Policy/Trends

Updated October 30, 2014

The following websites offer information, research and/or newsletters on the latest issues related to early education and childcare for children birth to age 21 years.

A Day Without Child Care Content includes Video External website will open in new window This 10 minute video produced by the Humboldt County Local Child Care Planning Council uses a humorous approach to show the impact of budget cuts to child care on the entire community.

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) External website will open in new window is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Association of University Centers on Disabilities External website will open in new window The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (formerly the American Association of University Affiliated Programs for Persons with Developmental Disabilities) is a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports the national network of university centers on disabilities, which includes University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD), Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Programs, and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (DDRC).

There are currently two UCEDDs in California: Tarjan Center for Developmental Disabilities, University of California, Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, Los Angeles, and the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Childrens Hospital, Los Angeles.

Birth to Five Policy Alliance External website will open in new window is a national website that tracks state and national policies, provides tools for policy makers, business leaders, parents and family members and promotes innovative and successful policy ideas that support families in their parenting roles and ensure positive early childhood development and learning opportunities for at risk infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families.

California Childcare Resource and Referral Network External website will open in new window
The Network is proud to be celebrating our 30th year helping all families in California to have access to information that enables them to make the best child care choices from an array of high quality, affordable options.

California Department of Developmental Disabilities External website will open in new window
The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities External website will open in new window.

These disabilities include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers External website will open in new window and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers. The regional centers External website will open in new window serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

California Index of Child and Youth Well Being External website will open in new window
An index of child well-being is a summary measure of the status of children that provides insight into how child well-being has evolved over time. The index is constructed by aggregating results from a set of specific indicators of children's status. For decades, indices have been instrumental in monitoring economic trends (e.g., the Dow Jones Average, the Consumer Price Index). More recently, indices that measure quality of life have been developed, including by Duke professor Kenneth Land and associates, who created the national Child Youth and Well-Being Index (CWI) External website will open in new window to track changes in some 28 indicators in the quality of life for U.S. children.

Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University External website will open in new window

  • Brain Hero External website will open in new window
    In 2009, the Center launched a collaboration with the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California to develop and test new ways of communicating the science of early childhood development using interactive media. The "Brain Hero" video, depicting how actions by a range of people in the family and community impact child development, is the first product of this collaboration. This 3-minute video adapts the visual sensibility of interactive game models to a video format.
  • Interactive Features: Key Concepts in the science of early childhood development made simple External website will open in new window
    These Web-based interactive features describe and explain key concepts in the science of early childhood development and early childhood program evaluation research. Using an easy-to-follow slideshow format, these features illustrate core scientific concepts as how early experiences shape brain architecture, the importance of early childhood to the learning, behavior, and health of later life, as well as the relevance of program evaluation research to policy decisions.

CLASP's Child Care and Early Education External website will open in new window work is dedicated to promoting policies that support both child development and the needs of low-income working parents. CLASP conducts policy analysis, research, and technical assistance to expand access to and resources for highquality, comprehensive child care and early education; build effective child care and early education systems including child care subsidies External website will open in new window, Head Start External website will open in new window, pre-kindergarten External website will open in new window and other early education initiatives; and ensure these systems can be responsive to the developmental needs of all children, in particular infants and toddlers External website will open in new window and children in immigrant families External website will open in new window. CLASP's child care and early education work highlights state-by-state data External website will open in new window where available.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities External website will open in new window The consortium is a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.

The Council for Exceptional Children External website will open in new window (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically under served individuals with exceptionalities, and provides resources for professionals, parents, and caregivers.

Disability Scoop External website will open in new window is an on-line resource that provides reliable, recent and relevant information concerning individuals with disabilities. Topics covered include disability policy, heath, lifestyles, funding and education.

Division for Early Childhood (DEC) External website will open in new window The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is one of 17 divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) - the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. DEC is especially for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families.

“Early Education in the News,” External website will open in new window a weekly newsletter with articles on the latest research, legislation, policy issues and job postings in early childhood is offered by this organization.

For Our Babies External website will open in new window
For Our Babies is a national movement promoting healthy development in U.S. children from conception to age 3. They advocate for the types of environments, experiences, and relationships that infants and toddlers need in order to thrive. Visit the website to see how you can get involved.

  • For Out Babies: The Social Womb (Length: 06:36)
    Written and narrat ced by J. Ronald Lally, this 6-minute animation depicts why young brains need continuing nurturance, protection and enrichment once a child is born - a setting where the growing brain can flourish. He describes the development of a "social womb" similar in function to the nurturance a fetus receives while in the womb. It provides concise and engaging rationale for important policy recommendations.

Future of Children External website will open in new window disseminates timely information on major issues related to children’s well-being and provides articles and scholarly research.

IDEA-Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 External website will open in new window
This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006. It is a "living" website and will change and grow as resources and information become available. When fully implemented, the site will provide searchable versions of IDEA and the regulations, access to cross-referenced content from other laws (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), etc.), video clips on selected topics, topic briefs on selected regulations, links to OSEP's Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network and a Q&A Corner where you can submit questions, and a variety of other information sources. As items are completed and added to this site, we invite you to grow and learn with us as we implement these regulations.

  • Part C (birth - 2 years old) External website will open in new window
    Site includes:
    • Final Regulations in the Federal Register
    • OSERS Assistant Secretary Alexa Posny's remarks – YouTube video
    • Link to November 16th training
    • Model IFSP

IDEA Infant Toddlers Coordinators Association External website will open in new window
We are your online link to the resources that are helping to improve the lives of infants and toddlers with special needs.

Importance of Quality Child Care Content includes Video External website will open in new window New research shows that children who spend the first two years of their life watching more television than engaging with books, toys and people are more likely to have long-term effects including delayed language skills and a brain that's not wired for learning and development. TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager reports.

Infant Development Association (IDA) External website will open in new window is a multidisciplinary organization of parents and professionals committed to ensuring optimal developmental outcomes for infants with special needs and their families. The organization brings together professionals from the public and private sector to work collaboratively across disciplines to encourage Best Practices in the field of Early Intervention.

The public policy committee keeps the organization informed about and involved in the public policies and analyzes pressing policy issues related to laws and regulations, communicates key findings and program performance results, and makes recommendations to the organization for appropriate actions in the form of strategies to ensure quality outcomes.

Kidsdata.org External website will open in new window offers more than 300 indicators on the health and well being of children in communities across California. The website, launched in 2004, is a project of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health External website will open in new window. In 2005 and 2006, kidsdata.org was nominated as one of five finalists for a Webby Award External website will open in new window -- the leading award for websites -- in the Family/Parenting category. Kidsdata.org also won a silver medal from the Council on Foundation's 2006 Wilmer Shields Rich Awards Program for Excellence in Communications.

National Association for the Education of Young Children External website will open in new window (Public Policy) promotes national, state and local public policies that support a system of well-financed, high quality early childhood education programs in a range of settings, including child care centers, family child care homes, and schools.

National Institute on Out-of-School Time External website will open in new window (NOIST) is involved in development, training, research and publications related to high quality programs, opportunities, and activities for all children during non school hours.

Patricia E Bauer External website will open in new window
More than 50 million people in the United States have disabilities, a number that is growing rapidly as the population ages. Experts say disability will soon affect the lives of most Americans. This website attempts to aggregate news and commentary about disability, and to document the efforts of people who are seeking new ways to address familiar challenges.

Plan4Preschool External website will open in new window offers a digital library for preschool planning in California.

Promising Practices Network on Children Families and Communities External website will open in new window
Sometimes referred to as a "best practices" site or a "model program" site, PPN is both of those things and much more. In addition to providing information on Programs that Work, PPN also links to additional research information in all areas related to child well-being, including their physical and mental health, academic success, and economic security. These additional resources include Research in Brief, Resources and Tools and Expert Perspectives. To promote successful implementation of best practices and model programs, PPN also screens and posts evidence-based information on effective Service Delivery.

Rand Preschool Study: Early Care and Education in the Golden State External website will open in new window by Lynn A. Karoly, Elaine Reardon, Michelle Cho To evaluate the adequacy and efficiency of preschool education the Rand Corporation has undertaken the California Preschool Study to improve understanding of achievement gaps in the early elementary grades, the adequacy of the preschool education currently given, and what efficiencies or additional resources might be brought to bear in early care and education.

The Children’s Collabrium External website will open in new window, formerly the Child Development Policy Institute Education Fund,works to transform research and information on early learning and development into sound policy and excellent practice. The organization sponsors child care policy institutes and workshops on Preschool for All.

The Water Cooler External website will open in new window is a place for California birth to five advocates to share ideas in an effort to discover common policy ground and coordinate advocacy efforts. Water Cooler meeting agendas, shared documents, Water Cooler Workgroup agendas, documents, and minutes and Water Cooler conference materials are available here.

Why Preschool Can Save the World- National Public Radio NPR Project Money External website will open in new window
On today's show, we meet a self-described robber baron who decided to spend his billions on finger paint and changing tables. We revisit decades-long studies that found preschool made a huge difference in the lives of poor children. And we talk to a Nobel prize-winning economist who says that spending public money on preschool produces a huge return on investment.

Zero to Three Public Policy Center External website will open in new window is a research based, nonpartisan program that brings the voices of babies and toddlers to public policy. They offer the opportunity to join the Public Policy Network and the e-newsletter, The Baby Monitor.

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