implement high-quality, equitable early child care and education programs for all children and families. Contact Richard Gonzales at richard.gonzales@acf.hhs.gov if you have any questions about the grant. http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/38a114_1ae7b214cc7e44cea4663057a373d142.pdf

 Source: ecta-enotes – January 18, 2019

 Supporting Families Impacted by Opioid Use and Neonatal Abstinence

This new resource from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (October 2018) provides home visiting practitioners useful information on the effects of the opioid crisis on young children and describes approaches and treatments necessary for meeting their complex needs, as well as, the mothers' needs. Additional resources about children with special health care needs can be found on the MRSA website.  https://mchb.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/mchb/MaternalChildHealthInitiatives/HomeVisiting/MIECHV-Opioid-NAS-Resource.pdf

Source: ecta-enotes – January 11, 2019

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! - Updated

The U.S. Dept of Education has updated its Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Additional Resources webpage (November 2018). The resource collection includes information that promotes positive child development and behavioral screening. Educators, healthcare providers and other professionals will find tools for working with families to acquire early identification screenings for their children, as well as, tools for finding community services to assist families and young children.https://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/list/watch-me-thrive/index.html

Source: ecta-enotes – December 14, 2018

Building Strong Foundations: Racial Inequity in Policies that Impact Infants, Toddlers, & Families

ZERO TO THREE and CLASP recently published this brief (November 2018) to address policies that prevent racial equity and their negative impact to young children, families, and surrounding communities. Recommendations to design new or reformed policies that reduce racial disparities are provided.  https://www.clasp.org/sites/default/files/publications/2018/11/Building%20Strong%20Foundations%20Racial%20Equity%20Brief.pdf

Source: ecta-enotes – December 14, 2018

A Resource Collection on Trauma-Informed Care

CPIR has compiled this collection of resources (November 2018) for caregivers to gain knowledge and effectively assist children impacted by trauma. The collections cover several areas, including basic information about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), caring for specific populations affected by trauma (e.g., children with disabilities), building trauma-informed schools, and responding to disasters. https://www.parentcenterhub.org/trauma-informed-care-resource-collection/

 Source: ecta-enotes – December 7, 2018

Spanish Milestone Tracker App  

CDC’s FREE Milestone Tracker app, now available in English and Spanish. #MilestoneTracker app at: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones-app.html

 Source: Dr. Peggy Kemp – November 20, 2018

 Screen Sense: Impact of Media Use on Children Under 3

ZERO TO THREE just released several evidence-based screen sense resources (October 2018) to assist caregivers of children under 3 years old to assess safe media content and usage for young children. Parents will learn the 3 C's, the E-AIMS tool for choosing content, how to develop a family media plan, and how to role model their own screen use in the company of their children. https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/series/screen-sense

 Source: ecta-enotes – October 30, 2018

Evidence-based Practice and Autism

The Center on the Developing Child created this Guide to Toxic Stress to clear up the confusion and help you learn the facts about toxic stress step by step. https://developingchild.harvard.edu/guide/a-guide-to-toxic-stress/

Source: Center on the Developing Child – October 30, 2018

Position Statement on Low Birth Weight, Prematurity & Early Intervention

Last month, the DEC posted its position statement on low birth weight, prematurity and early intervention (September 2018). The document covers available research on low weight preterm infants and the impact of evidence based early intervention. DEC supports that a national standard of low birth weight be set below 1500 grams and 37 weeks for early intervention (EI) eligibility. They also recommend that each state reviews its policies on eligibility and determines if its current criteria for EI eligibility integrates with current research. An executive summary of the statement is also available. https://www.decdocs.org/position-statement-low-birth-weight

Source: ecta-enotes – October 19, 2018

Supporting Families of Young Children in Leadership Roles (Video Series)

ECTA has published a new video series (August 2018) to support states implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C and Part B Section 619 (preschool) regulations. The videos focus on methods to engage families in the planning, decision-making, and evaluation of local child care programs, and strategies to support new family leaders. The videos also include testimonials from family leaders involved in the educational system and explore the challenges families may face as they begin their leadership path.http://ectacenter.org/topics/familyeng/supportingfamilyleaders.asp

Source: ecta-enotes – October 19, 2018

The Opioid Crisis 

This thoughtfully researched and written article from Teaching Tolerance magazine pays specific attention to how the opioid epidemic affects children, how it manifests in the early elementary classroom, and what educators can do right now to make a difference. https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/summer-2018/the-opioid-crisis?utm_source=Teaching+Tolerance&utm_campaign=c040927be6-A+Letter+From+Our+Director&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a8cea027c3-c040927be6-83000183

Source: natural resources – October 19, 2018

ACEs and Toxic Stress: Frequently Asked Questions

The terms adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress seem to be everywhere right now, but what are they exactly and how are they related? Clear up the confusion in this new, easily shareable resource that includes a helpful, downloadable infographic and answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs). Most importantly, information is included about how to help mitigate the effects of ACEs and toxic stress, whether you've experienced them yourself or want to help others. Learn more at https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/aces-and-toxic-stress-frequently-asked-questions/

Source: natural resources – October 17, 2018

Play is not frivolous; it is brain building”  

The headline quote comes from page 5 of the August 2018 publication entitled The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children. Don’t miss this rich resource from the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to providing a thoroughly documented overview of the nature and types of play, the report unpacks the effects of play on brain structure and functioning, benefits for children, benefits for adults, and implications for learning and development. Challenges and barriers to play, including media, are also chronicled. While the recommendations offered are targeted to pediatricians, many of them apply to messages that would be appropriate for early childhood professionals to consider. 


Source: natural resources – August 29, 2018

Leading Family Engagement in Early Learning: A Supplemental Guide  


This 2018 guide from the Global Family Research Project (https://globalfrp.org/) examines best practices for family engagement within a variety of spaces, from public libraries to schools. It includes a collection of free resources that thoughtfully offer evidence for culturally-responsive and effective ways to engage families.  

Source: natural resources – July 11, 2018

New guide provides info on how to consider child functioning relative to age

You'll find answers to commonly asked questions about "age anchoring" as it applies to the Child Outcomes Summary process in this new resource.


 Source: UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute – April 30, 2018

Resources for Learning About and Addressing How The Opioid Crisis Impacts Young Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with Casey Family Programs, had assembled a collection of resources highlighting the impact of the opioid crisis on children and families across the country. Go to https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/federal-advocacy/Pages/Opioid-Factsheets.aspx to access state-by-state and national fact sheets that examine the intersection of the opioid epidemic, child welfare systems, and child health. These fact sheets also offer policy solutions that can support vulnerable children and families at both the state and federal level.

 Source: natural resources – April 30, 2018

Evidence-based Practice and Autism

In support of the National Autism Awareness month, OSERS' shares a blog post from Sam Odom of the FPG Child Development Institute (April 2018) that gives examples of available national and global research focused on evidence-based practices and autism. Practitioners, researchers, and caregivers working with children with autism will find valuable information in the linked resources (examples below):


Source: ecta-enotes – April 27, 2018

Strategies to Improve Instructional Practice in Early Childhood Settings

This recent issue of Fast Fact from CEELO (April 2018) responds to a state's request for a review of national research on best practices that have effectively improved results on the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), with a specific focus on practices that impact instruction applicable to teachers in school and community-based early education programs. The review identified several models for effective professional development and coaching for quality instruction. http://ceelo.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2ceelo_fast_fact_LA-Instruction-LCT_041218_final.pdf

Source: ecta-enotes – April 27, 2018

Maltreatment and Trauma Resources

The latest edition of DEC's Resources within Reason (March 2018) offers a compilation of resources for families, educators, and administrators supporting children who have been exposed to maltreatment and traumatic events. From learning the effects of maltreatment on brain development to using art therapy to assist young children express their emotions, these resources offer current information and best practices to facilitate healing.

For additional free information on topics relating to individuals who support young children and their families, with an emphasis on children with or at risk for disabilities, visit the Resources within Reason archives at http://www.dec-sped.org/resources-within-reason.

Source: ecta-enotes – March 23, 2018

Screening Strategies in Real Life Settings (Video)

This 15-minute video from the ECHO Initiative (March 2018) demonstrates several effective Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) screening strategies to use with young children in different settings. While some children only need one strategy, others may require multiple strategies for a successful screening session. Learn the do's and don'ts from skilled and patient screeners.http://www.infanthearing.org/flashplayer/echo-video-player-hd.htm?file=http://www.infanthearing.org/flashvideos/ECHO/9b-Examples%20of%20Strategies2.mp4

Source: ecta-enotes – March 23, 2018

Smoothing Out the Bumps of Transitioning to Kindergarten

The transition to kindergarten is an important time in the young life of a preschooler. Research has shown that the quality of children’s kindergarten transition processes has implications for their future academic and social outcomes, and the level of family engagement in kindergarten. Research further indicates that children living in families with low incomes are less likely to have positive transition experiences. This brief examines policies and practices that can be implemented to increase the likelihood that all children will have positive transition experiences. It includes a sample of promising kindergarten transition practices at the state and local levels, and describes a model for creating successful transitions to kindergarten. https://pdg.grads360.org/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=#communities/pdc/documents/15113

Source: PDG-TA – February 23, 2018

Head Start Resources Supporting Individualization

Head Start's Children with Disabilities webpage provides a compilation of resources for supporting individualization for children ages birth to 5. The evidence-based resources align with the 8 Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices' topic areas (Assessment, Environment, Family, Interaction, Instruction, Teaming and Collaboration, Transition, and Leadership) and are organized by knowledge level for educators and families. https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/children-disabilities/article/resources-supporting-individualization

 Source: ecta-enotes – January 19, 2018

New videos posted on the NM FIT FOCUS Video Library

We are excited to share 3 new videos that have been added to the Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program Video Library.http://www.cdd.unm.edu/ecln/FIT/fit-focus-video-library.html

A Home Visit with Esaia’s Family: Coaching with FGRBI (10:59)

This video illustrates how a Speech-Language Pathologist and a parent work together during early intervention home visits. The SLP and the parent describe the benefits of using a coaching approach, focusing on family routines, and using Family Guided Routines Based Intervention as a framework

Using Video Technology To Enhance Coaching In Early Intervention (6:37)

This video illustrates a pilot project in New Mexico in which early intervention practitioners video record their home visits, post the videos to a private video sharing and collaboration platform, and receive coaching on their application of new practices.

Dream Big: A FIT Family Story (5:27)

In this video, produced for families who are new to early intervention, Dani and Marcos describe many of the key features of early intervention and how they and their daughter benefit from them.

The video can be found at the top of the page at: http://www.cdd.unm.edu/ecln/FIT/fit-focus-video-library.html 

Source: Larry Edelman – January 11, 2018

Resources Supporting Individualization for Children Ages Birth to Five

Young children ages birth to 5 vary widely in their skills, knowledge, backgrounds, and abilities. Effective teaching for all children, especially those at risk for or diagnosed with disabilities, requires individualized teaching and learning opportunities to access, participate, and thrive in all early childhood settings.

This collection of resources (https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/children-disabilities/article/resources-supporting-individualization) provides information about evidence-based practices that support individualization and associated resources. These practices are aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. The resources are organized around the eight topic areas of evidence-based practices identified in the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices: Assessment, Environment, Family, Interaction, Instruction, Teaming and Collaboration, Transition, and Leadership. These recommended practices have been validated as having the strongest evidence-base for individualizing teaching and learning opportunities for all children.

 Source: natural resources – January 11, 2018

Self-Assessment Tool for Early Childhood Programs Serving Families Experiencing Homelessness

This tool from the Ounce of Prevention Fund (the Ounce) and the U.S. Department of Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has been specifically designed for child care, Head Start and Early Head Start, and pre-k programs as a guide for welcoming and supporting families and children experiencing homelessness into these programs. Early care and education providers play a critical role in identifying and supporting families with young children who are experiencing homelessness and connecting those families to other resources within their community. Being exposed to a safe, stable, and developmentally appropriate environment while young is important to healthy child development. The tool contains recommendations for making early childhood programs more responsive to the unique needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families who experience homelessness in five areas: Identification and Support; Removal of Barriers; Responding to Family Needs; Engagement in Strategic Collaboration; and Improving Collection, Reporting and Utilization of Data. Additional resources to support programs are also identified.https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ecd/final_self_assessment_tool_for_early_childhood_programs_serving.pdf

 Source: natural resources – September 12, 2017

New Position Statement on Challenging Behavior and Young Children

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC)’s July 2017 Position Statement on Challenging Behavior and Young Children readdresses the significance of the healthy social-emotional competence of all children and provides guidance to practitioners, teachers, and families in preventing and effectively responding to challenging behaviors. DEC's position includes culturally sustaining, family-focused practices, as well as a commitment to inclusion, professional development, technical assistance, and using approaches that eliminate suspension and expulsion. https://tinyurl.com/y8omad5d

Source: natural resources – August 10, 2017

5 things to know about the opioid epidemic and its effect on children

Opioids are highly addictive drugs, available in illegal forms like heroin, or legal ones like oxycodone, hydrocodone, or morphine, which are available through a prescription. A drastic increase in the abuse of prescription opioids has gained national attention on multiple fronts, and for good reason. This is what you need to know about the epidemic and how it affects childrenhttps://www.childtrends.org/child-trends-5/5-things-know-opioid-epidemic-effect-children/

Source: natural resources – July 12, 2017

Everyone’s Welcome

Watch this delightful video and use it to discuss how to make everyone welcome in your work with children and families.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MJrRvpjB1I

Source: natural resources – July 12, 2017

The Evidence for Inclusion

This one-page document will help you quickly pull up and share definitions, research findings, and access essential examples of the evidence for inclusion. https://divisionearlychildhood.egnyte.com/dd/JG2e4XJq3d/?forceDownload=false&preview=true&cb=1499868164774

Source: natural resources – July 12, 2017

Early Childhood Special Education and ESSA: A Great Opportunity for All

In this blog post, Donna Spiker, Kathleen Hebbeler, Debbie Cate, and Sharon Walsh explain how states and districts can and should prioritize the inclusion of children with disabilities in efforts to improve early learning programs. https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/early-childhood-special-education-and-essa-great-opportunity-all/

Source: natural resources – July 12, 2017

Enhancing Reflection, Relationships, and Respect

I’m very pleased to let you know about a new video just posted on the NM PreK Video Library. It’s titled Enhancing Reflection, Relationships, and Respect and it illustrates how the NM Pre-K Video-Based Consultation Project has been using video and coaching to support early childhood educators in enhancing relationships, reflection, and respect in their classrooms. Produced by the NM PreK Video-Based Consultation Project in collaboration with Alpha School for Young Children, Inc. in Las Cruces, New Mexico, this project was funded by the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department.https://www.newmexicoprek.org/index.cfm?event=public.prek.Videolibrary&cachefix=8087  

Source: Larry Edelman – June 19, 2017

Webinar - Supreme Court Decision: Recommendations for Administrators and Implications for Developing IEPs

The CEC is happy to announce the recording of their recent webinar, "Supreme Court Decision: Recommendations for Administrators and Implications for Developing IEPs" is available now! As a CEC member and special education professional, we want to make sure that you're aware of what's going on in special education law, and help prepare you for what recent rulings mean for your daily practice. The webinar recording and webinar slides are attached to this post.

If you missed the first webinar in our series discussing the Endrew F. case, you can view the recording here. Information on the case, including amicus curiae briefs, can be found on SCOTUSBlog. The book Dr. Yell referenced during the Q&A portion of the presentation is "Preparing Instructional Objectives:  A Critical Tool in the Development of Effective Instruction," by Robert Mager (published by The Center for Effective Performance). http://community.cec.sped.org/login?ReturnUrl=http%3a%2f%2fcommunity.cec.sped.org%2fviewdocument%2fwebinar-recording-how-the-supreme%3fCommunityKey%3d76229297-5574-45fe-9f79-3719114336a0%26tab%3dlibrarydocuments

The closed captioning transcript for this webinar will be available after it is finished processing. 

Source: CEC – June 2, 2017 (This is a CEC membership benefit)

New Resources on Social-Emotional Development

The Too Small to Fail initiative has released a new white paper, Not Just "Soft Skills": How Young Children’s Learning & Health Benefit from Strong Social-Emotional Development (May 2017), highlighting the research on the importance of children’s social-emotional development (SED) starting at birth. In addition, the initiative has developed new resources on SED to share directly with parents and caregivers around the country. These resources are designed to help parents easily understand the concepts behind SED, and how to apply research-based tips to their everyday lives. They include:

· A series of videos showing that every child behavior - including a seemingly random grocery store meltdown - is actually driven by emotions

· A set of complementary tip sheets to encourage talking, reading, and singing with children in sensitive, loving, and responsive ways. The tip sheets also include helpful ideas for understanding and managing a child's behavior. 

All of the resources are available in Spanish. http://toosmall.org/social-emotional-development-white-paper

Source: ecta-enotes – June 2, 2017

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool 

This 2016 issue recently added to the RWJF Social and Emotional Learning collection (May 2017) examines several evidence-based programs that have effectively promoted social-emotional skills during preschool. The authors reveal that SEL programming during the preschool years can "reduce the school readiness gap and help children become healthy, thriving adults." See full issue here. http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2017/05/promoting-social-and-emotional-learning-in-preschool.html

Source: ecta-enotes – June 2, 2017

Social and Emotional Learning

The Spring 2017 issue of Future of Children, Social and Emotional Learning (Vol. 27, Issue 1), focuses on the "state of the science when it comes to SEL intervention and assessment, while also tackling important policy issues in education. The eight articles are intended to help shed light on how best to support SEL in schools and to explore how SEL in schools might impact important policy questions in education." See also, the accompanying policy brief, Social and Emotional Learning: A Policy Vision for the Future by Clark McKown. www.futureofchildren.org/file/986/download?token=WkE8Dw_D

Source: ecta-enotes – June 2, 2017

Braiding, Blending, and Layering Funding Sources to Increase Access to Quality Preschool

A new technical assistance report, Braiding, Blending, and Layering Funding Sources to Increase Access to Quality Preschool (2017), discusses a number of strategies for braiding, blending or layering various funding sources to provide comprehensive, inclusive early learning programs for young children and their families. It includes interviews with local school district, Head Start, and child care administrators discussing how they are making it work in their programs. https://pdg.grads360.org/#communities/pdc/documents/14113

Source: ecta-enotes – May 19, 2017 

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Toolbox

The recently released Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Toolbox (2017) offers information about the latest research and best practices for IECMHC in infant and early childhood settings. It provides free interactive planning tools, guides, videos, and additional resources to support IECMHC efforts in states, tribes, or communities. A webinar hosted by the Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health May 23rd, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET will introduce early care and education providers to the toolkit. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ets2.12148/full

Source: ecta-enotes – May 15, 2017

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