December 16, 2005

In this Issue:

1. Notice Inviting Applications - Personnel Preparation to Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities: Center on High Quality Personnel in Inclusive Preschool Settings

Source: Federal Register: December 12, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 237)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services recently published the following notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2006: Personnel Preparation to Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities--Center on High Quality Personnel in Inclusive Preschool Settings.

Purpose of Program: The purposes of this program are to (1) help address State-identified needs for highly qualified personnel--in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education--to work with infants or toddlers with disabilities, or children with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the skills and knowledge--derived from practices that have been determined through research and experience to be successful--that are needed to serve those children.

Absolute Priority: Center on High Quality Personnel in Inclusive Preschool Settings
Applications Available: December 13, 2005.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: January 30, 2006.
For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2005-4/121205b.html

2. New GAO Report - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Education Should Provide Additional Guidance to Help States Smoothly Transition Children to Preschool

Source: GAO - December 14, 2005

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released the following new report: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Education Should Provide Additional Guidance to Help States Smoothly Transition Children to Preschool. GAO-06-26, December 14.
Full report - http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0626.pdf
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d0626high.pdf

3. NAEYC Offers Regional One-Day Seminars on New Acceditation Program in Seven U.S. Cities

Source: NAEYC - Retrieved December 16, 2005

NAEYC will bring valuable training and information to regional sites across the country in 2006. The early childhood community is buzzing about the changes to the NAEYC Accreditation process. Now here's your chance to get full information on the changes and the impact to you and your program. For complete information go to http://www.naeyc.org/seminarseries2006/

4. IDEAS to SHARE

Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute (TnT) - Retrieved December 16, 2005

IDEAS to SHARE: This newest section of that Tots 'n Tech Web site features AT ideas from early interventionists around the United States. It is being updated weekly with new categories and new ideas. Available at http://www.asu.edu/clas/tnt/home_files/ideas.htm

5. Study Identifies Mental Illness in Preschoolers

Source: www.chronicle.duke.edu - December 9, 2005

According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Duke's Center for Epidemiology, mental illness may arise at a much earlier age than experts previously thought. Dr. Adrian Angold, associate professor of psychiatry, and Dr. Helen Egger, assistant professor of psychiatry, showed that at least one in ten children between the ages of two and five suffers from an identifiable mental illness ... If accurate, the study's findings indicate that childhood mental illness occurs at a rate similar to that seen in older children and adults. To read more go to http://media.www.dukechronicle.com/media/storage/paper884/news/2005/12/08/News/Study.Identifies.Mental.Illness.In.Preschoolers-1476487.shtml?norewrite200605251547&sourcedomain=www.dukechronicle.com