June 4, 2004

In this Issue:

1. Research and Innovation To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities: Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

Source: Federal Register: June 4, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 108)

Absolute Priority: Research and Innovation To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities--Research and Innovation. Background: This priority supports research to improve results for infants, toddlers, children, or youth with disabilities through early intervention, educational, transitional, post secondary, or related services. Proposals for three types of research will be accepted for this competition: (1) Innovation Research, (2) Model Development, and (3) Replication and Scale-up.

Applications Available: June 7, 2004.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 9, 2004.
For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-2/060404d.html.

2. The Prekindergarten Research in Progress Database is Now Available Online

Source: prekrip.org/ - June 2, 2004

The Prekindergarten Research in Progress Database is now available online. The database provides descriptions of ongoing or recently completed studies of state-funded prekindergarten programs, or studies that use state-funded prekindergarten programs as one of several settings for research. Two examples are (1) The National Survey of Lead Teachers in State-Funded Prekindergarten Programs (also known as the National Prekindergarten Study), and (2) a study of parent involvement in rural Illinois state-funded prekindergarten programs conducted by Dr. Brent McBride at the University of Illinois. Project staff plan to add several records to the database each month. The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) (with funds from The Pew Charitable Trusts) and the National Prekindergarten Center (NPC) (with funding from the Foundation for Child Development) provide financial support to the Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to create the Prekindergarten Research in Progress database. For more information go to: http://prekrip.org/.

3. Autism Society of America (ASA) Launches Spanish Section on Web Site

Source: www.autism-society.org - Retrieved June 2, 2004

The Autism Society of America (ASA) recently announced the launch of a Spanish-language section on its award-winning Web site, responding to the ever-growing needs of the Hispanic community to deliver bi-lingual information on autism spectrum disorders. The new Spanish section, which is accessible through the main Web page, features 18 different links to information about understanding autism; an autism checklist on common characteristics of the disorder; tips for parents on coping with a child's diagnosis and living with autism across the lifespan; a variety of treatment options and educational approaches and programs to help a child with autism such as developing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP); and information on Federal programs, to name a few. Available at http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Autismo.

4. The Child Trends DataBank Substantially Expands Its What Works information

Source: childtrendsdatabank.org/whatsNew - May 27, 2004

The Child Trends Database has been expanded to include a new set of "What Works" tables about programs that influence the development and well-being of young children. To view the indicators go to http://childtrendsdatabank.org/WhatWorks.cfm and scan down to the section entitled What Works for Young Children.