A Framework for Planning Professional Development in Emergent Literacy

Monday, April 28, 2014
1 – 1:45 p.m. EDT
Register Online Now! 

The National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) hosts the Front Porch Series Broadcast Calls on the fourth Monday of each month. These calls are your opportunity to hear from national experts on current research and findings in early childhood education.

Join us for A Framework for Planning Professional Development in Emergent Literacy, April 28, 2014 at 1 p.m. EDT. Dr. Gail Joseph will moderate the call. Doctors Jeanette McCollum and Tweety Yates will present. Dr. McCollum is a faculty member at the University of Illinois, where she developed the master’s program in early childhood special education. She served as principal investigator of the Developing Early Language and Literacy in Danville (DELL-D) Project. It worked to improve emergent literacy in preschoolers from low-income families. She also works closely with the state of Illinois to implement high quality programs for young children.

Dr. Yates is an NCQTL faculty member and a research assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has mainly focused her work on parent-child interaction, social-emotional development, early literacy, and professional development. She the former president of the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Topics for the webinar include:

  • Using a tiered framework to plan and deliver professional development, including teacher institutes, small group meetings, and coaching
  • How use of the framework reflects changes in professional development over time and supports the use of individualized classroom coaching
  • Examples from classrooms at the lowest and highest tiers of how coaching was guided by individual differences in teachers’ learning

Who Should Listen?

This broadcast call will benefit an array of audience members, including: Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start program staff, parents, directors, managers, and administrators; T/TA managers; T/TA providers; federal and Regional Office staff; and State Collaboration Offices.

Participating in the Broadcast Call

The broadcast call will be accessible only via computer. Select this link to register and to review system requirements for participation:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing additional instructions on how to join the broadcast. Space is limited to 1,000 participants. This presentation will be archived in the Front Porch Series section of the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC).

Stay Connected with #NCQTL

During and after the presentation, we encourage you to share your thoughts and experiences regarding the Front Porch Series Broadcast Callon Twitter! Include #NCQTL in your tweets to participate in the chat. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still follow the conversation at www.twitter.com/#NCQTL.


You may send your questions to ncqtl@uw.edu or call (toll-free) 1-877-731-0764.

Source: National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning

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Slide Presentation: The ABCs of Improving Health Outcomes with Early Childhood Development | Heckman


New research from economist James Heckman and colleagues shows that quality early childhood programs that incorporate health and nutrition help prevent chronic disease. Findings reveal substantially better health in the mid-30s with a lower prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, such as stroke and diabetes. Use this slide presentation to communicate these findings.

Source: The Heckman Equation

Available at: http://heckmanequation.org/content/resource/slide-presentation-abcs-improving-health-outcomes-early-childhood-development

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What’s the Latest with the Flu: Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)


Flu activity is decreasing overall in the United States, yet influenza viruses are still circulating and causing disease. A total of 75 influenza-associated pediatric deaths for the 2013-2014 season have been reported to date. Influenza has been known to still circulate into May and June.

Vaccination remains the most important step in protecting against influenza. The AAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urge everyone who still has not been vaccinated to get vaccinated now. Yearly vaccination is especially important for people who come in contact with high risk children in order to protect the child (or children) from the flu. An estimate of this season’s flu vaccine effectiveness to prevent influenza-associated illness was recently completed by the CDC.

Planning for the next flu season is already underway. The vaccine viruses recommended by the World Health Organization and the US Food and Drug Administration Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee for the 2014-15 influenza season are the same as those for the 2013-14 influenza season. Everyone will still need their flu vaccine again next flu season, but some children, who normally would need two doses, will only need one dose because the strains will be unchanged from this season.

For more detailed influenza information, see the AAP Red Book Online Influenza Resource page or the CDC FluView. All American Academy of Pediatrics “What’s the Latest with the Flu” messages can be found online  The AAP looks forward to working with each of you on influenza prevention and control efforts next year.

Source: Health Child Care America

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The Health and Well-Being of Early Childhood Educators: A Need for Compassion and Commitment


In a recent report, early childhood educators working in Pennsylvania Head Start programs reported chronic illnesses, such as obesity and headache, in significantly higher proportions than nationally representative cohorts of women of similar age and socioeconomic status. Notably, in this anonymous online survey, 24 percent of the over 2,000 Head Start staff surveyed reported clinically significant levels of depression.

Early childhood educators must be well to do well in their jobs. Current public and political attention to early childhood education and universal pre-K indicates a growing interest in ensuring that children have strong early childhood education that prepares them for future success. And research emphasizes that children need consistent, sensitive, caring, and stable relationships with adults in order to thrive. Adults who are well, physically and mentally, are likely to have an easier time engaging in such relationships than adults who are struggling with chronic illness, such as depression. Thus, it is critical that we pay attention to, invest in, and be compassionate about the well-being of the adults who provide early care and education.

Source: Child Trends

Available at: http://www.childtrends.org/the-health-and-well-being-of-early-childhood-educators-a-need-for-compassion-and-commitment/

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Making the Link Between Health and School Readiness


Head Start is a school readiness program. The health-related activities required by the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) are designed to ensure that every child who enters the program achieves his or her optimal development.

Children enter the program at different developmental levels and with a variety of health needs. Promptly identifying and treating children’s health issues and promoting their healthy development prepares children for school. Helping families understand developmental screening and referral, as well as proactive prevention when health issues affect children’s learning, supports school readiness.

This online tool is designed to help programs better understand the link between their school readiness goals and their health service plans. It will help program leaders and managers design school readiness goals that integrate meaningful health strategies. Well-targeted, actionable health promotion, prevention, and treatment can help achieve those goals.

It is meant to be used by:

Education leaders and school readiness teams to:

  • Understand the link between child health and school readiness
  • Develop health strategies that support school readiness goals
  • Integrate specific health services into school readiness plans

Health managers and health staff to:

  • Offer talking points about the link between child health and school readiness
  • Ensure health services plans, procedures, and protocols align with the program’s school readiness goals
  • Develop health strategies to include in school readiness plans

All program leaders to:

  • Help staff, families, partners, and policy makers understand the link between health and school readiness
  • Describe health strategies that promote children’s achievement of school readiness goals
  • Advocate for the inclusion of health services in a comprehensive approach to children’s educational services

Please read How Program Leaders Can Use This Tool to strengthen school readiness and health services plans.

Select Making the Link Between Health and School Readiness [PDF, 958KB] for the full PDF version of this tool.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center and the National Center on Health

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Classroom Visuals and Supports

The Head Start Center for Inclusion offers a library of visual supports for teachers to use with children in the classroom. Look for illustrations of toys, art materials, daily schedule pictures, problem solving cue cards, and classroom certificates, to name just a few. Each one can be downloaded and printed out for immediate use.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center and Head Start Center on Inclusion

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/center/practice/engage/class-visuals.html

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Data in Head Start and Early Head Start: Digging Into Data – Head Start

Welcome to Digging Into Data. Do you sometimes wonder how you can use your program’s data to decide on new priorities? Are you frequently stumped by questions from governing body or Policy Council members about program activities? Do you get easily overwhelmed by the statistics in reports from your information management system? Do you wonder how you can better use your annual report and presentations in the community to tell your program’s story?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, this interactive training module is for you.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center and National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/operations/center/data2

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