September 10, 2004

In this Issue:

1. Second Quarter 2004 OSEP Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities Now Available Online

Source: What's New at OSEP - September 9, 2004

Second Quarter 2004 OSEP Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities are now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2004-2/index.html.

2. New On-line, Searchable Database of Transition Research, Policy and Practice

Source: Beth Rous, NECTC Principal Investigator - September 9, 2004

The National Early Childhood Transition Research and Training Center (NECTC) announces the availability of a new on-line, searchable database of approximately 700 early childhood transition related research, policy and practice documents. This database is an on-going activity of NECTC and is designed to provide a one-stop resource for those interested in identifying potential transition resources. To search the database go to: http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/nectc/DATABASES/search.aspx.

3. Early Child Development in Social Context: A Chartbook

Source: The Commonwealth Fund - September 8, 2004

Many young children fail to receive the social, developmental, and health care support they need to be ready for school, according to a new chartbook released today by The Commonwealth Fund and Child Trends, a nonpartisan research organization. Early Child Development in Social Context: A Chartbook, created by Child Trends in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics Center for Child Health Research, examines how young children in the U.S. fare on more than 30 key developmental indicators ... The researchers find many American children, especially those from low-income or minority families, are not achieving their full potential because of problems that go unrecognized or untreated. For complete information go to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=237483.

4. New Policies, Transitional Procedures and Fees for NAEYC Accreditation

Source: NAEYC Site News - September 2004

The NAEYC Academy is making several important changes to increase the reliability and accountability of the NAEYC Accreditation system, and to promote higher program quality. These new policies are based on the recommendations of the National Commission on Accreditation Reinvention, and have been planned with the NAEYC Governing Board and the Council for NAEYC Accreditation. They will improve the system for programs, families, employers and others, and most importantly, for the young children we serve. For complete information about these changes go to http://www.naeyc.org/accreditation/.

5. New GAO Report - Prekindergarten: Four Selected States Expanded Access by Relying on Schools and Existing Providers of Early Education and Care to Provide Services

Source: Today's GAO Reports - September 10, 2004

The following new report from the Government Accounting Office is now available online: Prekindergarten: Four Selected States Expanded Access by Relying on Schools and Existing Providers of Early Education and Care to Provide Services. GAO-04-852.

Full Report - http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04852.pdf
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d04852high.pdf