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Theme: Preventing Suspension and Expulsion in Early Childhood Settings

Welcome to the September 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). This month’s Buzz focuses on resources related to the many guidances and letters being released by the U.S. Department of Education: behavior, homelessness, how to prevent young children from being suspended or expelled from early childhood settings.

All our best to you, as always,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Nolan, and Myriam

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New Resources in the Hub on Homelessness

Here are recent additions to the Hub library, both of which pertain to assisting and serving children and families who are experiencing homelessness.

Non-Regulatory Guidance: Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program.
The U.S. Department has issued this guidance to provide states and LEAs with information to assist them in meeting their obligations to address the needs of homeless individuals and ensure educational rights and protections for homeless children and youth under the McKinney-Vento Act and under ESSA. The guidance is accompanied by a fact sheet called Supporting the Success of Homeless Children and Youths: A Fact Sheet and Tips.

Webinar | Supporting Young Children Who Are Experiencing Homelessness.
This 2016 webinar profiles the impacts on young children and families experiencing homelessness, highlights relevant laws and federal programs, and identifies strategies that have been effective in supporting the unique needs of young children and families who find themselves homeless. From the link above, you can listen to the webinar, download a PDF of the webinar slides, and download a PDF of the a summary of the webinar’s content.

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Spotlight on…Preventing Suspension and Expulsion in Early Childhood Settings

Recent data indicate that expulsions and suspensions regularly occur in preschool settings. These practices warrant immediate attention from the early childhood and education fields.

What the Feds have to say.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Education jointly issued a policy statement on expulsion and suspension policies in early childhood settings. Visit the link above to read the statement, listen to the webinar series on the subject, find out what states are doing to reduce these practices, and locate your state and regional contacts in early childhood development.

Visit ECTA’s resource-loaded page.
Connect with a spectrum of resources on reducing suspension and expulsion in early childhood settings, including many more tools from the Feds.

What is the Pyramid Model? | Video
This 11-minute video will give you an overview of the Pyramid Model for Promoting the Social-Emotional Competence of Infants and Young Children, which is a framework of evidence-based early childhood teaching practices that promote social and emotional skills of all children, aim to prevent challenging behavior of children at risk of challenging behavior, and guide individualized interventions for children with persistent challenging behavior. Much more information is also available on the model from the Pyramid Model Consortium.

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Resources You Can Share with Families

Here are several resources you can share with the families you serve.

Managing Diabetes at School Playbook | In English and Spanish.
Getting back into the routine of school takes a little more preparation for kids with diabetes, but it pays off over and over as the weeks and months go by. And since kids spend nearly half their waking hours in school, reliable diabetes care during the school day really matters. From the CDC.

Sickle Cell materials in Spanish and French.
The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities recently translated key sickle cell fact sheets into Spanish and French. Topics include getting screened, supporting students with sickle cell disease, tips for preventing infection, and more.

Answering Frequently Asked Questions about Adapted Physical Education.
This useful guidance document developed by SHAPE America includes great information and answers to common questions about providing physical education services for students with disabilities.

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Resources Just for Parent Centers

The work that Parent Centers do covers so many topics, it’s mind-boggling. How do you keep up with such a broad range of priorities? Here are several resources you can use on topics of continuing importance.

Trauma-Informed Approach and Trauma-Specific Interventions.
SAMHSA’s 6 key principles of a trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions address trauma’s consequences and facilitate healing.

CCSSO Guide for Stakeholder Engagement in ESSA.
CCSSO has released a stakeholder engagement guide, Let’s Get this Conversation Started, to help states engage with stakeholders to develop and implement their ESSA plans. Parent Centers can use this guide to partner with their state education agencies in ensuring that the voices of parents, especially parents of students with disabilities, are included in the important decisions that states make about the implementation of ESSA.

Writing a fund-raising email? Focus on these 3 things.
People receive hundreds of emails each day, and they don’t feel obligated to open your fundraising messages. As you craft your campaign think about what will make someone stop and read an email rather than delete it. Focus on 3 elements to get a donor inside your email.

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Logo of the Center for Center for Parent Information and ResourcesThe CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at lkupper@fhi360.org to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR’s listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Myriam, Lisa, and Nolan
The CPIR Team

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