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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

This eUpdate is a service of the KITS Project.  KITS is a program of the University of Kansas supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  

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