March 11, 2005

In this Issue:

1. All Together Now: State Experiences in Using Community-Based Child Care to Provide Prekindergarten

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

2. Part C and Part B State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report Packages

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.

3. Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Students with Disabilities; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005

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--

  • Describe a technology-based approach for improving the results of early intervention, or preschool, elementary, middle school, or high school education for children with disabilities. The technology-based approach must be an innovative combination of a new technology and additional materials and methodologies that enable the technology to improve educational or early intervention results for children with disabilities
  • Present a justification, based on scientifically rigorous research or theory that supports the potential effectiveness of the technology-based approach for improving the results of education or early intervention for children with disabilities. Results studied under this priority must focus on child outcomes, rather than on parent or professional outcomes.

For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2005-1/030805h.html

4. Healthy Steps for Young Children: New Findings From Two Analyses

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