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This document highlights the accomplishments of the The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development (ECD) which is the focal point within HHS for early childhood development. ECD provides oversight to two of the largest early childhood federal programs – Head Start and Child Care including the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships. The office also co-administers the Tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and co-administers the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge and Preschool Development Grants with the U.S. Department of Education.

This report provides information from the 14 States about the impressive progress they are making in reforming their early learning and development systems.

RTT-ELC Legislation

June 14, 2011

Sections 14005, 14006 and 14013 of Division A of Title XIV of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, showing amendments made by §1832(b) of Division B of P.L. 112- 10 (H.R. 1473), the "Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011", April 15, 2011; 125 Stat. 163

Al ser un proveedor de cuidado y educación en los primeros años, usted está al frente de la observación del desarrollo del niño. También es un socio de las familias. Como proveedor y socio, es importante que se asegure de hablar con las familias acerca del desarrollo de sus hijos. Debido a que comparte muchas horas de actividad con los niños, es probable que usted sea el primero en notar posibles retrasos. Si los problemas de desarrollo se detectan a tiempo, usted puede ayudar a garantizar que los niños reciban el apoyo adicional que necesitan mientras están bajo su cuidado y que se vinculen con los servicios apropiados. Asociarse con las familias y los especialistas en la campaña Aprenda los Signos: Reaccione Pronto garantizará que los niños tengan el mejor comienzo posible hacia un futuro brillante.

Como visitador de apoyo, usted está posicionado en un lugar único para convertirse en un socio de confianza de los niños y las familias. Está al tanto de las fortalezas y vulnerabilidades que pueden tener un impacto en la vida diaria del niño o a lo largo de toda su vida. Debido a esto, usted se encuentra bien situado para brindar apoyo a la salud y el bienestar de las familias, lo que incluye promover las aptitudes y relaciones de la familia que contribuyen al respaldo de la salud y el desarrollo del niño.

This document provides tips for early care and education providers to practice and use in everyday routines that will help children grow and learn.

The purpose of this guidance document is to support states and early childhood programs by providing recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for developing and implementing career pathways to support the professional learning and practice of early childhood educators and program directors.

This document provides some tips for infant and toddler teachers and caregivers to use to help bridge the word gap by enriching the language environment of all young children in their care, including children who do not speak yet, children with disabilities or delays, and children who are learning more than one language.

This Spanish translated document discusses the benefits of being bilingual provides a review for teachers and other early education program providers.

This document details how a national evaluation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., and Columbia University’s Center for Children and Families, in collaboration with the Early Head Start Research Consortium, found: That 3 year-old Early Head Start Children performed significantly better on a range of measures of cognitive, language, and social-emotional development than a randomly assigned control group; the parents of the 3 year-olds scored significantly higher than control group parents on many aspects of home environment and parenting behavior and there were impacts for parents on progress towards self-sufficiency, and for fathers specifically.