NAEYC Children’s Champions Update
July 9, 2010
*Federal Funding Opportunity—Federal Work Study Off-Campus Community Service Program with Competitive Priority for Students Assisting in Early Childhood Education
*New Resources from Child Trends – Home Visiting; State School Readiness Practices
*Latino Child Well-Being
Congress returns from its July 4th recess next week, and will be in session until its August recess begins on August 9th.
FEDERAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY—OFF-CAMPUS COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM WITH COMPETITIVE PRIORITY FOR STUDENTS TO WORK IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
The U.S. Department of Education has announced applications for a grant program under the higher education Federal Work Study Program to recruit and pay students for part-time, off-campus community service employment. For the current fiscal year, the program has a competitive preference priority for programs that support students “assisting with early childhood education activities.”
The Funding Opportunity Announcement and application can be downloaded at www.Grants.gov, "FIND or APPLY" and enter either CFDA # 84.116H or the full announcement number (ED-GRANTS-070910-003). Deadline for applications to be submitted is August 9.
TWO NEW RESOURCES FROM CHILD TRENDS
Home Visiting: Child Trends has released a guide to help states apply for federal home visiting grants. Home Visiting Application Process: A Guide for Planning State Needs Assessments outlines key steps for completing the grant application process and provides national and state-level data useful to applicants conducting needs assessments, identifying high-risk populations, and selecting and measuring benchmarks. This guide does not address every element required for inclusion in state applications and is not intended to be used as a checklist. Official guidance on the home visiting application process is available from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The guide is available at www.childtrends.org/Files/Child_Trends-2010_06_30_Home_Visiting_Guide.pdf
School Readiness Practices in States: A new Child Trends brief provides an overview of state Early Learning Guidelines and efforts to monitor statewide school readiness across multiple domains of development. The brief, A Review of School Readiness Practices in the States: Early Learning Guidelines and Assessments, also outlines key policy considerations for supporting and tracking school readiness at the state level. The brief is available at www.childtrends.org/Files/Child_Trends-2010_06_18_ECH_SchoolReadiness.pdf.
LATINO CHILD WELL-BEING
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) have coauthored America's Future: Latino Child Well-Being in Numbers and Trends, which provides an overview of Latino children in the United States by integrating a range of key factors and outcomes in demography, citizenship, family structure and income, education and language, health, and juvenile justice. The report and a database with all pertinent statistics for each of the 50 states are available online at http://nclr.me/index.php/publications/americas_future_latino_child_well-being_in_numbers_and_trends. This web tool was specifically designed to provide researchers and advocates with access to data about Latino children in their state. Advocates can use the data in materials for policymakers, grantors, and the general public. Researchers will be able to turn to the web tool as a central location for raw data about Latino children in all 50 states. The data can be downloaded from NCLR's website and used to create tables and graphs comparing numbers from previous years and between states.
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