Early Care and Education Legislation Database
A searchable database from the National Conference of State Legislatures tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2013 legislative sessions for 50 states and the territories. see database
Early Learning Challenge Grant: Implications for Future Work of the ECAC
A PowerPoint presentation by
Bob Frawley and Sherry Cleary,
Co-Chairs Early Childhood Advisory Council.
November 18th, 2011. download presentation
Putting the Pieces Together, New York Early Learning Program Data Systems
A report to the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council. February 2011. view report
Building and Using Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems: A Framework for States
A white paper from The Early Childhood Data Collaborative that makes the case for why states should build longitudinal data systems for early care and education, describes the ten fundamentals of a coordinated system with state examples, and provides guidance on how to ensure appropriate access to data, which includes building the capacity for stakeholders to use the data for continuous improvement.
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Getting Started: 10 Fundamentals of Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems
A brochure from The Early Childhood Data Collaborative that highlights the importance of coordinated and longitudinal data systems and what states can do to start building them to inform continuous improvement in early care and education. download brochure
Many Missing Pieces, The Difficult Task of Linking Early Childhood Data and School- Based Data Systems
Issue brief from the Early Education Initiative, sheds light on what's missing as states build data systems to analyze children's progress over time. October 2010.
A Recommendation for a First Step Toward Better Pre-K and K Data
Early Ed Watch (November 19, 2012) By Alex Holt & Lisa Guernsey - Currently, it is impossible to know how many children are enrolled in publicly funded pre-K within the boundaries of any given district. This is a serious impediment, not just for local superintendents and principals who are in the dark about the educational backgrounds of their schools’ incoming kindergarteners, but also for policymakers, who can’t effectively discuss issues of equity and access without good data to make comparisons. -see story
Chilling Brain Scans Show the Impact of a Mother's Love on a Child's Brain Size
A shocking comparison of brain scans from two three-year-old children reveals new evidence of the remarkable impact a mother's love has on a child's brain development.
Medical Daily (October 29, 2012) By Christine Hsu - The chilling images reveal that the left brain, which belongs to a normal 3-year-old, is significantly larger and contains fewer spots and dark "fuzzy" areas than the right brain, which belongs to that of a 3-year-old who has suffered extreme neglect. -see story
Addressing Dental Disease in Early Childhood Programs
A PowerPoint presentation by SCAA, the NYS Oral Health Coalition, and the NYS DOH Bureau of Dental Health. A dental health resource for early care and learning professionals. Helpful information about how to spot and refer dental problems in young children. A must-see for all providers and parents.
Pre-K - 3rd: What is the Price Tag?
The Foundation for Child Development
has a series of Policy to Action briefs on its website,
estimating the national and state-by-state costs of PreK-3rd approaches.
State Indicators for Early Childhood - Short Take No. 7
Project THRIVE Short Takes, a public policy analysis
and education initiative for infants and
young children at the National Center for
Children in Poverty (NCCP), released Short Take No. 7, State Indicators for Early Childhood which reviews the characteristics of good indicators for State Early Childhood Comprehensive System Initiatives.
Comparison of Financial Incentives in State's Quality Improvement and Rating Systems
Table created by Kristen Kerr and Anne Mitchell, Early Childhood Policy Research. The information in this table was collected in November and December 2006 from publicly available websites.
Teacher Certification Position Statement
The New York State Association for the Education of Young Children
(NYSAEYC) Higher Education Committee, in conjunction with the
New York State Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators
(NYSAECTE) and New York State Associate Degree Early Childhood
Educators (ACCESS) have prepared this position statement
to continue to support and promote Early Childhood Education
(Birth – Grade 2) teacher certification.
certification position statement
The High/Scope Perry Preschool Study Through
The long-term High/Scope Perry Preschool Study Through
Age 40 traces the lives through age 40 of three-and
four-year old children who received high quality child care and
early education in Michigan during the 1960's. It confirms what
government programs can achieve; that children living in low-income
families who have access to high quality preschool programs have
higher achievement scores, lower drop-out and arrest rates,and
higher incomes. download
Early Childhood Education: How Important are the Cost-Savings
to the School System?
A February 2004 cost-benefit analysis by economist Dr. Clive R.
Belfield, of Teachers College, Columbia University. The report
describes the medium-term benefits or cost-savings from Early
Childhood Education in: reducing the incidence of special education;
preventing grade repetition; improving educational productivity;
and enhancing children's well-being. It also estimates the medium-term
cost-savings to the state from investment in Early Childhood Education