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Early Care and Education

Implementation of Young Child Wellness Strategies in a Unique Cohort of Local Communities

Describes innovative strategies that the six Project LAUNCH grantees funded from 2010-2015 used to improve outcomes for children, families and communities. This e-Book shares their lessons learned as they sought to bring policy and practice improvements to scale, enhance infrastructure, and implement direct services. The resource is rich with creative approaches, innovative strategies, and illustrative data from communities that can inform future early childhood efforts both within and outside of the LAUNCH community.

Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood

Provides national data showing how health care, family, and community factors are related to mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders in early childhood. Findings highlight specific factors that could be addressed through efforts at national, state and local levels.

Examining the Associations Between Infant/Toddler Workforce Preparation, Program Quality and Child Outcomes: A Review of the Research Evidence

Considers the role of educational attainment, degree type (e.g., concentration or major in early childhood or a related field), years of experience, and training. The brief concludes with implications for future research, as well as for policy and practice.

Describing the Preparation and Ongoing Professional Development of the Infant/Toddler Workforce: An Analysis of the National Survey for Early Care and Education Data

Provides an overview of the qualifications and the professional development activities of the nation’s infant/toddler workforce, based on representative data collected by the National Survey of Early Care and Education.

Launching Forward: The Integration of Behavioral Health In Primary Care as a Key Strategy for Promoting Young Child Wellness

Analyzes the experiences of a sample of Project LAUNCH grantees, describing 10 common elements of integration approaches and exploring some of the challenges of promoting health and preventing social, emotional, and behavioral challenges at a population level.

Developmental Foundations of School Readiness for Infants and Toddlers: A Research to Practice Report

Summarizes research about infant and toddler development, highlighting areas that are foundational for later school success. The report serves as a guide for programs to inform their practices and policies and to help programs think about their own theories of change and what outcomes they are most focused on improving for young children.

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