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(2017, January) | Useful to Parent Centers, states, and counties involved with students in foster care. This toolkit for ESSA implementation is a product of the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education. The toolkit is a series of adaptable tools and resources for states and counties in supporting the school stability and success of students in […]

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 […]

(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 […]

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 […]

(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 […]

(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 […]

(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 […]

(Published 2014) One of the biggest challenges parents face is managing difficult or defiant behavior on the part of children. Whether they’re refusing to put on their shoes, or throwing full-blown tantrums, parents can find themselves at a loss for an effective way to respond. Behavioral therapy techniques can provide a roadmap to calmer, more […]

On December 10, 2014, Secretaries Burwell (HHS) and Duncan (DOE) announced the release of a policy statement on expulsion and suspension practices in early learning settings. Exclusionary discipline practices occur at high rates in early learning settings, and at even higher rates for young boys of color. As part of this commitment, HHS will dedicate […]

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 […]