June 10, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. HHS Releases Head Start Impact Study
      Source: Head Start Press Release - June 9, 2005
  2. New Resources from the Center for Evidence-Based Practice (CEBP)
      Source: CEBP - June 8, 2005
  3. Preparing for Success: How Head Start Helps Children with Disabilities and Their Families
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - Retrieved June 6, 2005
  4. Comment Request - Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort: Kindergarten and First Grade Field Test and Full Scale
      Source: Federal Register: June 3, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 106)
  5. The Condition of Education 2005
      Source: ed.gov - June 1, 2005
  6. Early Childhood Outcomes Center Presents Recommendations to OSEP for Revised State Performance Plan Items
      Source: Early Childhood Outcomes Center - Retrieved June 10, 2005

1. HHS Releases Head Start Impact Study

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 http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20050609.html
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

2. New Resources from the Center for Evidence-Based Practice (CEBP)

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:

  • Supporting Infants and Toddlers with Challenging Behavior
  • Linking Social Development and School Readiness to Behavior
  • Program Practices for Promoting the Social Development of Young Children and Addressing Challenging Behavior
These handouts can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.challengingbehavior.org/do/resources/tacsei_resources_all.htm.

CEBP also has presentation materials available for individuals to use in their own programs on the following topics:

  • Impact and Prevalence: This presentation developed by Matt Timm and Lise Fox discusses the prevalence of social emotional issues and challenging behaviors in preschoolers as well as the impact that these issues have on children later in life if left untreated
  • Effective Practices for Preventing and Addressing Young Children's Challenging Behaviors developed by Mary Louise Hemmeter
PowerPoint presentations for these topics and their accompanying handouts are available at: http://www.challengingbehavior.org/communities/trainers.htm

3. Preparing for Success: How Head Start Helps Children with Disabilities and Their Families

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

4. Comment Request - Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort: Kindergarten and First Grade Field Test and Full Scale

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.

5. The Condition of Education 2005

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/.

6. Early Childhood Outcomes Center Presents Recommendations to OSEP for Revised State Performance Plan Items

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:

  • Child Outcomes for Part C
  • Child Outcomes for Part B Preschool
  • Family Outcomes for Part C
  • Family Outcomes for Part B Preschool
These recommendations are based on what the ECO Center has learned in its work on outcomes and indicators and on input received on a previous draft of this document from its stakeholder groups: the Part C Coordinators Work Group, the 619 Coordinators Work Group, the Family Work Group, the Child Technical Work Group, and the Family Technical Work Group). They are available online at http://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/eco/ECO_response_to_OSEP_5-9-05.pdf