April 22, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. Fourth Quarter 2004 OSEP Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities
      Source: www.ed.gov - Retrieved April 21, 2005
  2. Head Start Hispanic Service Institution Partnerships
      Source: Federal Register - April 19, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 74)
  3. State Maternal And Child Health Early Childhood Comprehensive System Grants (SECCS)
      Source: U.S. Department of Heatlh and Human Services - April 18, 2005
  4. Addressing Social-Emotional Development and Infant Mental Health in Early Childhood Systems
      Source: AMCHP Pulse for Partners - April 15, 2005
  5. Guidance from OSEP on Changes in the IDEA 2004 Statute
      Source: The Special Ed Advocate - April 20, 2005 (Issue 306)

1. Fourth Quarter 2004 OSEP Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities

Source: www.ed.gov - Retrieved April 21, 2005

Correspondence from the Department of Education received by individuals during the 4th quarter of 2004 that describes the interpretations of the Department of Education of the IDEA or the regulations that implement the IDEA is available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2004-4/index.html

2. Head Start Hispanic Service Institution Partnerships

Source: Federal Register - April 19, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 74)

The Head Start Bureau is announcing the availability of funds and request for applications for professional development and training grants for institutions of higher education with experience and capability in educating and preparing professionals to work effectively with Hispanic young children and families, in partnership with Head Start, Migrant Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The Head Start-Higher Education Hispanic Service Institution Partnership (HS-HEHSIPs) program is funded to improve the quality and long-term effectiveness of program services to Hispanic children and their families by developing academic and other training models and forming partnerships between institutions of higher education and Head Start, Migrant Head Start, and Early Head Start programs.

Letter of intent is due May 19, 2005.
Application is due June 20, 2005
For more information go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-7794.htm

3. State Maternal And Child Health Early Childhood Comprehensive System Grants (SECCS)

Source: U.S. Department of Heatlh and Human Services - April 18, 2005

The purpose of the State Maternal and Child Health Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (SECCS) Grant Program is to help States plan, develop, and ultimately implement collaborations and partnerships to support families and communities to raise children that are healthy and ready to learn at school entry. The SECCS initiative is a two-stage process consisting of planning and implementation grants. Applicants under this announcement have the option of applying for: 1) a Planning Continuation grant to continue to develop their systems development plan for one additional year; or 2) if the applicant can demonstrate that the components required for the completion of the planning process are in place, a three year Implementation grant to begin implementation of their systems development plans... In addition, applicants for Implementation grants only may, using an additional budget and narrative justification, also apply for an Implementation Enhancement award of one year's duration in addition to the Implementation grant.

ELIGIBILITY: State governments
APPLICATION AVAILABILITY DATE: April 18, 2005
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 27, 2005
PROJECTED AWARD DATE: August 01, 2005

For complete information go to http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/preview/mch.htm#hrsa05033

4. Addressing Social-Emotional Development and Infant Mental Health in Early Childhood Systems

Source: AMCHP Pulse for Partners - April 15, 2005

A new report from the National Center for Infant and Early Childhood Health Policy introduces the field of social and emotional development in young children and infants, presents a model of a broad system of care, and offers policy recommendations for the State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems initiative. It is available at http://www.healthychild.ucla.edu/Publications/Documents/IMHFinal.pdf [Note: Link checked on 5/6/2009 - this link is no longer active. The executive summary is available through ERIC at http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2sql/content_storage_01/0000019b/80/29/89/a6.pdf and the full summary is available through ERIC at http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2sql/content_storage_01/0000019b/80/29/8b/e3.pdf]

5. Guidance from OSEP on Changes in the IDEA 2004 Statute

Source: The Special Ed Advocate - April 20, 2005 (Issue 306)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 takes effect on July 1, 2005. To provide guidance about how to implement the new law, the U. S. Department of Education is publishing documents to "support constituents in preparing to implement the new requirements." Each document focuses on a specific topic or legal issue (IEPs, assessments, discipline, procedural safeguards, etc.). The documents have been reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), for consistency with IDEA 2004. They have been posted on the Wrightslaw Web site at http://www.wrightslaw.com/idea/osep.statute.htm