The Administration for Children and Families has released a number of joint HHS/Department of Education (ED) policy statements of interest to early childhood programs and tribal communities.
ACF has released with the Department of Education a Policy Statement on supporting the development of children who are dual language learners in early childhood programs. The purpose of the policy statement is to support early childhood programs and states by providing recommendations that promote the development and learning of young children, birth to age five, who are dual language learners. The statement also provides support to tribal communities in their language revitalization efforts within tribal early childhood programs. The statement is available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/dual-language-learners.
Other joint HHS/ED policy statements of interest:
Reducing suspension and expulsion practices in early childhood settings: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/child-health-development/reducing-suspension-and-expulsion-practices
Promoting inclusive high quality early childhood programs: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/inclusive-high-quality-early-childhood-programs
Family engagement: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/family-engagement
Meeting the needs of families with young children experiencing and at-risk of homelessness http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/joint-policy-statement-on-meeting-the-needs-of-families-with-young-children-experiencing-and-at-risk-of-homelessness-released
Use of technology with young children http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/joint-policy-brief-on-the-use-of-technology-with-young-children
Additionally, below is information about the Tribal Early Learning Initiative (TELI).
The new TELI website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/tribal-early-learning-initiative
Linda Smith’s Blog – Supporting Young Children and Families in American Indian Communities: The Tribal Early Learning Initiative: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2015/08/supporting-young-children-and-families-in-american-indian-communities
TELI1 Synthesis – Tribal Early Learning Initiative: Collaborative Success: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ecd/telisynthesis_9_14_508.PDF
October 2015 Webcast – Working Together: Successful Strategies to Build Strong Collaborations across Early Childhood Programs: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1076701