June 3, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. IDEA Public Meetings
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - May 25, 2005
  2. An Analysis of States' Early Learning Standards
      Source: SERVE Center for Continuous Improvement - Retrieved May 31, 2005
  3. Request for Comments - The Head Start National Training and Technical Assistance Quality Assurance Study
      Source: Federal Register: May 24, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 99)
  4. Success Stories: State Investment in Early Care and Education in Illinois, North Carolina and Rhode Island
      Source: Alliance for Early Childhood Finance - Retrieved May 24, 2005
  5. Fostering State and Regional Improvement Partnerships to Promote Child Developmental and Preventive Services
      Source: NICHQ - May 24, 2005

1. IDEA Public Meetings

Source: U.S. Department of Education - May 25, 2005

John H. Hager, assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education, is pleased to share with you the schedule for a series of public meetings to be held following publication of the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to seek input on the proposed regulations to implement programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004).

Please note that a Federal Register notice scheduled for publication in the next few days reflects a change in the date for one of the public meetings. The meeting in San Antonio, Texas, previously announced in the Federal Register to take place on Monday, June 6, 2005, is now rescheduled for Thursday, July 7, 2005. A complete list of meetings, locations and times is available at http://www.nectac.org/announce/AAIDEAPM.htm

2. An Analysis of States' Early Learning Standards

Source: SERVE Center for Continuous Improvement - Retrieved May 31, 2005

Inside The Content: The Breadth and Depth of Early Learning Standards. (2005). This report details results from a content analysis conducted on 38 sets of early learning standards available for review in November 2003. The report provides an in-depth look at the areas of children's learning and development that have and have not been addressed in early learning standards developed by states to define expectations for preschool-age children.

Executive Summary - http://www.serve.org/_downloads/publications/insidecontentes.pdf
Full Report - http://www.serve.org/_downloads/publications/insidecontentfr.pdf

3. Request for Comments - The Head Start National Training and Technical Assistance Quality Assurance Study

Source: Federal Register: May 24, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 99)

Early Head Start and Head Start directors, coordinators, specialists, center administrators, teachers, and home visitors; locally-based TA specialists; university-based HEG project directors, university faculty, Head Start program administrators, and Head Start program staff and teachers are asked to comment on the proposed Head Start National Training and Technical Assistance Quality Assurance study. The study is being undertaken to document and provide feedback on the work of the newly designed Head Start Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) system. A comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. For complete information go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-10339.htm

4. Success Stories: State Investment in Early Care and Education in Illinois, North Carolina and Rhode Island

Source: Alliance for Early Childhood Finance - Retrieved May 24, 2005

Success Stories: State Investment in Early Care and Education in Illinois, North Carolina and Rhode Island describes three states that have stepped forward to make their own investments in early care and education services, with the investments often serving as engines for efforts to raise the quality of services and to forge them into more cohesive systems. Using an admittedly crude measure (total state funds invested in child care and prekindergarten services and infrastructure compared to the number of resident children under age five), the per child investment ranges from $584 in North Carolina to $650 in Illinois to over $1,000 in Rhode Island. The report tells the story of how each state secured these investments and discusses the factors common to their success. Hard copies are available upon request from Smart Start's National Technical Assistance Center (gscobb@smartstart-nc.org) or can be downloaded at: Ahttp://www.earlychildhoodfinance.org/Publications/SuccessStoriesPDFDraft2.pdf

5. Fostering State and Regional Improvement Partnerships to Promote Child Developmental and Preventive Services

Source: NICHQ - May 24, 2005

The Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) Improvement Partnership Initiative of the University of Vermont, supported by the Fund and the Vermont Department of Health, will be teaming up with the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), to build state and regional capacity for enhancing developmental and preventive services for young children. Five states or regions will be selected through an application process to form Improvement Partnerships. Chosen states/regions will recruit and support physician practices and clinics in a project that uses a systems-based approach to improve developmental or preventive services for children age 5 and younger.

Completed applications must be submitted via e-mail by 11:59 PM PDT on June 17, 2005. For more information, go to http://www.nichq.org/NICHQ/Programs/CollaborativeLearning/ImprovementPartnership.htm [Note: Link checked on 11/26/2007 - this document is no longer available online].