June 16, 2004

In this Issue:

  1. IDEA General Supervision Enhancement Grant; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004
      Source: Federal Register: June 14, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 113)
  2. New Fact Sheet: Making Children Healthy and Ready to Learn
      Source: AMCHP Updates - June 11, 2004
  3. National Survey Reveals Priorities For Parents During Pediatric Visits
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics News Release - June 7, 2004
  4. Kids Count 2004 Data Book Released
      Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - June 3, 2004

1. IDEA General Supervision Enhancement Grant; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

Source: Federal Register: June 14, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 113)

Purpose of Program: This program provides technical assistance and information that (1) support States and local entities in building capacity to improve early intervention, educational, and transitional services and results for children with disabilities and their families; and (2) address goals and priorities for improving State systems that provide early intervention, educational, and transitional services for children with disabilities and their families.

Applications Available: June 14, 2004.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 23, 2004.
Complete information is available online at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-2/061404a.html.

2. New Fact Sheet: Making Children Healthy and Ready to Learn

Source: AMCHP Updates - June 11, 2004

Making Children Healthy and Ready to Learn is a new fact sheet from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) about the State Early Childhood Comprehensive System (SECCS) Initiative grants and how they could be helpful to states. It also provides a few state specific examples. Available at http://www.amchp.org/aboutamchp/making%20children%20healthy.pdf [Note: Link checked on o1/27/2008 - this document is no longer available online].

3. National Survey Reveals Priorities For Parents During Pediatric Visits

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics News Release - June 7, 2004

While there is a great deal of information on how pediatricians and other professionals view "well-child visits," there is almost no reliable data on how parents perceive the time their child spends with his or her pediatrician. The newly released National Survey of Early Childhood Health (NSECH) conducted with more than 2,000 parents of infants and toddlers ages 4 to 35 months old, is the most comprehensive national survey ever conducted to assess parents' opinions about the content and quality of well-child visits.

The NSECH was designed to fill a critical gap, and provides reliable information from parents regarding priorities in preventive care for young children. Key findings from the NSECH were published as a supplement to the June issue of Pediatrics. In the survey, parents responded to a comprehensive set of questions about well-child visits and related questions about activities in the home to promote their child's development. For more information go to http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/junesurvey.htm.

4. Kids Count 2004 Data Book Released

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - June 3, 2004

Data from the 2004 KIDS COUNT Data Book are now available online. The 15th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a state-by-state statistical portrait of the educational, health, and economic conditions of American children. Ten key measures comprise an index of child well-being used to rank states and supplemental data on education, health, and economic conditions for each state. The powerful 2004 KIDS COUNT online database allows you to generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles. You can also download the entire data set as delimited text files, read the book online or view the book in PDF format. Additionally, you can order a free copy of the Data Book. Go to http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/KIDSCOUNT.aspx.