Early Childhood News Update Pins Good Ideas


Early Childhood News Update is now pinning! For practical ideas to use in classrooms and homes, check out: http://pinterest.com/ECNewsUpdate/boards/. You will find pins related to:

  • Cognition and General Knowledge
  • Language and Literacy
  • Social Emotional Development
  • Physical Development and Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Nutrition for Home Visitors
  • Toddlers
  • Assessment

Using these categories, you will find some great ideas you can share with staff, adminstrators, and parents. If you come across suggestions, please share them!


Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research Analysis and Technical Expertise Project, 2005-2013 | Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation | Administration for Children and Families


The Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research Analysis and Technical Expertise Project is a contract awarded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation to Child Trends. The purpose of this contract is to support the provision of expert consultation, assessment and analysis in child care and early education policy and research to the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), including activities related to: (a) providing expert advice, assistance and consultation in support of the agency’s research priorities and goals; (b) conducting assessment, analyses and summaries of policies, practices and research of relevance to the agency’s mission; (c) conducting studies to inform policy and practice and the development of new research priorities; (d) identifying and refining measures and instruments to improve the collection of data related to program policies and practices, and to program outcomes for families and children; (e) identifying sources of data and conducting statistical analyses on national and other original data-sets to answer questions of relevance to the Agency on child care utilization, child care supply, and the effects of child care and other early childhood policies on parental and child outcomes; (f) providing technical assistance and expertise in the preparation of written materials; and (g) convening experts on early care and education research and policy issues of relevance to the administration of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and other early childhood programs in States, Territories, and Tribes. Products supported through this contract include literature reviews, measures compendia, meeting summaries, briefing papers, webinars, research briefs, and research-to-policy/research-to-practice briefs.

Source: Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/research/project/child-care-and-early-education-policy-and-research-analysis-and-technical

Out-of-Home Care

Resources and information about out-of-home care (also called foster care), including family foster care, kinship care, treatment foster care, and residential and group care. Includes information on working with children and youth in out-of-home care; working with birth families; recruiting, preparing, and supporting resource families (i.e., foster, adoptive, and kinship families); independent living services; placement decisions and stability; and systemwide issues.

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Available at: https://www.childwelfare.gov/outofhome/

A Quick Look: Recent EHS NRC Resources to Assist You in Thinking About School Readiness for Infants and Toddlers – Head Start

This podcast describes and familiarizes viewers with recent web-based Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC) resources designed around school readiness for infants and toddlers. It provides a brief description of both the content of the individual pieces and how to navigate them on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECKLC).

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/Early%20Head%20Start/multimedia/podcasts/AQuickLookRec.htm

Family Engagement in Early Childhood: A Resource Guide for Early Learning Challenge Grant Recipients


In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education invited states to apply for the Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge (RTTT–ELC) to help states’ efforts in supporting young children and their families through the development of more unified early learning systems, better information sharing among educators, and an increase in access to quality early learning and development programs. Part of the RTTT–ELC application also encouraged states to focus more resources on family engagement in early childhood.Harvard Family Research Project has developed this resource guide to support RTTT–ELC grant recipients’ efforts in this area.

Source: Harvard Family Research Project

Available at: http://www.hfrp.org/content/download/4132/110438/file/RTT-ELC-Resource_Guide_011812.pdf 

Be Safe This Holiday Season

The holiday season is here, and there are probably some festive decorations adorning your classroom or home. Take a look around.  Are your decorations safe for children? Below are some things to check for so you can make sure your holiday decorations are child-friendly

Source: Southern Early Childhood Association

Available at: http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=51e185f6f7d229f01c6941446&id=b72109d69b&e=bb26c6e076

What the Research Says: Gender-Typed Toys

The holiday season is a time of year when many families and programs are thinking about new toys. But what makes a good toy for a young child? NAEYC asked one researcher about what her work tells us about toys, children, and play.

Judith Elaine Blakemore is professor of psychology and associate dean of Arts and Sciences for Faculty Development at Indiana University−Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her primary research interest is the development of gender roles.

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children

Available at: http://www.naeyc.org/content/what-research-says-gender-typed-toys

Results Matter Video Series on Early Childhood Assessment

These videos have been produced to help providers better understand ways to use observation, documentation, and assessment to inform practice. You can watch the clips online or download QuickTime versions of the videos for use in educational and professional development activities.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Available at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/resultsmatter/RMVideoSeries.htm#top

Safety Blogs | OnSafety

OnSafety is the Official Blog Site of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Here you’ll find the latest safety information as well as important messages that will keep you and your family safe. We hope you’ll visit often!

Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

Available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/category/safety-blogs/

SAVE THE DATE! On behalf of the Office of Head Start, the Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC) invites you to join our next webcast Home Visiting: Connecting with Families Webcast

On behalf of the Office of Head Start, the Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC) invites you to join our next webcast

Home Visiting: Connecting with Families Webcast

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (EST)

One of the most rewarding yet challenging tasks of an Early Head Start home visitor is engaging families and gaining their trust. View this live webcast on December 13, 2011 to learn tips and strategies for setting and maintaining healthy boundaries with families. The webcast is designed to help you understand the importance of establishing relationships with families in your Early Head Start home-based program.

Topics for the Webcast Will Include:

  • The role of the home visitor
  • Strategies for engaging families during initial home visits and throughout the child’s enrollment
  • Expectations of families and home visitors as the relationship grows
  • Setting personal and professional boundaries with families
  • Using reflective supervision to support staff who are experiencing challenges in home visiting
  • Live Q & A

Who Should Watch?
Early Head Start or Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program directors, managers, and home visitors.

Viewing the Webcast
To view the webcast, please visit the EHS NRC page on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) on December 13, 2011.

You can start sending all questions now to ehswebcast@esi-dc.com.