November 28, 2005

In this Issue:

1. Request for Comments - Part D Discretionary Grant Application--Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Source: Federal Register: November 23, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 225)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services requests comments on the following information collection request:
Title: Part D Discretionary Grant Application--Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Dates: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 23, 2005.
For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-4/112305a.html

2. Society for Research in Child Development Announces Fellowship Opportunities

Source: SRCD - Retrieved November 28, 2005

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is seeking applications for the upcoming Policy Fellowships for a 2006-2007 term. There are currently two types of Fellowships: Congressional and Executive Branch. Both Fellowships provide exciting opportunities for researchers to come to Washington, DC and use developmental science outside of the academic setting to inform public policy. These fellowships are open to doctoral scientists from any discipline relevant to child development, and both early and mid-career professionals are encouraged to apply. The goals of the fellowships are: (1) to contribute to the effective use of scientific knowledge about child development in the formation of public policy ; (2) to educate the scientific community about the development of public policy; and (3) to establish a more effective liaison between developmental scientists and the Federal policy-making mechanisms.

Fellowships run from September 1st through August 31st. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2005. For more information, visit http://www.SRCD.org/policyfellowships.html.

3. Request For Applications - Developing Methodologies to Determine the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Early Childhood and Young Adult Populations

Source: CDC - Retrieved November 28, 2005

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published the following request for applications:

Title:Developing Methodologies to Determine the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Early Childhood and Young Adult Populations. Summary: The purpose of this program is to design or enhance methodologies for identification of early childhood and young adult populations with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) as a prototype for other developmental disabilities (DDs). Total amount to be awarded: $600,000. Anticipated number of awards: Four under this announcement. Within the competition, four awards will be made; to the two highest ranked applications in each of the two age groups (i.e., early childhood or young adult)

Letter of Intent Receipt Date: December 5, 2005
Application Receipt Date: January 5, 2006
For complete information go to http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/DD06-001.htm [Note: Link checked on 9/12/2007 - this document is no longer available online. For more recent grant announcements from the CDC go to http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/FOAs.htm]

4. 2006-2007 Head Start Fellowships Applications

Source: Head Start Bureau - November 21, 2005

Individuals who are working in the field of child development and family services are encouraged to apply to become Head Start Fellows. The brochure that describes the leadership development program and an application form are available on-line at http://www.headstartinfo.org/partnership/fellows.htm

5. National Inclusive Schools Week - Information on Promoting Inclusive Services for Young Children

Source: www.inclusiveschools.org - November 28, 2005

We want to call your attention to National Inclusive Schools Week and the ideas and resources for celebrating inclusive schools at http://www.inclusiveschools.org/. Although the title is "Schools" there is much that is applicable and appropriate for promoting inclusive services for young children. One paper included on this site is, INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS: Good for Kids - Reconsidering Our Definition of Inclusion and Redefining Its Outcomes for All Children, by Ilene S. Schwartz, University of Washington and Charlene Green, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada. It is available at http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agexed/leap/aee535/InclusiveSchools.pdf.

6. Still Going Strong: Head Start Children, Families, Staff, and Programs in 2004

Source: CLASP - November 21, 2005

Still Going Strong: Head Start Children, Families, Staff, and Programs in 2004 by Katie Hamm and Danielle Ewen. As Congress considers legislation to reauthorize the federal Head Start program, this new policy brief from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) examines the latest data from the Program Information Reports that all Head Start grantees must submit to the U.S. Department of Health. In 2004, Head Start continued to provide early education services and medical, dental, and mental health screenings for poor children, as well as comprehensive supports for families. The number of teachers with degrees grew substantially in 2004—65 percent of teachers had an Associate's Degree or higher. Less than half of eligible children, however, receive Head Start services. The full report is available online at http://www.clasp.org/publications/headstart_brief_6.pdf

7. Essential Skills for OT Practitioner During Intervention

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - November 21, 2005

Families of children with disabilities play a central role in interventions and practitioners need certain skills and knowledge to work effectively with them. This new snapshot from the FPG Child Development Institute, Essential Skills for OT Practitioner During Intervention, sheds light on the expansion of practitioners' roles, the importance of family-centered approaches to intervention, and practitioner skills—including positive communication—that result in successful intervention. Available online at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~images/pdfs/snapshots/snap26.pdf