May 13, 2005

In this Issue:

1. Education Subcommittee Approves Castle Bill to Reform and Reauthorize Head Start Program

Source: News from the Committee on Education and the Workforce - May 11, 2005

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Education Reform today approved legislation that would would reauthorize the Head Start program for five years. The bill, the School Readiness Act of 2005 (H.R. 2123), was approved with bipartisan support by voice vote. The full text of H.R. 2123 is available at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.2123:.

2. Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children With Hearing Loss

Source: What's New in OSERS - Retrieved May 9, 2005

Parents of children with hearing loss can find helpful information and resources in a publication produced for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) by the Academy for Educational Development (AED). Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children with Hearing Loss provides background on early intervention, the use of technology and other support available to children and their families. Available at: http://www2.ed.gov/products/opening_doors/opening_doors.pdf.

3. Massive National Study Finds Many Prekindergarten Teachers Underpaid; Others Lacking Required Credentials

Source: NIEER Media Center - May 3, 2005

Seven out of ten teachers in state-funded prekindergarten programs earn salaries in the low-income category and one in six works a second job to make ends meet, according to a just-released report from the National Prekindergarten Study. The study is the first ever to explore how effectively the mandates of state prekindergarten programs are implemented at the classroom level. Among the findings: It is not uncommon for prekindergarten teachers to lack the basic educational credentials required by their state. One in four prekindergarten teachers does not have a bachelor's degree. To read the full press release, go to http://nieer.org/mediacenter/index.php?PressID=44. The report, Who's Teaching Our Youngest Students? is available at http://nieer.org/resources/files/NPSteachers.pdf

4. Key Measurement Issues in Screening, Referral, and Follow-Up Care for Young Children's Social and Emotional Development

Source: National Academy for State Health Policy - Retrieved May 12, 2005

Key Measurement Issues in Screening, Referral, and Follow-Up Care for Young Children's Social and Emotional Development - This report is designed to assist states in assessing the effectiveness of their efforts to strengthen mental health services for very young children. The paper is an outgrowth of the work being conducted by the five states involved in the ABCD II Consortium, a project of NASHP and the Commonwealth Fund that seeks to improve the delivery of services needed by very young children to ensure their healthy mental development. All five states needed reliable and valid measures to inform implementation efforts and ongoing program evaluation. This technical report, based on the work of the ABCD II states, is meant to provide tips and tools to other states interested in undertaking similar work and facing similar financial and data constraints. C. Peck Reuland, C. Bethell. April 2005. 32pp. Funded by The Commonwealth Fund. Available online at http://www.nashp.org/Files/measurement_paper_for_web_final_4.7.05.pdf