Understanding and Choosing Assessments and Developmental Screeners for Young Children Age 3-5: Profiles of Selected Measures

The 2007 reauthorization of Head Start requires Head Start programs to use child assessments and developmental screeners that are developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate, as well as valid and reliable in the language in which they are used. This compendium was created to address this need and to promote the use of reliable and valid assessment data, wherever possible, in Head Start and other early childhood programs.

Extra Credit: How Louisiana Is Improving Child Care

This report (published by National Women's Law Center) analyzes the impact of a unique package of tax credits intended to improve the quality of child care in Louisiana – the School Readiness Tax Credits – in the first four years of their implementation. 

The correlation between the specific incentives and resources provided by the credits and the following outcomes provide strong evidence of the impact of the credits on improving the quality of care in Louisiana between 2008 and 2011.

Degrees in Context

Many states are preparing for the possibility that President Obama's preschool plan calling for degreed teachers may become a reality, and are continuing to engage in efforts to revamp and expand their professional preparation and development systems. As these efforts progress, there is increased attention focused on the capacity of higher education to meet the demand for skilled early childhood teachers and a range of professionals who educate and support them.

The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Evaluation Toolkit

The use of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRISs) is continually expanding across the country; in 2010, there were 25 states operating or piloting QRISs and now nearly every other state is planning to or has already begun developing a QRIS or another quality improvement (QI) initiative (Tout, Starr, Soli, Moodie, Kirby, and Boller 2010; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010b).

Trends in Child Care Licensing: 2011

State child care licensing regulations and policies on monitoring and enforcement provide a baseline of protection to ensure the well-being of children in early and school-age care and education settings. Regulations and methods of enforcement, however, vary greatly from State to State. Standards in some States provide greater protection and more stringent enforcement methods than in other States.