November 11, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. Grants and Funding Opportunities from the Department of Education
      Source: Department of Education - November 9, 2005
  2. Request for Comments - Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS)
      Source: Federal Register: November 8, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 215)
  3. IDEA Anniversary: "Education News Parents Can Use"
      Source: Dept. of Education - November 9, 2005
  4. New Knowledge Path on Autism Spectrum Disorders
      Source: MCH Library - November 4, 2005
  5. Brief: The National Head Start Impact Study in Context
      Source: Society for Research in Child Development - Retrieved November 8, 2005
  6. New Indicators from the Child Trends Databank on Head Start, IEPs, and Repeating a Grade
      Source: Child Trends Databank - November 3, 2005

1. Grants and Funding Opportunities from the Department of Education

Source: Department of Education - November 9, 2005

The Department of Education recently published two grant announcements in the Federal Register. One will fund Community Parent Resource Centers to serve parents of children with disabilities and the other will fund Parent Training and Information Centers for parents of children with disabilities.

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

Source: Federal Register: November 8, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 215)

The Department of Education invites comments on the following data collection forms:

  • Title: Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS
  • Type of Review: Extension
  • 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 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) measurement and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) reauthorization with data from parents, service providers, and teachers.
  • Dates: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 8, 2005.
  • For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-4/110805b.html

3. IDEA Anniversary: "Education News Parents Can Use"

Source: Dept. of Education - November 9, 2005

Ensuring students with special needs receive the quality education all children deserve is the topic of the November broadcast of Education News Parents Can Use, the U.S. Department of Education's monthly television program on November 15, 8-9 p.m. EST. This broadcast will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, which later became the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The program will profile researched-based, early identification and intervention initiatives, as well as showcase successful inclusion programs in schools. For complete information go to http://registerevent.ed.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewer.description&intEventID=191.

4. New Knowledge Path on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: MCH Library - November 4, 2005

The MCH Library has developed a new knowledge path that includes resources on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) identification and intervention, biomedical research into the causes of autism, challenges associated with the disorder, and its impact on family life. Available at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_autism.html.

5. Brief: The National Head Start Impact Study in Context

Source: Society for Research in Child Development - Retrieved November 8, 2005

From the Office for Policy and Communications of the Society for Research in Child Development, Brief: The National Head Start Impact Study in Context provides a summary of the first-year findings of the Head Start Impact Study. It also aims to help policy makers, practitioners, and the interested public interpret the Head Start Impact Study's first-year findings by placing the results to date in the context of other research on children's development. Available online at http://www.srcd.org/documents/policy/Impactstudy.pdf.

6. New Indicators from the Child Trends Databank on Head Start, IEPs, and Repeating a Grade

Source: Child Trends Databank - November 3, 2005

The following new indicators from the Child Trends DataBank are now available online at http://childtrendsdatabank.org/: