September 2, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. Helping Children Cope with Natural Disasters
      Source: National Child Care Information Center - September 2, 2005
  2. Proposed IDEA Regulations - Comments Are Due on September 6th!
      Source: www.ed.gov - September 1, 2005
  3. Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children With Disabilities - Notice Inviting Applications
      Source: Federal Register: September 1, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 169)
  4. Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS) - Request for Comments
      Source: Federal Register: August 29, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 166)
  5. National Center for Special Education Research Now Part of Institute of Education Sciences
      Source: CEC Policy Update - August 26, 2005
  6. PK-3: An Aligned and Coordinated Approach to Education for Children 3 to 8 Years Old
      Source: Society for Research in Child Development - Retrieved September 2, 2005

1. Helping Children Cope with Natural Disasters

Source: National Child Care Information Center - September 2, 2005

Natural disasters such as hurricanes can leave children of all ages feeling confused and scared. Whether children have personally experienced trauma or have merely seen the event on television or heard it discussed by adults, they struggle to make sense of what they are seeing and hearing. It is important for parents, caregivers, and teachers to help children make sense of what is happening. Adults also need to be informed and ready to help if reactions to stress begin to occur. The National Child Care Information Center has collected a list of online resources that may be useful to parents, caregivers, teachers, and administrators as they help children and youth deal with stress related to natural disasters. Go to http://nccic.org/poptopics/disasters.html

2. Proposed IDEA Regulations - Comments Are Due on September 6th!

Source: www.ed.gov - September 1, 2005

Just a reminder that comments on the proposed IDEA 2004 regulations are due by the September 6, 2005. Written comments or suggestions can be submitted electronically to IDEAComments@ed.gov. Questions can be directed to OSERS' main number, (202) 245-7468, or, if a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) is needed, individuals may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339. You can also read side-by-side comparisons of selected issues in the proposed regulations and the IDEA '97 regulations at http://www.cec.sped.org/Content/NavigationMenu/PolicyAdvocacy/IDEAResources/CEC_s_New_and_Improv.htm.

3. Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children With Disabilities - Notice Inviting Applications

Source: Federal Register: September 1, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 169)

On September 1, 2005, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services released the following notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2006:

Title: Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children With Disabilities
Opportunity Description: The purpose of the program is to: (1) Improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology, (2) support educational media services activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting to children with disabilities, and (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom setting. For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2005-3/090105a.html

4. Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS) - Request for Comments

Source: Federal Register: August 29, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 166)

The Department of Education published the following invitation to comment in the Federal Register on August 29, 2005:

Principal Office: Institute of Education Sciences
Title: Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS) (SC)
Abstract: PEELS will provide the first national picture of experiences and outcomes of three to five year old children in early childhood special education. The study will inform special education policy development and support GPRA measurement and IDEA reauthorization with data from parents, service providers, and teachers
Current Status: pending
Collection is under review by IMG
The 60-day Federal Register Notice was published: 08/29/2005
The 30-day Federal Register Notice has not been published yet
For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-3/082905b.html

5. National Center for Special Education Research Now Part of Institute of Education Sciences

Source: CEC Policy Update - August 26, 2005

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), created during the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA, is now an arm of the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES). As one of four centers within the Institute of Education Sciences, NCSER supports research on special education and related services. As part of its mission to provide research-based education information, IES has numerous grant opportunities on a variety of topics. For additional information on IES and NCSER and to sign up for the IES list serve to receive the latest information go to http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ies/index.html

6. PK-3: An Aligned and Coordinated Approach to Education for Children 3 to 8 Years Old

Source: Society for Research in Child Development - Retrieved September 2, 2005

A new Social Policy Report from the Society for Research in Child Development, PK-3: An Aligned and Coordinated Approach to Education for Children 3 to 8 Years Old summarizes the research basis for the PK-3 approach. Authors Kimber Bogard and Ruby Takanishi review the findings regarding the timing and dosage of early educational experiences, program quality, and teacher preparation and compensation. The report also summarizes the developmental basis for PK-3. Go to Ahttp://srcd.org/documents/publications/SPR/spr19-3.pdf