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Resources to Help Children in the Wake of a School Shooting

(2018, February) | Useful to Parent Centers, schools, community members, and families after a school shooting. This resource comes from Child Trends and provides insightful guidance on how to help children after a school shooting or similar traumatic and violent event. Child Trends begins by saying: As adults struggle with their own reactions to the […]

Not Just Soft Skills: How Young Children’s Learning and Health Benefit from Strong Social-Emotional Development

(2017, May) | Useful to: Parents and caregivers seeking to better understand and manage their children’s behavior, and foster a loving and responsive relationship with them. Available in English and Spanish.   The Too Small to Fall Initiative has released a white paper, Not Just “Soft Skills”: How Young Children’s Learning & Health Benefit from Strong Social-Emotional […]

Resources Especially for Child Care Providers and Preschools

Resources updated, June 2017 It’s a wonderful thing, to care for children, help them grow and change and learn, and keep them safe on their way. For those of you who help families and children every day by providing child care to the young ones or working in preschools, the rest of us say a profound […]

Summertime, Summertime!

June 2016 | Useful to Parent Centers in connecting the families they serve with summertime activities and ideas. Looking for suggestions about fun things to do this summer with your children with special needs? Here are three resources to check out! 16 Special Needs-Friendly Tips for Family Car Travel Oh no, don’t say we’re going […]

Reducing Suspension and Expulsion Practices in Early Childhood Settings

(2015) | Useful to Parent Centers in addressing suspension and expulsion practices at the state and local levels. Recent data indicate that expulsions and suspensions happen regularly in preschool settings. This is problematic, given that research indicates that these practices can influence a number of adverse outcomes across development, health, and education. Stark racial and gender […]

Resources for Working with Administrative Data

Research Connections has added a new website section dedicated to Working with Administrative Data. The term “administrative data” refers to information about individual children, families, and/or providers of early care and education and other family benefits that is collected and maintained as part of the operation of government programs. The resources shared were selected from […]

Elevating Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Communications

(Published July 2015) | Useful to Parent Centers in SSIP work and in promoting effective communication for stakeholder engagement. To date, 39 states have implemented quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) to rate and improve child care and early education programs for children birth to age five. The success of a state QRIS depends on […]

Supporting Parent Engagement in Linguistically Diverse Families to Promote Young Children’s Learning: Implications for Early Care and Education Policy

(Published July 2015) | Useful for Parent Centers in advocating for parent engagement strategies that are appropriate for linguistically diverse families with young children. There is wide agreement that early care and education programs should support parent engagement linked to early learning for all families, including families from diverse language and cultural backgrounds. This brief […]

How to Use Implementation Science to Improve Outcomes for Children

(Published 2012) Over the past decade the science related to developing and identifying evidence-based programs and practices for children and families has improved significantly. However, the science related to implementing these programs in early childhood settings has lagged far behind. This article outlines how the science of implementation and the use of evidence-based Active Implementation […]

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