Are You an Early Childhood Special Educator? Invitation to join dissertation study on staff health and wellness

Study Purpose: The purpose of this study is to enhance our understanding of wellbeing of early childhood special education teachers and their experiences in the field as well as your profile on certain positive psychology variables (e.g., wellbeing, mental health, and workplace satisfaction). 

Who can participate?
If you: 

  • Are an early childhood special education teacher serving children 3 years to 8 years old 
  • Hold a special education and early childhood licensure from one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia
  • Teach in early childhood special education in preschool settings (push in our pull out/ public and non-public setting

You can participate! 

Why should I participate?
By participating, you have the opportunity to share your experience. You will help people better understand early childhood special education teacher’s wellbeing. 

What can I expect if I participate?
There are two parts to this study: 

  1. Survey: A 20-minute survey will ask about (1) demographic information (2) individual profile on teacher and general well-being scales and then a career wellbeing scale and (3) profile of mental health symptoms (depression and anxiety inventories) 
  2. Interview: If chosen a one-hour interview will be conducted at a place of your choice.

 The consent form will provide you with more information about what to expect. 

Consent & Confidentiality:
Participation is voluntary, and you will complete a consent form. Consent can be withdrawn at any time without penalty. All information obtained is strictly confidential. Please see the consent form for additional information about risks to confidentiality. 

About the researcher:
Heather Walter is a doctoral student in special education at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is interested in learning about early childhood special education teacher’s wellbeing. The dissertation is titled: Exploring early childhood education teacher’s wellbeing through a multidimensional framework: A Mixed Methods Study.

For additional information contact: Heather Walter: or (585) 451-6043 

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: Survey and New Web page from ACF


We have created a survey to capture your questions, concerns and perspectives on relevant federal public policy priorities. Please take a moment to respond to the survey ­­­We ask that you complete the survey by COB Monday, February 17th. This is a quick turn around, but we wanted to survey the field to ensure your voices are heard and the various needs of the child care community are fully represented during this process.

Additionally, the Administration for Children and Families has released a new web page focusing specifically on the Early Head Start-Child Care partnerships.

Make sure you check out the release below:

ACF Releases Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Web Page

As part of President Obama’s Early Education Plan, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will support States and communities in expanding high-quality early learning to infants and toddlers through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships. Through these partnerships, Early Head Start (EHS) grantees will partner with center-based and family child care providers who agree to meet EHS Program Performance Standards and to provide comprehensive, full-day, full-year, high-quality services to infants and toddlers from low-income families.

ACF has launched an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Web page. The launch includes the following resources:

· Read an overview of the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Initiative (PowerPoint).
· Learn more about the President’s Early Learning Initiative.
· Learn how to apply for ACF grants.
· Explore resources to develop successful partnerships between EHS grantees and family child care providers.

Please continue to check back with this site regularly, as ACF will update this page with new resources as they are developed.

The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Web page is now published:

CSSP Early Childhood Community Survey

Complete by 7/22/2013

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is conducting a national search for comprehensive, integrated, multi-sector initiatives focused on improving outcomes for a population of young children and families who reside in a defined, local geographic area (i.e., neighborhood, city, or county). Of specific interest are initiatives that promote optimal health and well-being of families with children from the prenatal period through eight years of age.

The purpose of this search is twofold: (1) to identify and “map” the current landscape of exemplary and promising community-focused, early childhood initiatives; and (2) to begin to build learning and networking opportunities across interested initiatives and other key partners. This project is led by the Early Childhood – Linking Innovation Network for Communities (EC-LINC) at CSSP.

All information provided about individual programs will be kept confidential unless we receive your permission to share it.

Thank you so much for your help!

Source: Center for the Study of Social Policy

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Education Week: Survey: Parents Want School Choice, Free Pre-K


If the folks responding to a new survey—most of them Memphis residents—get what they want in the merged city-county district, school choice will be a given, pre-kindergarten will be free and schools themselves will be hubs of social services, including medical clinics and job training.

Early results in a survey being done by Stand for Children—a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that seeks to build grassroots support for public education—also show overwhelming support (94.4 percent) for distributing the best teachers and principals equitably among all schools, modest interest in establishing more charter schools (43 percent) and strong regard for racially integrating the schools (67.3 percent).

Source: Education Week

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