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The upcoming Congressional reauthorization of the Early Head Start program provides an opportunity to focus on what can be done to achieve even greater impacts for infants, toddlers, and families in Early Head Start. In this policy brief, the Zero to Three Policy Center presents its recommendations for Congressional action and discusses scientific…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Disadvantaged Youth, Preschool Education, Early Intervention
Winton, Pamela J., Ed; McCollum, Jeanette A., Ed.; Catlett, Camille, Ed. – ZERO TO THREE, 2007
The key to improving the early education of all young children, including those with special needs, is the effective preparation and development of the professionals who work with them. "Practical Approaches to Early Childhood Professional Development" is a comprehensive planning resource for college faculty and consultants engaged in preservice …
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Adult Learning
Johnston, Kadija; Brinamen, Charles – ZERO TO THREE, 2006
As babies, toddlers, and preschoolers spend more and more time in child care programs, those programs have an increasingly significant effect on their healthy social and emotional development. The impact and quality of caregivers' relationships with children contribute to the quality of young children's mental health. A mental health consultant…
Descriptors: Consultants, Mental Health Workers, Mental Health, Young Children
The goal of ensuring that all children are "ready for school" has become a national priority. As a result, programs that support children's school readiness are becoming more and more important to policy-makers, funders, and parents. It is becoming very clear that efforts to improve school success cannot begin at kindergarten, nor focus…
Descriptors: Infants, Mental Health, Emotional Development, School Readiness