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  • October 24, 2014 8:26 AM | Anonymous

    October is SIDS Awareness Month

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is the unexpected death of a child less than a year old that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation. In many instances of SIDS, a child is thought to be sleeping, but when checked is found dead. SIDS accounts for nearly 4,000 infant deaths every year in the United States alone and is the third leading cause of death in infants aged 1 to 12 months. This October, we urge families, child care providers and other caregivers to spend some time learning about safe sleep practices and ways to reduce the risk of SIDS.

    Visit for more information on SIDS and Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed. To find SIDS awareness materials and learn more about the Safe to Sleep campaign, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year, click here.

    Child care providers can earn continuing education units in safe sleep training to use toward their annual training requirements by enrolling in the Child Care Aware Training Academy. For archived webinars on safe sleep and proper crib regulations, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics' Healthy Child Care America page.

  • October 23, 2014 3:50 PM | Anonymous

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    Date: 10/23/14
    Contact: LDOE Public Affairs, (225) 342-3600, Fax: (225) 342-0193



    Webinar, Statewide Roundtable Discussions and Survey Offer Multiple Opportunities for Public Input

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Department of Education today released a draft of streamlined licensing regulations for early learning centers in Louisiana. For the first time, licensed providers that take public funding will be required to meet a minimum academic standard in addition to health and safety standards. To illustrate these new academic expectations, the Department has also released sample report cards for early childhood programs and community networks.  These report cards will ensure that parents have a clear and simple way to make choices based on how well early childhood programs support children's development and learning in addition to health and safety practices.


    "Connecting an academic expectation to licensing helps ensure that all early childhood programs that take public funding support young children to develop and learn" said  State Superintendent John White.  "For too long there have been inconsistent expectations across the different programs, resulting in children falling through the cracks. Establishing a consistent expectation for how early childhood teachers interact with children and support them to learn will help ensure that our young children and families will have equitable access to safe, high-quality early childhood care and education."


    By linking licensing regulations to the report cards, the Department will unify academic expectations for all publicly-funded early childhood programs that serve children from birth to age five including licensed child care centers, Head Start and school-based PreK. At the same time, these streamlined, family friendly regulations help ensure more consistent health and safety regulations across programs, while also reducing redundant measures and enabling more efficient operations.


    These sample report cards measure the quality of teacher-child interactions in classrooms, which can predict how well a program prepares children for kindergarten. They also include information on teacher preparation and practices, enrollment and family satisfaction. These report cards are being field tested in seven Community Network Pilots in 2014-2015 with the expectation that all publicly-funded programs will participate in a Learning Year for report cards in 2015-2016.


    Starting today, the Department is seeking public input on the licensing regulations and report cards.


    There will be a webinar today to review the streamlined regulations, kicking off a series of interactive roundtable discussions statewide. Following statewide outreach, the new Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council will provide formal recommendations at its next meeting on November 5. The Department then plans to take the streamlined regulations with the kindergarten readiness expectation to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) in December. Approved regulations would likely go into effect in summer 2015.


    Today, the Department will also launch a brief, online survey to collect feedback on the report cards. As the report cards are currently being tested in the field, the Department will continue to solicit extensive feedback prior to bringing a report card policy proposal to BESE in June 2015.


    To view the proposed licensing regulations, please click here. After reviewing the proposal, feedback can be submitted by sending an email to There is also a webinar scheduled for Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. to provide an opportunity to learn more about these shifts and provide feedback.

    • To access the webinar by computer, please click here.
    • Select the option to have the webinar call your phone.
    • Enter your phone number and join.
    • To join the call by phone only, please use the following:
    • Call-in #: 1-800-832-0736
    • Conference Room Number: 9174840


    The roundtable discussions will be hosted by three Early Childhood Care and Education Community Network Pilots, along with the Department. As seating will be limited, please use the following information to select a roundtable to attend and RSVP:

    Lafayette Parish: Tuesday, October 28, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

    • Vermilion Conference Center
    • 326 Gauthier Road
    • Lafayette, LA

    Ouachita Parish: Wednesday, October 29, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    • Children's Coalition Office
    • 1363 Louisville Avenue
    • Monroe, LA

    Jefferson Parish: Thursday, October 30, 10 a.m. - Noon

    • Jefferson Parish Public School System Administrative Building
    • 501 Manhattan Blvd.
    • Harvey, LA

    To RSVP for a roundtable discussion, please click here.


    For more information on Act 868 of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session which transferred licensing authority to the Department of Education from the Department of Children and Family Services, please click here.


    For more information on Early Childhood Care and Education in Louisiana, please click here.

    Louisiana Department of Education Website >>>


    Contact the Louisiana Department of Education >>>

  • August 13, 2014 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    NDTAC Practice Guide on Addressing the Needs of At-Risk Children

    The National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth who are Neglected, Delinquent or At-Risk (NDTAC) developed this practice guide entitled, Early Learning Is Essential: Addressing the Needs of Young Children Potentially at Risk for System Involvement. This guide examines the principle that early learning is essential for children and focuses on helping children avoid involvement in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare systems. Four new practices, along with strategies for their implementation, are suggested in this guide: (1) Conduct Early Identification of Vulnerable Children; (2) Provide Access to Evidence-Based Early Intervention Practices; (3) Promote and Identify Authentic Family/Caregiver Involvement and Collaboration; and (4) Ensure that Vulnerable Young Children Begin School Ready to Succeed. (July 2014)
  • July 25, 2014 12:02 PM | Anonymous


    In its 25th Edition, New KIDS COUNT Data Book Highlights Wins in Child Well-Being Since 1990 Demographic, social and economic shifts since 1990, combined with federal and state policy efforts, have significantly shaped child well-being today, says the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book. Looking back on major trends in child health and development since the year of its first Data Book, the Foundation finds a number of improvements for children. More kids are attending preschool, are proficient academically and are healthier than in 1990. However, the economic recovery for families following the recession continues to be slow, and concerns about inequalities in opportunities for children in low-income families are growing.

  • June 03, 2014 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
    This resource developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) Childhood Traumatic Grief Committee describes how teens may feel when struggling with the death of someone close to them and offers suggestions on what caregivers can do to help. Link to resource.

  • June 03, 2014 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed this free online resource designed for parents of children between the ages of 2 to 4 years old.  This resource addresses common parenting challenges, provides positive parenting skills and techniques that can reduce parenting stress and help parents to handle their child’s misbehavior, and addresses frequently asked questions.  It also includes helpful resources, including parenting videos, free print materials, and additional online resources. (May 2014)

  • February 16, 2014 8:18 PM | Anonymous
    This toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage.
    Included on the website are:
    • Academic Growth Charts
    • Tips for Parents
    • Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferences
    • Information in English and Spanish
    • News Blog
    The site is sponsored by Pearson and produced by NBC News.

    To visit the site, go to: 

  • January 06, 2014 11:30 AM | Anonymous
    Dear Colleagues,

    I wanted to help get the word out about new online modules that are available to providers/practitioners. Bradley Early Childhood Clinical Research Center in collaboration with Bradley Department of Behavior Education (DBE) and the Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health (RIAiMH) developed an online course entitled, “Foundations for Infant/Toddler Social Emotional Health and Development: Provider Modules”.  This course augments work completed by The National Infant and Toddler Child Care Initiative (NITCCI) at ZERO TO THREE, a project of the federal Child Care Bureau. Bradley’s Foundations Course offers high quality professional development for front line providers across various community sectors serving infants, toddlers, and families. Attached is more detailed information about these modules.  If you have any questions you can contact Susan Dickstein at

    Happy New Year

    Jodi Whiteman, M.Ed.

    Director, Center for Training Services and Special Projects


    1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 350

    Washington, DC 20037

    202-857-2634 (direct office line)

    919-426-5271 (cell)

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  • December 17, 2013 1:41 PM | Anonymous


    The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is developing a new assessment tool to measure parents’ perceptions of their strengths and is looking for individuals to help test the technical adequacy and usefulness of the instrument. 

    Information provided by this new tool can be used in designing, implementing and monitoring effective service plans, as well as in evaluating the effectiveness of programs that aim to support parents in building their protective factors.

    In order to field test this new instrument, CSSP needs help in recruiting a minimum of 2,000 parents and other primary caregivers of young children. We need volunteers:

    • Who have at least one child birth to 8 years old
    • Who are fathers, mothers or other primary caregivers
    • From all age groups(teen parents to grandparents who are primary caregivers)
    • From all racial and ethnic/cultural groups
    • From all economic groups
    • From all regions of the country

    Although CSSP cannot offer compensation for completing the survey, volunteers will play a very important part in the development of a new instrument that assesses parents’ perceptions of their strengths, unlike many other instruments that focus on parents’ problems and what they may be doing wrong.




    The survey takes roughly 20 minutes and can be accessed by clicking on or copying and pasting the following link:

    Submissions must be completed by January 5, 2014.

    All information and survey answers are anonymous and will be used for research purposes only.

    Please distribute this message to individuals in your networks and ask them to encourage parents to complete the survey. Also, if you or members of your network meet the eligibility criteria or have family members who do, please complete the survey as well.

    Charlyn Harper Browne, PhD

    Senior Associate and QIC-EC Project Director
    Center for the Study of Social Policy
    1575 Eye Street, NW, Suite 500 
    Washington, D.C. 20005 
    404-456-9624 phone | 770-210-1599 fax


    "Ideas Into Action"

  • December 09, 2013 12:43 PM | Anonymous

    More than 500 state lawmakers from 49 states have signed a letter urging Congressional budget writers to increase federal spending on early childhood education.

    The letter, delivered to Capitol Hill Thursday, urges Congress to prioritize early childhood education to “provide greater access to children in need, and produce better education, health and economic outcomes.” The letter does not call for a specific amount of spending, nor does it suggest a source for the money.

    “We believe that maintaining and expanding high quality early childhood education is an effective and efficient expenditure even when budgets are tight,” the letter states. “We urge you to make these investments in young children a priority in your deliberations.”

    The letter, coordinated by the First Five Years Fund, an early childhood education advocacy group, includes signatures from 437 Democrats, 67 Republicans and one Independent. The lawmakers come from every state but Indiana. According to recent poll, early childhood education is a rare issue that enjoys bipartisan public support.

    President Barack Obama has proposed making high-quality preschool available to every four-year-old. To pay for it, he has suggested increasing the federal tax on cigarettes by 94 cents a pack (from $1.01 to $1.95), which would generate an estimated $78 billion for preschool over 10 years.  Obama has said he is open to alternatives to that approach, which has not attracted much support.

    The Strong Start for America’s Children Act, which is being pushed by Democrats but has a handful of Republican supporters, would create federal-state partnerships to provide prekindergarten to low- and moderate-income children. The measure would send federal money to states to help them pay for prekindergarten for 4-year-olds from families earning below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or $47,100.

     “Increasing federal funding in early childhood education, as proposed in the bipartisan Strong Start for America’s Children Act, is the way to help states and families create opportunities for young children,” said Kris Perry, executive director of the First Five Years Fund. “Such federal investments will support states as they grow their programs, serve more children and families and develop robust early childhood systems which will more than pay for themselves.”

    Supporters of early childhood education point to research that shows it is a good investment. James Heckman, an economist at the University of Chicago, argues that every dollar invested in early childhood education results in a $7 return based on increased school and career achievement and reduced costs in remedial education, health care and the criminal justice system. Critics, such as Grover “Russ” Whitehurst , director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the left-leaning Brookings Institution, argue the evidence is mixed at best.

    Meanwhile, states have forged ahead with a wide variety of policies on early childhood education. A recent reportby the Education Commission of the States  looking at 38 bills from 25 states during the 2013 legislative sessions found that state legislatures this year strengthened oversight of early childhood programs, expanded access to high-quality early childhood programs and redirected funding to early childhood education. Minnesota created a new prekindergarten scholarship program for low-income families and Hawaii and Mississippi established statewide voluntary prekindergarten programs, for example.

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