March 4, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. Part B and Part C Grant Award Applications Packets Now Available Online
      Source: www.ed.gov - March 4, 2005
  2. Notices Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
      Source: Federal Register: March 3, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 41)
  3. Stephanie Lee Resigns As Director Of OSEP; Assistant Secretary Hager Announces Personnel Changes At OSERS
      Source: CEC Public Policy Update - March 3, 2005
  4. Head Start Program Fact Sheet for FY 2004
      Source: What's New at Head Start - March 1, 2005
  5. CDC Launches "Learn The Signs. Act Early." Campaign
      Source: HHS Weekly Report - March 1, 2005
  6. Closing Achievement Gaps
      Source: The Future of Children - March 2, 2005
  7. State Data Provide Key Information on Risk Factors for Infant Maltreatment
      Source: Children's Bureau Express - March 1, 2005

1. Part B and Part C Grant Award Applications Packets Now Available Online

Source: www.ed.gov - March 4, 2005

The 2005 Part B and Part C Grant Award Applications Packets from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) are now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/osep/2005apps.html

2. Notices Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

Source: Federal Register: March 3, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 41)

3. Stephanie Lee Resigns As Director Of OSEP; Assistant Secretary Hager Announces Personnel Changes At OSERS

Source: CEC Public Policy Update - March 3, 2005

On March 1, Stephanie Lee, Director of the Office of Special Education Programs at the Department of Education, announced her resignation. Lee had been the director of OSEP since 2002 ... On March 2, Assistant Secretary John Hager, the head of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), under which OSEP falls, sent a memo outlining further personnel changes at OSERS. For more information go to http://www.cec.sped.org/am/template.cfm?section=Home [Note: Link checked on 01/31/2008 - this document is no longer available online]

4. Head Start Program Fact Sheet for FY 2004

Source: What's New at Head Start - March 1, 2005

The Head Start Program Fact Sheet for FY 2004 is available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs/about/fy2004.html. Actual figures for Fiscal Year 2004 and appropriations for FY 2005 are presented. Program statistics for enrollment, number of grantees, and state allocations and enrollments are also included.

5. CDC Launches "Learn The Signs. Act Early." Campaign

Source: HHS Weekly Report - March 1, 2005

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with a coalition of national partners, recently launched a public awareness campaign to help parents learn more about the importance of measuring their child's social and emotional progress in the first few years of life. The campaign, "Learn the Signs. Act Early," is designed to educate parents about early childhood development, including potential early warning signs of autism and other developmental disabilities. For more information or to request materials call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4656) or visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/actearly/

6. Closing Achievement Gaps

Source: The Future of Children - March 2, 2005

The Future of Children has just released a new policy brief entitled Closing Achievement Gaps, as a companion piece for its latest volume, School Readiness: Closing Racial and Ethnic Gaps. The new policy brief is available online at http://www.futureofchildren.org/pubs-info2825/pubs-info_show.htm?doc_id=255946

7. State Data Provide Key Information on Risk Factors for Infant Maltreatment

Source: Children's Bureau Express - March 1, 2005

Children under the age of 1 year account for the largest percentage of maltreatment victims in this country. In a recent study, researchers investigated perinatal and sociodemographic risk factors associated with infant maltreatment. The study involved nearly 4,500 infants in Florida with a verified report of maltreatment prior to the age of 1 year. Data were gathered from several State databases, including Vital Statistics (birth certificates), Child Protective Services, and Medicaid. Of the 15 risk factors included in the analysis, 11 were associated with infant maltreatment. The five most significant risk factors were:

  • Smoking during pregnancy
  • More than two siblings
  • Medicaid beneficiary
  • Unmarried marital status
  • Low birth weight
Results showed that mothers and infants with at least four of the top five risk factors had maltreatment rates seven times higher than the population average. Moreover, mothers with at least three of these five risk factors accounted for more than one-half of all infant maltreatment cases.

Findings from this study have implications for both policy and practice. Because all data were gathered from State data sources, this study can serve as an example of how other States might use their own data to develop an epidemiologic risk-assessment tool to identify families to participate in child abuse prevention programs. In terms of practice, programs working with pregnant women can place a greater emphasis on addressing stress and other underlying conditions that contribute to tobacco use. This article, "Risk factors for Infant Maltreatment: A Population-Based Study," is available in the December 2004 issue of Child Abuse and Neglect. Copies can be purchased from the publisher at http://authors.elsevier.com/JournalDetail.html?PubID=586&Precis=DESC