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									February 2009 Early Childhood Resource Packet
Within this month’s resource packet you will find 2 attachments and 9 web based

Attachments include:
    January Crosswalks Care Package which includes 4 Content Resources
      and 3 Instructional Resources
    A Save the Date flyer for a Medical Home Implementation Teleconference
      Series beginning in March

Web based resources include:
   Link to an early childhood conference
   A report on the benefits of content-rich curriculum
   2 reports on the impact of early childhood programs
   A report on the influence of culture on early childhood programs
   NAEYC position paper on DAP
   A paper on the addressing social/emotional problems early
   Parent training modules from CSEFEL
   Parent materials on early literacy in Somali

1. Western Regional Early Intervention Conference
April 23-25 in Colorado Springs

This conference is designed to support professionals working with children
newborn to five years of age, who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually
impaired and deaf-blind and their families. A session on the Teaching Pyramid
will be presented at this conference. To learn more about the conference go to:

2. New Report Discusses Benefits of Content-Rich Preschool Curriculum

A recent report from the Albert Shanker Institute discusses the benefits of
aligning preschool curriculum with new research about how children learn in the
academic areas of oral language, pre-literacy, mathematics, and science. It
provides guidance on developmentally appropriate accomplishments for pre-k
children, effective instructional practices, components of a strong curriculum, and
working with English language learners. To view the full report go to
3. New Report on the Impact of Early Childhood Programs
Source: Brookings Institute and First Focus – September 15, 2008

The Brookings Institute and First Focus have published a new report entitled
Impacts of Early Childhood Programs, which provides up-to-date evidence on the
effectiveness of several early childhood programs and their impact on children
and families. It includes a series of concise summary briefs for policy-makers on
State Pre-K, Early Head Start, Head Start, Model Early Childhood Programs, and
the Nurse Family Partnership. It is available at

4. New Policy Brief on Linking Early Learning and the Early Grades –
Lessons from the SPARK Initiative
Source: Education Commission of the States – January 28, 2009

The Education Commission of the States has published a new policy brief
entitled, While no one was looking – Community-based solutions to linking
Early learning and the early grades: Implications for state policy. Lessons from
the SPARK Initiative (2009), by Mimi Howard. SPARK (Supporting Partnerships
to Assure Ready Kids) is a five-year initiative funded by the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation, which works to improve child outcomes by creating more continuity
across early childhood and K-12 education. The report is available online at

5. The Changing Face of the United States: The Influence of Culture on
Early Child Development

The cultural beliefs, values, and behaviors within a family all have an impact on
early child development. A new report The Changing Face of the United States:
The Influence of Culture on Early Child Development is an important review of
the issue and a summary of the latest research dealing with the impact of culture
on early childhood services. This research summary was made possible through
generous funding by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Bernard van Leer
Download at

6. 2009 NAEYC Position Statement on Developmentally Appropriate
Practice Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children -
February 13, 2009
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has
released its 2009 Position Statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice
for teachers and others in the field of early childhood education. To learn more
and to access the position statement, go to:

7. Working Paper Examines Importance of Addressing Serious Emotional
and Behavioral Problems Early

A new working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing
Child, entitled Mental Health Problems in Early Childhood Can Impair Learning
and Behavior for Life, reviews recent evidence on the potentially serious
consequences of significant mental health problems in young children and
examines the importance of addressing emerging emotional and behavioral
problems early. It is available online at http://www.developingchild.net/pubs/wp-

8. Parent Training Modules on How to Promote Children’s Social and
Emotional Skills
Source: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning –
February 12, 2009

(CSEFEL) has created Parent Training Modules which provide information for
families on promoting children’s social and emotional skills, understanding their
problem behaviors, and using positive approaches to help them learn appropriate
behaviors. The modules are available online at

9. “On the Go” Early Literacy Materials Now Available in Somali
Source: Washington Learning Systems – January 27, 2009

Washington Learning Systems has posted a Somali version of its free parent-
child early literacy activities entitled “On the Go”. These activities can be used
outside the home (in the car, while walking, during bus rides) with children from
birth through preschool. They were developed with support from the U.S.
Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and are
appropriate for children with disabilities, as well as children who are developing
typically. They are available online at http://www.walearning.com/Otg.html

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