November 22, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 43

Hot Topics
Revised: Model Work Standards for Teaching Staff in Center-based Child Care
The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment and the American Federation of Teachers have updated their Model Work Standards “to reflect a 21st-century context.”
The standards address wages, benefits, employment policies and practices, payment for professional responsibilities, professional development, staffing and teaching supports, communication and team building, decision making and problem solving, and health, safety, and physical setting.
“Family child care professionals can use the model standards as an educational tool to express what they need to serve children and families better; as a self-assessment tool for evaluating their own workplace; as a planning tool for setting measurable goals; and as an advocacy tool for enlisting wider support,” according to the American Federation of Teachers.
The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment is a program of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley.
NIEER Activities
NIEER Joins CityHealth for Upcoming Webinar on Supporting a Highly Qualified City Pre-K Workforce
Join CityHealth and NIEER for a webinar on Tuesday, December 10, 2:00 pm ET, featuring a panel of early childhood education leaders from cities across the country who will discuss how to support a highly qualified workforce in a city’s pre-K program.
The webinar will explore effective professional learning systems for establishing a comprehensive, tiered, on-going system of support for teachers. It’ll address how to use and coordinate a variety of methods, including formal workshops, coaching, and peer learning to effectively support teachers.
This is the third in a series of webinars hosted by CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, and NIEER on high-quality early education in American cities.
NIEER Participates in Delaware Pre-K Forum; Publishes NIEER Op-Ed
NIEER Senior Co-director Steven Barnett and Early Childhood Education Policy Specialist Karin Garver briefed attendees at a pre-K forum in Wilmington, DE on pre-K policy and how Delaware’s state program compares to those of other states.
The forum was only a few days after an opinion article authored by Dr. Barnett appeared on, the online home of The News Journal.
Preschool Matters Today
How Can We Improve Access to High-Quality Infant-Toddler Care?
Allison Friedman-Krauss last week described her journey looking for child care for her infant son. This week she continues to explore how to improve access to high-quality infant-toddler care and makes one thing clear: It’s not going to be easy.
ECE Resources
The Mechanisms and Moderators of “Fade-Out”: Towards Understanding Why the Skills of Early Childhood Program Participants Converge Over Time with the Skills of Other Children
A new systematic review “assesses our current understanding of the conditions under which ECE impacts persist or fade over time, which is critical because of the potential intervention and policy implications.”
Benefits of Foreign Language Learning and Bilingualism: An Analysis of Published Empirical Research 2012–2019
In a new analysis of empirical research on foreign language/world language learning and bilingualism, researchers report “multiple cognitive benefits of language study and bi‐multilingualism, particularly later in life”. They also suggest “other results underscore the importance of early and sustained language learning and support for L1 literacy development.”
Heterogeneous Treatment Effects on Children’s Cognitive/Non-cognitive Skills: A reevaluation of an Influential Early Childhood Intervention
“Most previous analysis [of the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program]have only examined average treatment effects across all program participants without exploring possible effect [of]heterogeneity by children’s background characteristics.” Investigating this question researchers “found that the treatment effects of enrollment in the Perry preschool on cognitive and non-cognitive skills were much larger and more persistent among the most disadvantage children than amount others in the Perry Program.”
Dimensionality and Predictive validity of the Classroom Learning Activities Checklist in Prekindergarten
Researchers assessed the dimensionality and validity of the Classroom Learning Activities Checklist in predicting pre-K learning gains, and report that their findings support the “validity of [the checklist]in assessing the classroom learning environment.”
Development of Auditory Perception in Preschool Children
Researchers examined whether “the auditory skills presented by five-year-old children can predict their performance in auditory processing (AP) tests at seven years old.” They found children “who exhibited lower scores on AP tests at 7 years of age had demonstrated poor auditory perception at 5 years of age.”
Take Another Look
Significant articles previously published in the International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy.
Differential Susceptibility to Environmental Influences
The diathesis-stress model holds that some people are vulnerable to the negative effects of stress from adverse environments. Jay Belsky’s differential susceptibility model suggests these individuals are not only sensitive to negative stress but to “the beneficial effects of supportive environments.”
Early Education News Round-up
The week’s key stories on early childhood education. Read now.
Fall School Readiness Symposium, “Simple Interactions”, December 11, 2019, 8:30 AM, Turf Valley Hotel, 2700 Turf Valley Rd., Ellicott City, MD, presented by Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Childhood. Read more. Read more.
Supporting a Highly Qualified City Pre-K Workforce Webinar, December 10, 2:00 PM ET, hosted by CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, and NIEER. Read more.
Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Connecticut. Read more.
Consultancy: Early Childhood Development Roster, Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECARO), UNICEF. Read more. Read more.
Assistant Professor, Family Studies, Virginia Tech Read more.
Research and Policy Associate, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California, Berkeley. Read more.
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California, Berkeley. Read more.
Postdoctoral scholar with a PhD in economics, public policy, demography, social work, sociology, or a related discipline, Columbia Population Research Center. Read more.