August 16, 2004

In this Issue:

  1. Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Announces National Grant Competition
      Source: Barbara Bush Foundation - Retrieved August 16, 2004
  2. The Foundation for Child Development Announces Grants in Its Changing Faces of America's Children - Young Scholars Program
      Source: Foundation for Child Development - August 9, 2004
  3. Research Brief: Partnering Programs More Likely to Provide Comprehensive Services
      Source: Center for Children and Families - August 9, 2004
  4. Head Start National Reporting System Updates
      Source: Head Start What's New Alert - August 13, 2004
  5. NAEYC - Where We Stand on School Readiness
      Source: NAEYC Site News - Retrieved August 16, 2004

1. Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Announces National Grant Competition

Source: Barbara Bush Foundation - Retrieved August 16, 2004

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is accepting applications for its 2005 national grant competition. The foundation's grantmaking program seeks to develop or expand projects that are designed to support the development of literacy skills for adult primary care givers and their children. A total of approximately $650,000 will be awarded in 2005; no grant request should exceed $65,000.

To be eligible for a grant, an organization must have current nonprofit or public status, have been in existence for two or more years as of the date of the application, and operate an instructional literacy program that has been in existence for at least two years and includes one or more of the following components: literacy for adults, parent education, pre-literacy or literacy instruction for children pre-k to grade 3, and intergenerational literacy activities ... Programs can also include additional components such as parent support groups, parent involvement, home visits, job training etc.

Application Deadline: September 10, 2004. For more information and to download the application form go to http://www.barbarabushfoundation.com/nga.html.

2. The Foundation for Child Development Announces Grants in Its Changing Faces of America's Children - Young Scholars Program

Source: Foundation for Child Development - August 9, 2004

The FCD Young Scholars Program (YSP) aims to stimulate basic and policy-relevant research focused on the early education, health and well-being of immigrant children from birth to age 10, particularly those who are living in low-income families. Given the limited research on young immigrant children, proposals focused on children from birth to age eight are highly encouraged.

Three to four fellowships of up to $150,000 for use over one to three years (maximum) will be awarded competitively. Proposals are due on Monday, November 1, 2004. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. or its equivalent in one of the behavioral and social sciences or in an allied professional field within the last 15 years. They must also be full-time, faculty members of a college or university in the United States. Specific details are available at http://www.fcd-us.org/programs/programs_show.htm?doc_id=447982.

3. Research Brief: Partnering Programs More Likely to Provide Comprehensive Services

Source: Center for Children and Families - August 9, 2004

Research Brief: Partnering Programs More Likely to Provide Comprehensive Services, by Diane Schilder. This brief describes the services offered by child care centers in partnership with Head Start and comparison centers not involved in partnership. Researchers found that centers in partnership are more likely to provide developmental and health screening, referrals, and other support services. The findings are based on an analysis of data collected from a sample of 140 child care centers in Ohio-78 of which engage in child care/Head Start partnerships. Read the brief: http://ccf.edc.org/PDF/EDC_ComprehensiveBrief.pdf.

4. Head Start National Reporting System Updates

Source: Head Start What's New Alert - August 13, 2004

The script of the Head Start National Reporting System Update Broadcast of August 4, 2004 and the companion Power Point presentations are now available on-line. Go to http://www.headstartinfo.org/nrs_updates_broadcast.htm and scan down to the section entitled Presentations.

5. NAEYC - Where We Stand on School Readiness

Source: NAEYC Site News - Retrieved August 16, 2004

NAEYC has developed a summary of the association's position on school readiness, based on the 1995 position statement and including information for obtaining related resources. Go to http://www.naeyc.org/about/positions/pdf/Readiness.pdf.