August 6, 2004

In this Issue:

1. NAEYC Announces New Leadership Opportunity

Source: NAEYC Site News - August 6, 2004

Because of their active role in family life, early childhood educators are uniquely positioned to play a key role in the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect and the promotion of children's healthy social and emotional development. In 2002, NAEYC embarked on an exciting national initiative - Supporting Teachers, Strengthening Families - to help early childhood educators meet these dual goals. One component of this initative is a program to help leaders in the early childhood field bring NAEYC's child abuse prevention work to scale and sustain these efforts over time. Twenty-four early childhood educators from across the country will be selected to participate in the Supporting Teachers, Strengthening Families National Leadership Program, an intensive, year-long leadership development opportunity. Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2004. For more information go to

2. Research and Innovation To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities - Evidence-Based Interventions for Severe Behavior Problems: Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

Source: Federal Register: August 4, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 149)

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Overview Information; Research and Innovation To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities--Evidence-Based Interventions for Severe Behavior Problems; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

Applications Available: August 4, 2004.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 10, 2004.
For complete information go to

3. Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect

Source: Federal Register: August 2, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 147)

The Department of Health and Human Services intends to issue letters to recruit agencies for participation in the next National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS). This will be the fourth cycle of this periodic study. The NIS-4 is mandated by the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003 (Pub. L. 108-36). The NIS estimates the scope of the maltreated child population by combining information about reported cases with data on maltreated children identified by professionals (called ``sentinels'') who encountered them during the normal course of their work in a wide range of agencies in representative communities. A nationally representative sample of 120 counties will be selected and all local child protective service (CPS) agencies serving the selected counties will be identified. Plans will be developed to obtain data on cases investigated during the study reference period, September 4 to December 3, 2005. For more information go to

4. CDC and Partners Launch Autism Awareness Initiative

Source: CDC Media Relations - July 18, 2004

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with the Autism Society of America (ASA) has announced a joint initiative aimed at boosting awareness of the importance of early screening and intervention for autism. CDC and ASA will work to identify ways to encourage parents with a child showing signs of developmental delays - particularly in communication or social interaction - to seek help for their child, even before a clinical diagnosis of autism has been made. The effort will involve input from parents of children who have already been diagnosed with autism as well as from health care providers. To read the full press release go to