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Source: Head Start Press Release - June 9, 2005
HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt today announced the initial findings of a study on the impacts of the Head Start program. The report, entitled Head Start Impact Study: First Year Findings, indicates that while children in Head Start reap positive benefits, on most measures Head Start graduates and enrollees continue to lag significantly behind children from more economically advantaged families.
To view the full press release go to
To view the full report, go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hs/impact_study/reports/first_yr_finds/firstyr_finds_title.html
Source: CEBP - June 8, 2005
The Center for Evidence-Based Practice (CEBP) has created three new handouts that provide professionals and family members evidence-based recommendations on a variety of topics:
CEBP also has presentation materials available for individuals to use in their own programs on the following topics:
Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - Retrieved June 6, 2005
In 2004, 13 percent of the children in Head Start and Early Head Start (more than 134,000 children) were diagnosed with a disability; the great majority of these children received special education and related services to address their disabilities. This paper, which updates a 2003 paper with the same title, details the requirements that Head Start grantees must meet to serve children with disabilities and provides data on how they are being met. It is available online at http://www.clasp.org/publications/hs_disabilities_updated.pdf
Source: Federal Register: June 3, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 106)
The Department of Education seeks comments on the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), a nationally representative longitudinal study of children born in the year 2001. Children are assessed using state of the art assessment tools, parents are interviewed as well as child care providers and school personnel. Together with the Kindergarten component of this early childhood studies program, the survey informs the research and general community about children's health, early learning, development and education experiences. The focus of this survey is on characteristics of children and their families that influence children's first experiences with the demands of formal schools as well as early health care and in- and out-of-home experiences. For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-2/060305a.html.
Source: ed.gov - June 1, 2005
The Condition of Education is a congressionally mandated report that conveys information on 40 indicators about education in the United States. The indicators cover all aspects of education, from student achievement to school environment and from early childhood through postsecondary education. To read the full press release go to http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2005/06/06012005.html The full text of report, along with related data tables and indicators from previous years, can be viewed today at http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/.
Source: Early Childhood Outcomes Center - Retrieved June 10, 2005
In response to the Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests published in the March 6, 2005 Federal Register, the ECO Center presents its recommendations for revisions to the indicators to be requested from states by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) as part of their Part C State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) Part C Indicator Measurement Table and Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) Part B Indicator Measurement Table. Recommendations are made with regard to four indicator areas: