Parental Depression Resources – Head Start

Maternal depression affects millions of families in communities nationwide. As a response to this urgent public health problem, Project LAUNCH – Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health – has compiled a list of resources for the prevention and early intervention of parental depression. Head Start and Early Head Start health services, family services, and education staff are encouraged to explore this list to find appropriate resources on depression to share with families and partners.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health/Mental%20Health/Resources%20&%20Support%20for%20Families/Parental%20Depression/ParentalDepressi.htm;a2FyaW5k

Section 619 Profile, 18th Edition

The 2011 edition of this publication updates information provided by state coordinators on state policies, programs, and practices under the Preschool Grants Program (Section 619 of Part B) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Information includes: program administration, funding, interagency coordination, personnel, transition, monitoring, use of IEPs/ IFSPs, family-centered services, standards and outcomes, pre-kindergarten programs, initiatives for special populations, and services in least restrictive environments (LRE). The volume also includes a compilation of information on the Section 619 program from other sources: federal and state policies, a bibliography of selected online publications and journal articles related to the implementation of Section 619 published in 2010-2011, contact information for state and jurisdictional program coordinators, and program data from www.ideadata.org.

Source: National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

Available at: http://www.nectac.org/~pdfs/pubs/sec619_2011.pdf

Part C Updates 12th Edition

This publication provides a compilation of resources on the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Section I contains information on Part C program administration, funding appropriations, and trend data related to the numbers of children served, the settings in which children receive services and the status of children exiting Part C from http://www.ideadata.org. Section II contains resources on Part C program implementation, including: federal regulations, states’ Part C rules, regulations, and policies, OSEP policy clarification letters, and a bibliography of selected online publications and journal articles related to the implementation of Part C published in 2010-2011. Section III includes federal and state level Part C program contact information.

Source: National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

Available at: http://www.nectac.org/~pdfs/pubs/partcupdate2011.pdf

Make The First Five Count: White Paper

Easter Seals new report — Our Nation’s Children at Risk: A State-by-State Report on Early Intervention — gives us a sense for how well each state takes care of its youngest children with disabilities and delays. The fact is: infants and toddlers in nearly every state continue to fall behind, many will never catch up. Yet, with the right investment in treatment and therapy before the age of five, we can change the state of early intervention for millions of families across the country.

While there are many choices for families seeking early identification and early intervention services, the federally funded Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C program offers all families services designed to help them facilitate their infant or toddler’s development. It’s a program created to help young children with disabilities or developmental delays catch up with their peers without disabilities, or enhance their development so they can better learn and grow. In October 2011 we celebrated IDEA’s 25th anniversary, yet the legislation has never been fully or adequately funded.

See how your state fares. Help us by sharing the results with your legislators and encourage them to continue to invest in the futures of our youngest children.

Source: Easter Seals

NAEYC Cyber Monday Sale: 50% Off Select Titles | National Association for the Education of Young Children

We’re having an online sale on Cyber Monday, November 28, 2011. From 12:01 a.m. on Monday, November 28 to 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29 you can get 50% off the titles below! The sale is only good for items in stock—once the book is gone the sale is over for that title.

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children

Available at: http://www.naeyc.org/cyber-monday

Literacy Resources from Washington Learning Systems – Video Training for Early Language and Literacy

Use these handouts to support Language is the Key video programs.

After presenting “Talking and Books” or “Talking and Play,”  trainers can provide activities for  take-home handouts.

On-the-Go Resources: Fourteen home and community activities show how to promote language, and early literacy during everyday activities. In English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Somali and Russian

Resources for Infants:   Supporting Literacy in Natural Environments. Free, reproducible language and early literacy activities in English and Spanish

Resources for Preschoolers:  Supporting Literacy in Natural Environments. Free, reproducilbe language and early iteracy activities in English and Spanish

Tuck them into children’s back packs for home activities.

Source: Washington Learning Systems

Available at: http://www.walearning.com/resources/

Emergency Planning Guide for Child-Serving Organizations

This section of the PPN site provides a guide to help child-serving organizations prepare for emergencies. You can use it to:

Learn about promising practices in emergency preparedness planning, such as how to create a plan for communicating with families and others during an emergency, which supplies to assemble and store for emergencies, and what types of practice exercises your organization might want to undertake.

Identify specific steps you can take to prepare and obtain tools you can use to help guide you through preparedness activities.

Source: Promising Practices Network

Available at: http://www.promisingpractices.net/resources/emergencyprep/

Teachers Lounge – NAEYC

Respond to the current Teachers’ Lounge question, suggest a question for a future issue, or look through past questions to and from preschool teachers.

If we publish your question, you will receive a $50 gift certificate to purchase NAEYC resources. If we publish your response, you will receive a $50 gift certificate to Gryphon House. A special thank you to Gryphon House, a publisher of early childhood books and e-books for teachers and parents and the sponsor of this column.

Call 800-638-0928 or visit their website for more information.

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children

Available at: http://www.naeyc.org/tyc/lounge

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library USA: How it works!

In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort to benefit the children of her home county in east Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

So she decided to mail a brand new, age appropriate book each month to every child under 5 in Sevier County. With the arrival of every child’s first book, the classic The Little Engine That Could ™, every child could now experience the joy of finding their very own book in their mail box. These moments continue each month until the child turns 5—and in their very last month in the program they receive Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.

Needless to say the experience has been a smashing success. So much so that many other communities clamored to provide the Imagination Library to their children. Dolly thought long and hard about it and decided her Foundation should develop a way for other communities to participate. The Foundation asked a blue ribbon panel of experts to select just the right books and secured Penguin Group USA to be the exclusive publisher for the Imagination Library. Moreover a database was built to keep track of the information.

Consequently, in March of 2000 she stood at the podium of The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and revealed the plan for other communities to provide the Imagination Library to their children. And as only Dolly can say it, she wanted to “put her money where her mouth is – and with such a big mouth that’s a pretty large sum of money” and provide the books herself to the children of Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – communities where her businesses now operate. If other leaders in their communities were willing to do the same, well something big might just happen.

You know what? It did!!

Source: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library USA

Available at: http://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/howworks.php

Department of Education Information Collection System (EDICS)

Welcome to the U.S. Department of Education Information Collection System. Here, you will be able to access the information collection document sets of all OMB approved collection efforts, as well as those collections waiting for OMB approval (pending). The following is a list of information collection document sets (referred to as Collection Packages hereafter). The Collection Packages are grouped by whether or not they have been approved.

Source: Department of Education Information Collection System (EDICS).

Available at: http://edicsweb.ed.gov