The CDC is pleased to announce that its free app, the Milestone Tracker, is now available in Spanish! This mobile app is part of a suite of free, family-friendly materials available through the Learn the Signs Act Early program. The Milestone Tracker allows parents to track their child's development in a fun and easy way that gives them
- tips to help their child learn and grow;
- a way to track milestones and recognize delays; and
- the ability to share this information with their child's health care provider.
Specifically, the app offers the following:
- Interactive milestone checklists for children ages 2 months through 5 years, illustrated with photos and videos
- Tips and activities to help children learn and grow
- Information on when to act early and talk with a doctor about developmental delays
- A personalized milestone summary that can be easily shared with doctors and other care providers
- Reminders for appointments and developmental screenings
Over the last two years, the Early Learning Network’s assessment team at the University of California, Irvine, has been developing and testing a web-based observational tool for practitioners in pre-K through third grade classrooms to help improve student outcomes and strengthen student-teacher relationships. Using electronic assessments and observation, the Optimizing Learning Opportunities for Students Observation System, known as OLOS, provides real-time feedback on children’s academic progress and teachers’ instructional practices. It also offers recommendations on how to best meet students’ unique learning needs. The tool is still in the pilot phase but shows promise in becoming a practitioner-friendly comprehensive measure in early learning programs.
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) in partnership with the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations developed the online Statewide Implementation Guide. It supports state-level decision makers in implementing evidence-based practices and achieving positive outcomes for infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities and their families. The guide is organized around four essential support structures and four stages of implementation. It includes resources and tools for state leaders, local program leaders, professional development providers and coaches, and practitioners.
The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) recently launched newly reformatted website for easier access to key resources, with a focus on their strategic projects. CEELO's new online Resource Library allows users to search and download reports, presentations, toolkits, Leadership Academy materials, and technical assistance resources. Content is organized so users can search by content area, resource type, title, date, and key word.
ED has recently updated its website for the Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive initiative. The site has a range of resources geared toward states, communities, and families interested in promoting early developmental and behavioral screenings.