November 15, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 42

Hot Topics
Large Hispanic Population States Use New Federal Dollars to Increase Child Care Provider Payment Rates
States with a high population of low-income Hispanic children plan to use a federal appropriation to increase payment rates to child care providers, according to research by the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families.
Other planned uses include child care workforce professional development, infant and toddler care investments, increasing the number of children receiving subsidized child care, and implementing reauthorization requirements.
Nearly $2.4 billion was appropriated last year to help states meet the goals and requirements of the 2014 reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant.
Federal Funding Cuts Child Care Assistance Waiting List
The National Women’s Law Center points to new federal child care funding in 2018 for halving the number of children on waiting lists for child care assistance.
“The significant boost in child care funding has made a real difference for many low-income parents, their children, and child care providers,” Karen Schulman, the center’s child care and early learning research director said. “But too many families still can’t afford this basic necessity.”
National Credential for Early Childhood Educator Lead Teachers Possible
The Council for Professional Recognition and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards are studying the viability of a National Early Childhood Educator Lead Teacher Certification.
“The goal of the certification would be to ensure that every child has access to high-quality ECE programs led by educators who are well prepared, supported and compensated,” Valora Washington, chief executive officer for the Council for Professional Recognition said.
The Early Educator Investment Collaborative commissioned the study.
Graduate Student Dissertation Grants
The Administration for Children and Families may fund Child Care, Head Start, Family Strengthening, and Behavioral Interventions graduate student dissertation grants next year.
Interested students should visit grants.gov to view the Child CareHead StartFamily Strengthening, and Behavioral Interventions grant opportunity forecasts and estimated application due dates, subscribe to email notifications, and for links to other information.
Preschool Matters Today
My Search for the Holy Grail: High Quality Infant Care: Part I
NIEER’s Allison H. Friedman-Krauss shares her experience seeking child care for her son and asks how we can improve access to affordable, high-quality, convenient child care for infants and toddlers.
NIEER Activities
NIEER Explores Pre-K Eligibility for Children with a Parent on Military Active Duty
Only 13 states consider a parent’s military active duty status in a child’s eligibility for state-funded high-quality pre-K, NIEER reported in a news release this week.
Pre-K programs in California, Georgia, Washington, Hawaii, and Colorado, five of the ten states with the largest number of military active duty personnel, do not consider a parent’s military active duty status.
ECE Resources
Preschool children’s math exploration during play with peers
Examining preschoolers’ “math exploration during peer play,” researchers suggest “peer play could be an important way to support the exploration of math concepts.”
Efficacy of Omega-3/Omega-6 Fatty Acids in Preschool Children at Risk of ADHD: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial
Researchers evaluated “the efficacy of an Omega-3/Omega-6 fatty acid supplement in preschool children at risk for ADHD,” reporting “some evidence for positive effects of Omega-3/Omega-6 fatty acids.”
Measuring Spontaneous Focus on Space in Preschool Children
Researchers “developed a measure of children’s Spontaneous Focus on Space – the spontaneous tendency to attend to absolute and relative spatial components of the environment – and studied its relation to reasoning about the important spatial-numerical concept of proportions.” Their “results indicate that as children grow older, their Spontaneous Focus on Space becomes more complete and is positively related to proportional reasoning performance,” suggesting “that spatial awareness is rapidly increasing in the preschool years, alongside numerical awareness and spatial-numerical proportional reasoning.”
Change in Language and Literacy Knowledge for Spanish–English Dual Language Learners at School-Entry: Analyses from Three Studies
Researchers examined the language and literacy skills among Spanish–English dual language learning preschoolers and compared change over time in language and literacy skills in both Spanish and English. They found gains in English but not in Spanish with exposure to English at school and Spanish at home with cross-language relationships observed in literacy but not in language.
Early Education News Round-up
The week’s key stories on early childhood education. Read now.
Opportunities
Deputy Commissioner, State of Vermont, Department of Children and Families
Technical Advisor, Early Childhood Development, Results for Development
Advisor, Early Childhood Development–Advancing Nutrition Program, Save the Children
Human Services Research Analyst, Mathematica
Director of Early Childhood Education, City of Philadelphia
Co-Director and Instructor Early Childhood Programs, Director of the Long Trip (Graduate School Faculty Position), Bank Street College of Education
Bilingual Early Childhood Program Evaluation Consultant, NYC Department of Education