Diversity and Inclusion in Early Care and Education

Sixty-two percent of the nation’s children are expected to be of a “minority” ethnicity by 2050. This white paper examines how our changing demographics call for a greater tolerance and understanding of varying cultural and ethnic background and looks at best practices currently in place across the country. From the Council of Professional Recognition, which oversees the credentialling of Child Development Associates (CDA).

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Family Capacity-Building in Early Childhood Intervention: Do Context and Setting Matter?

This study, appearing in School Community Journal, investigated the effects of early intervention settings on the extent of parent involvement in IDEA Part C Infant and Toddler Programs. Results showed that provision of early intervention entirely or partially outside a family’s home were associated with minimal parent involvement. More than 50% of the parents, regardless of setting or context, were not involved in their children’s early intervention in a manner consistent with the IDEA Part C family capacity-building provision. The need for better preparation of early intervention practitioners is described.

To read the full text of the study, go to ERIC, at:

Harnessing Data for Common Core Success

There is broad agreement among education leaders that collecting and analyzing student performance data, and using this information to target instruction more effectively, will be critical in making sure that all students can meet rigorous new standards.

Putting data to work in support of the Common Core isn’t easy. Use this collection of stories and other resources to help you with this important task.

Jump-Start Your State’s SSIP

Three transition/postsecondary centers have combined expertise to create this 2-pager of strategies and tools to help states and their stakeholder groups:

  • analyze secondary transition-related data;
  • identify areas for focused improvement;
  • develop a plan to address the needs identified; and
  • include evaluation strategies in the SSIP.

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Using Data to Support Family Progress

This resource, part of the Measuring What Matters series, describes how Head Start and Early Head Start programs can use data to engage families and support each family’s progress toward the seven family outcomes of the parent-family-community engagement framework. Two helpful approaches for using family-related data are described. Available in English and in Spanish. From the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement.