January 3, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. Children's Emotional Development is Built into the Architecture of their Brain
      Source: www.developingchild.net - Retrieved January 3, 2005
  2. Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, as Amended by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 - Request for comments and recommendations
      Source: Federal Register - December 29, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 249)
  3. Early Reading First Program - Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005
      Source: Federal Register: December 23, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 246)
  4. Early Childhood Outcomes Center Seeks Comments on Outcomes for Part C and Part B Preschool Programs
      Source: Early Childhood Outcomes Center - December 22, 2004
  5. Evaluation of the Early Head Start Enhanced Home Visiting Pilot Project - Request for Comments
      Source: Federal Register - December 17, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 242)
  6. New 2003 Estimates for Low and Very Low Birthweight Infants
      Source: New from the Child Trends DataBank - December 16, 2004

1. Children's Emotional Development is Built into the Architecture of their Brain

Source: www.developingchild.net - Retrieved January 3, 2005

The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child recently published a new report entitled Children's Emotional Development is Built into the Architecture of their Brain. The report is available online at http://www.developingchild.net/pubs/wp/Young_Children_Environment_Relationships.pdf.

2. Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, as Amended by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 - Request for comments and recommendations

Source: Federal Register - December 29, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 249)

The Secretary of Education solicits comments and recommendations from the public prior to developing and publishing proposed regulations under 34 CFR parts 300 and 303 to implement programs under the recently amended IDEA. The Secretary also announces plans to hold informal public meetings to seek further input about those regulations in light of the statutory amendments... In order to be assured of consideration as proposed regulations are developed, comments and recommendations should be received on or before February 28, 2005. For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/proprule/2004-4/122904a.html.

3. Early Reading First Program - Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005

Source: Federal Register: December 23, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 246)

The U.S. Department of Education released the fiscal year 2005 Early Reading First application on December 28, 2004. Early Reading First, part of the President's "Good Start, Grow Smart" initiative, is designed to transform existing early education programs into centers of excellence that provide high-quality, early education to young children, especially those from low-income families. The overall purpose of the Early Reading First Program is to prepare young children to enter kindergarten with the necessary language, cognitive, and early reading skills to prevent reading difficulties and ensure school success. For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-4/122304a.html.

4. Early Childhood Outcomes Center Seeks Comments on Outcomes for Part C and Part B Preschool Programs

Source: Early Childhood Outcomes Center - December 22, 2004

The Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Center is seeking reactions and feedback on a set of child and family outcomes for the Part C and Part B Preschool Programs. All comments must be received by January 21, 2005, to be considered for inclusion in ECO recommendations to OSEP. For complete information go to http://www.fpg.unc.edu/%7Eeco/index.cfm

5. Evaluation of the Early Head Start Enhanced Home Visiting Pilot Project - Request for Comments

Source: Federal Register - December 17, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 242)

Comments are requested on the proposed evaluation of the Enhanced Home Visiting Pilot Project. The goal of this pilot project is to develop program models for supporting relatives and neighbors who care for Early Head Start children in acquiring the knowledge, skills and resources they need to support children's healthy development.

The Enhanced Home Visiting Pilot Project evaluation will collect and disseminate information about the program models and service delivery strategies developed by the pilot sites, as well as the characteristics and needs of participating children, families, and caregivers. The evaluation will collect and analyze information from three main sources: (1) Interviews with staff and focus groups with parents and caregivers, (2) a program recordkeeping system for tracking services to be maintained by the pilot sites, and (3) observational assessments of the quality of the caregiving environment and the interactions between children and caregivers.

Comments are requested within 60 days. For complete information go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-27583.htm

6. New 2003 Estimates for Low and Very Low Birthweight Infants

Source: New from the Child Trends DataBank - December 16, 2004

In 2003, 7.9 percent of all newborns were born at a low birthweight, the highest percentage since the early 1970s. For more information go to http://childtrendsdatabank.org/indicators/57LowBirthweight.cfm