Prenatal Brain Development: Nurturing Babies in a Healthy Environment Webcast

Brain development starts at conception. The mother and fathers emotional and physical well-being is critical for a baby’s healthy brain. In work with expectant families, Early Head Start staff have an incredible opportunity to influence brain development at a crucial time. This plenary describes the foundational growth and development of the prenatal brain, the value of early intervention, and offers insight in the many factors that impact long-term health and learning.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center and the Early Head Start National Resource Center

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Supporting Babies and Families at Home: MIECHV Early Head Start Home-Based Model Orientation


The essential elements of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) model are discussed in this webcast. States that have funded the Early Head Start (EHS) home-based model, and those programs that are expanding their EHS services through MIECHV funding from the state may find this information helpful in running their programs.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

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Preschool for All Town Hall

Friday, July 19th, 2013 at 12:45 pm (MDT) in Denver and Live Via the Internet

Please join U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan (in person or live via the internet) for a town hall on the President’s Preschool for All initiative, hosted by Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. The town hall will be held Friday, July 19th at 12:45 pm (MDT) in the Administration Building facing Martin Luther King Blvd. at the Clayton Early Learning Campus, 3801 Martin Luther King Blvd in Denver, CO.

President Obama has proposed an unprecedented, far-reaching investment in America’s youngest children.  This birth-to-five initiative includes  $75 billion over ten years, nationally, in federal-state partnerships to provide high-quality, preschool for all four-year-olds whose families are economically at (or below) 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The proposal also seeks to boost the quality and supply of federally subsidized child care for infants and toddlers, as well as expand a voluntary home visiting program to help parents create environments for their children to develop and learn.

The purpose of the town hall is to give local educators, parents, business leaders and other stakeholders in early learning a chance to hear directly from the Secretary and local leaders about this policy while it is still being formed and provide input.

For those not able to attend the Secretary’s Town Hall in person, the session will be broadcast in listen only mode via Adobe Connect at 12:45 pm MDT: .

Questions and comments in response to the Town Hall can be sent to U.S. Dept. of Education Rocky Mountain Communications

Please include your name, organization and contact information in your email.  

To test your computer access please click here.

Link to a description of the President’s plan and other resources:

Space is limited for the in-person event in Denver. Please RSVP to Contact  if you have any questions.

Virtual Baby Rally » Learning Happens From The Start

The date for The Virtual Baby Rally will be:
July 8, 2013, 2:00 – 2:30PM (EST)

Event Host:
Soledad O’Brien, Award winning journalist and CEO of Starfish Media Group

Featured Guests:
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Department of Education

Jennifer Garner, Actor and Save the Children Artist Ambassador

Alma Powell, Chair of the Board at America’s Promise Alliance

Laurie Berkner, Children’s Musician

ZERO TO THREE, with more than a dozen co-sponsoring organizations, is hosting Rally4Babies: Learning Happens Right from the Start to rally Americans around early learning policies that focus specifically on babies and toddlers.

The virtual baby rally will be streamed live on YouTube using Google+ Hangouts on Air, and will feature prominent speakers in a live program about why we need our early learning policies to begin at birth. You can participate in the rally from wherever you are by accessing YouTube. The recording of the Virtual Baby Rally will be available after the live event for people who could not participate live. Check this page often for updates!

Source: Rally for Babies

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Investing in our Future: The Impact of Federal Budget Decisions on Children – Hearing Schedule – Hearings – U.S. Senate Budget Committee

Jun 26 2013
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Investing in our Future: The Impact of Federal Budget Decisions on Children


Bruce Lesley
First Focus

Margaret Nimmo Crowe
Interim Executive Director
Voices for Virginia’s Children

Shavon Collier and Sakhia Whitehead
Parent and Student, age 10
Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, Inc.

David Muhlhausen, PhD
Research Fellow in Empirical Policy Analysis
The Heritage Foundation

Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst, PhD
Director, Brown Center on Education Policy
The Brookings Institution

Archived Webcast

Source: U.S. Senate, Committee on the Budget

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Highlights for Teaching Children Who Are Dual Language Learners DLLs – Head Start

This resource highlights strategies discussed in the Head Start Science Teachers Guide that teaching teams may use to help children learn their home language in addition to English. Teachers are encouraged to focus on language and literacy skills as integral to the exploration of science topics in the natural world. Specific suggestions from the Guide provide evidence-based practices that are effective for working with dual language learners in Head Start programs.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

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Webcast: Engaging Teen Parents: Lessons From Teens About What Works for Them – save the date!

This webcast, produced by the Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC), will air Thursday, April 26, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT. Teen parents will speak about their engagement in Early Head Start programs. Faculty, including program directors, will examine the joys and challenges of working with teens, and share strategies to support them. Look for registration information via email and the EHS NRC and ECLKC websites soon.

Do you have specific questions about serving teen parents? If so, we would like to use them to guide the webcast development. Please email your questions to Amanda Perez at by April 15.

Source: Early Head Start National Resource Center

Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes Joins Secretaries Duncan and Sebelius to Host White House Early Learning Event

On Friday, December 16, 2011, the White House, in collaboration with the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, will host an early learning event at the White House.  The event will feature Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

This event will be streamed lived online at


  • Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes
  • Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Sebelius

WHAT:           White House Early Learning Event

WHEN:           Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM EST

Source: Early Learning Initiative

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

“Implementing Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Settings”

On Thursday, November 17, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the RTI Action Network debued its newest RTI National Online Forum, “Implementing Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Settings: National, State, and Program Perspectives.”

This 80-minute webcast features a stimulating conversation with key experts on  the role RTI can play in child development through high quality instruction and targeted interventions matched to children’s learning needs.

Forum Description:  As educators across the country move toward implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) in early childhood settings, they face many questions about the steps they should take to ensure effective implementation. In this webinar, four nationally recognized experts  in RTI provide sound guidance on establishing multi-tiered systems of support for young children, with an overview of the essential components of RTI, new instructional strategies, policy considerations, emerging approaches to measurement and the supports needed for success.

Source: RTI National Action Network

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