July 8, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. Focus on Early Childhood Education from the Harvard Education Letter
      Source: Harvard Education Letter - Retrieved July 8, 2005
  2. GAO Update on the Number of Prekindergarten Care and Education Programs
      Source: Government Accountability Office - July 2, 2005
  3. Tom Luce Confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Education
      Source: Dept. of Ed Press Release - July 1, 2005
  4. Funding Opportunity: Consortium for Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN)
      Source: Children's Bureau - July 1, 2005

1. Focus on Early Childhood Education from the Harvard Education Letter

Source: Harvard Education Letter - Retrieved July 8, 2005

A growing body of research demonstrates the critical role high-quality early childhood education plays in students' success, not only in the elementary grades but throughout their lives. The decisions we make now about the ways in which today's preschool and early elementary students are taught will affect our entire society for many years to come. "Focus on Early Childhood Education" is an ongoing series of articles on education in preschool through grade three from the Harvard Education Letter. The current issue is available at http://www.hel-earlyed.org/. It contains the following articles:

  • Early Childhood Education at a Crossroads: Access to preschool has come a long way, but critical choices lie ahead
  • Preschool Enrollment - Equal Access for All?
  • Bridging the PreK-Elementary Divide: Concerns about early achievement gaps prompt programs that link prekindergarten with elementary school
  • Three Promising Initiatives
  • From Literacy to Learning: An interview with Catherine Snow
  • Family Income and School Readiness

2. GAO Update on the Number of Prekindergarten Care and Education Programs

Source: Government Accountability Office - July 2, 2005

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released the following correspondence: GAO Update on the Number of Prekindergarten Care and Education Programs. GAO-05-678R. This letter updates a list originally compiled in 2000 of federal programs providing or supporting education or care for children under the age of 5. Available online at: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05678r.pdf.

3. Tom Luce Confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Education

Source: Dept. of Ed Press Release - July 1, 2005

The United States Senate has confirmed Tom Luce as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education. Luce joins the Department after serving as chairman of Just for the Kids, a Texas non-profit organization he founded in 1995, and as chairman of the National Center for Educational Accountability, a joint venture of the Education Commission of the States, the University of Texas and Just for the Kids. In his new role, Luce will focus on developing and coordinating K-12 and higher education policy at the Department, including the No Child Left Behind Act, the President's high school reform initiative and special education. To read the full press release go to http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2005/07/07012005.html

4. Funding Opportunity: Consortium for Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN)

Source: Children's Bureau - July 1, 2005

Federal Agency Name: Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau

Funding Opportunity Title: Consortium for Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN)

Executive Summary: The purpose of these grants is to support a fourth implementation phase of the Consortium for Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect, which is conducting and coordinating prospective studies of young children who are at risk or who have already experienced maltreatment. These studies are expected to contribute to the knowledge of the etiology and consequences of child maltreatment, and provide new insights into the prevention, identification and treatment of maltreatment.

For complete information go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/HHS-2005-ACF-ACYF-CA-0087.html [Note: Link checked on 11/26/2007 - this document is no longer available online. For other ACF grant opportunities go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/ ].