In this Issue:
Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - Retrieved March 1, 2005
All Together Now: State Experiences in Using Community-Based Child Care to Provide Prekindergarten -- This new paper was commissioned by the Brookings Institution as part of a conference on "Creating a National Plan for the Education of 4-Year Olds" sponsored by Brookings Welfare Reform and Beyond Initiatives and the National Prekindergarten Center at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The paper studies the emergence of the mixed delivery model, in which pre-kindergarten is delivered in community-based settings and schools. It describes findings of a CLASP survey of states that was undertaken to understand the policy choices, opportunities, and challenges of including community-based child care providers in their pre-kindergarten programs. Available at http://www.clasp.org/publications/cc_brief5.pdf
Source: edicsweb.ed.gov - March 8, 2005
Part C and Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) packages are now available online.
Source: Federal Register: March 8, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 44)
Purpose of Program: The purpose of the program is to: (1) Improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology, (2) support educational media services activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting to children with disabilities, and (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom setting. Applicants must--
For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2005-1/030805h.html
Source: The Commonwealth Fund - Retrieved March 10, 2005
A number of child health initiatives in recent years have sought to promote greater use of preventive and developmental services in pediatric primary care—particularly for children in low-income families, whose unmet health care needs have been a persistent national problem. One program in particular, Healthy Steps for Young Children, has yielded significant improvements ... Healthy Steps incorporates enhanced preventive, developmental, and behavioral services into primary care for children from birth to age 3. The program's most distinctive feature is the addition of child development specialists to pediatric practices to assist with monitoring development, promoting good health practices, making home visits, and responding to parental concerns about infant and toddler development and behavior.
To access the findings from two new analyses of the program go to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=265002