June 30, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. Model Demonstration Centers on Progress Monitoring: Notice Inviting Applications - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
      Source: Federal Register: June 30, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 125)
  2. Summary Report - From Blueprint to Reality: Early Learning Guidelines Implementation
      Source: Child Care Bureau - Retrieved June 30, 2005
  3. New At-A-Glance Issue Briefs from the National Infant Toddler Child Care Initiative
      Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - Retrieved June 30, 2005
  4. NGA Releases Analysis on Aligning Federal Education Laws, Preschool to College
      Source: National Governors' Association - June 23, 2005
  5. State Child Welfare Legislation: 2004
      Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - Retrieved June 30, 2005
  6. Early Education in the States: A Year in Review: 2004
      Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - June 22, 2005

1. Model Demonstration Centers on Progress Monitoring: Notice Inviting Applications - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Source: Federal Register: June 30, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 125)

Funding Opportunity Description: The purpose of this program is to promote academic achievement and improve results for children with disabilities by supporting technical assistance, model demonstration projects, dissemination of useful information, and implementation activities that are supported by scientifically based research.

Background: Progress monitoring offers an economical and efficient strategy for measuring student performance and growth and, consistent with the No Child Left Behind Act and IDEA, for improving the achievement of children with disabilities ... Given the growing body of evidence around the importance of school readiness skills and intervening early, progress monitoring for preschool-age children is emerging as an appropriate focus for research ... For preschool-age children, progress monitoring would involve a process targeting readiness goals: establishing readiness goals for all children in a classroom, determining the method for measuring progress towards these goals, and reporting data outcomes in a way that is easily understood by educators, parents, and children.

For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2005-2/063005b.html

2. Summary Report - From Blueprint to Reality: Early Learning Guidelines Implementation

Source: Child Care Bureau - Retrieved June 30, 2005

The Child Care Bureau has released a summary report, From Blueprint to Reality: Early Learning Guidelines Implementation, which summarizes highlights of the Good Start, Grow Smart State Early Learning Guidelines Roundtable held October 13, 2004 in Washington, DC. The meeting brought together 10 States to share their experiences in implementing early learning guidelines (ELGs) across early childhood programs. The States discussed how they have integrated ELGs into their training and professional development systems, and how their evaluation and assessment efforts are helping to show specific outcomes from these activities. The report is meant to help other States and local communities as they enhance their early care and education systems. It can also inform the work of Federal agencies as they support the implementation of the GSGS initiative and work with States and communities to strengthen early learning. Available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ccb//initiatives/gsgs/gsgs_roundtable/preface.htm

3. New At-A-Glance Issue Briefs from the National Infant Toddler Child Care Initiative

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - Retrieved June 30, 2005

A series of new At-A-Glance Issue Briefs from the National Infant Toddler Child Care Initiative were recently released at the June 05 Birth-to-Three PreConference. These include:

  • Financing Infant & Toddler Child Care
  • Early Childhood Systems Planning for Infants and Toddlers
  • A Place at the Policy Table for Infants and Toddlers
  • Evaluation and Infant/Toddler Child Care
  • Infant and Toddler Child Care Public Knowledge and Engagement
To read these, as well as a statement on Federal Foster Care Financing by Matthew Melmed, Executive Director of ZERO TO THREE go to http://nccic.org/itcc/publications/index.htm

4. NGA Releases Analysis on Aligning Federal Education Laws, Preschool to College

Source: National Governors' Association - June 23, 2005

The National Governors Association (NGA) assembled leading education experts, from preschool through college (P-16), to brainstorm solutions to align the nation's federal education laws in Washington recently ... The nation's governors support aligning all five major federal education laws--Head Start; the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB); the Carl D. Perkins Vocational-Technical Education Act; and the Higher Education Act--from pre-school through college to support state P-16 efforts and to foster state innovation, eliminate costly duplication and improve education outcomes for all students. To read the NGA's preliminary analysis on the relationship between major federal educations laws go to http://www.nga.org/cda/files/0506P16overview.pdf

5. State Child Welfare Legislation: 2004

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - Retrieved June 30, 2005

State law is an important part of the foundation of each state's response to child maltreatment. It also provides the legal framework for state legislators' oversight of the child welfare agencies that are charged with protecting children's safety and meeting their permanency and well-being needs. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) highlights state child welfare legislation through its State Child Welfare Legislation reports. This report documents significant state legislation enacted during calendar year 2004. Available at http://www.ncsl.org/print/cyf/cwlegislation04.pdf

6. Early Education in the States: A Year in Review: 2004

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - June 22, 2005

Early Education in the States: A Year in Review 2004 provides a detailed analysis and summary of legislative activity on early education issues in 2004 legislative sessions. The report includes an introduction to preschool and early childhood programs; a summary of research on child outcomes and economic data about early education; a description of the role of legislators; a narrative summary of state legislative actions on prekindergarten and early education including proposed bills and enacted legislation; and a state-by-state compilation of individual legislation including act/bill numbers and legislative summaries. Available online at http://www.ncsl.org/print/cyf/prekreport.pdf