January 23, 2008
New reports to support your advocacy efforts
HOW STATES USE NAEYC EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM ACCREDITATION IN STATE POLICIES
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has released a new report entitled "Elevating the Field: Using NAEYC Early Childhood Program Accreditation to Support and Reach Higher Quality in Early Childhood Programs". The report highlights strategies that states are using to improve the quality of early childhood programs and, in turn, their early care and education systems, with linkages to NAEYC accreditation of early childhood education programs.
CHARTING PROGRESS FOR BABIES IN CHILD CARE POLICY FRAMEWORK SUMMARY
CLASP worked with ZERO TO THREE to develop a Policy Framework that sets forth four key principles that establish the foundation of supports that all babies and toddlers in child care need, as well as 15 recommendations that state child care licensing, quality, and subsidy policies should address. For a copy, please go here.
NATIONAL GOVERNORS' ASSOCIATION SURVEYS THE SATES ON EARLY LEARNING COUNCILS
The recently enacted reauthorization of Head Start requires states to establish state early learning councils, and they can grandfather an existing council for purposes of the Act. These councils would conduct state needs assessments, develop a statewide professional development plan, and develop unified data collection and other supports for coordination efforts. Many states already have an early learning council of similar entity sometimes called Early Learning Councils, Task Forces, Children’s Cabinets, Interagency Coordinating Councils, etc. The National Governors’ Association recently surveyed states on their councils. A brief description of the survey’s findings is available here.