Friday, April 24, 2009

Recapping the Week of the Young Child

During the Week of the Young Child we featured a range of new publications, reports and webinars:

Week of the Young Child: April 19-25 is the 39th annual Week of the Young Child (WOYC), a time to focus on what young children and their families need to succeed. Post contributed by Judy Langford, Senior Fellow and manager of the Strengthening Families Initiative.

State Policies to Improve Access to High Quality Child Care: CLASP issued a report called "Providing Information on Infant/Toddler Care: Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care, Research-Based Rationale".

How Policymakers Can Use the Stimulus to Support Young Immigrant Children: In another new report by CLASP called "Ten Policies to Improve Access to Quality Child Care for Children in Immigrant Families".

The Stimulus and Young Children: Zero to Three has a series of extremely useful tools to assist policymakers in using Stimulus funding to support young children: 1) Early Care and Education Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; 2) Infants and Toddlers in the American Recovery Act: Planning Tools and Resources for States; and 3) An Interactive Tool.

Successful PreK Initiatives: The National Association of State Boards of Education documents successful PreK efforts nationwide in "Promoting Quality in PreK-Grade 3 Classrooms".

Education and Young Hispanic Children: The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) has issued a new report called "Young Hispanic Children: Boosting Opportunities for Learning".

Preschool Cost Estimator for States: The Preschool Cost Estimator is a user-friendly tool to assess the cost of phasing in access to preschool.

Infants and Toddlers: Budget Choices and Stimulus Options : An audiocast by the Urban Institute is now available: "Infants and Toddlers in State and Federal Budgets: Yesterday's Choices, Today's Decisions, and Tomorrow's Options".

Webinar on How States Can Support an Early Childhood System: On May 6th, Chapin Hall and the Urban Institute are co-hosting "Building Blocks For Kids: Creating Intervention Systems That Support Young Children's Healthy Development".

The Price Tag for PreK-3rd Initiatives: A new policy brief from the Foundation for Child Development, "PreK-3rd: What is the Price Tag?", offers a framework for estimating the costs of PreK-3rd that describes the core elements and the steps to cost out each element based on district needs.

New Report: Investing in Pre-K Pays Large Dividends: And from Anna Lovejoy, consultant and former Program Director for Early Childhood, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, a post about the new Brookings report that looks at the Perry Preschool program and the Abecedarian Project, and predicts significant long-term benefits from public investments in high quality early care and education.

For policies to support early academic success and family economic success, as well as strategies to use the ARRA to support young children and their families.

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