November 8, 2004

In this Issue:

1. Part C Annual Performance Report for July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004

Source: What's New at OSEP - November 3, 2004

This page provides the instructions, table and supporting attachments needed to complete the Part C Annual Performance Report (APR) that covers grant year July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004 (34 CFR 80.40). States' submissions are due on or before March 31, 2005. Go to

2. Guide to Resources Produced by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Grantees: Infants, Children, and Youth With Disabilities

Source: NCDDR - Retrieved November 4, 2004

This new Guide was developed to assist researchers, professionals, teachers, rehabilitation personnel, and people with disabilities in locating research, training, educational, and resource materials related to infants, children, and youth with disabilities that were developed by projects funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). It was a collaborative effort of the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR) and the Consortium for Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. The guide includes 172 items, the majority of which may be located on the Internet. The guide is available online at

3. Strengthening Families Through Early Care and Education

Source: Children's Bureau Express: November 2004

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) has developed a new strategy to build on evidence-based protective factors for children and families to prevent the occurrence child abuse and neglect. This strategy differs from past efforts in that:

  • It is based in the early childhood education (ECE) system,
  • It focuses on building protection for children within their homes and communities, not only on identifying risks in their homes and communities.
  • It seeks to overcome or mitigate manageable individual causes of child neglect and abuse such as parental isolation, lack of knowledge about child development, and mental, physical, or financial crisis in the family, rather than removing children from their homes.
For more information go to

4. Child Care: State Efforts to Enforce Safety and Health Requirements. GAO-04-786.

Source: GAO Month in Review - November 5, 2004

The federal government requires states that receive funds from the Child Care and Development Fund to establish basic health and safety requirements. The federal government also requires states receiving federal funds for child care to have procedures in place to ensure that providers being paid with grant dollars comply with the applicable safety and health requirements... This report (1) identifies changes in states' licensing and enforcement activities for various types of licensed and nonlicensed providers since 1999, (2) describes the ways child care licensing agencies organize inspection staff and use technology, and (3) provides examples of promising practices in state child care licensing and enforcement activities. Available at

5. New Research Provides Clues To The Genetic, Neurological, And Molecular Basis Of Autism

Source: Society for Neuroscience - Retrieved November 8, 2004

In new research, scientists have found that a specific gene contributes to autism and that autistic people have fewer receptors for the brain messenger acetylcholine, as well as more tightly packed columns of neurons in the cerebral cortex. Another study found that autistic children were less able to discriminate similar sounds than were other children. The research is providing new clues to the genetic, neurological, and molecular basis of this still mysterious disease. To read the full press release go to