December 22, 2005

In this Issue:

1. Children Born in 2001: First Results From the Base Year of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)

Source: Education Statistics Quarterly - Retrieved December 22, 1005

This report provides descriptive information about children born in the United States in 2001. It presents information on certain child and family characteristics, on children's mental and physical skills, on children's first experiences in child care, and on the fathers of these children. The report profiles data from a nationally representative sample of children at about 9 months of age, both overall and for various subgroups (i.e., male and female, children from different racial/ethnic groups, and children living in different types of families). Available at http://nces.ed.gov/programs/quarterly/vol_6/6_4/3_1.asp

2. Helping Children Rebound: Strategies for Preschool Teachers After the 2005 Hurricanes

Source: www.teachingstrategies.com - Retrieved December 19, 2005

This guide from Teaching Strategies, Inc. is based on the Creative Curriculum for Preschool. It contains information on how children develop and learn, creating a positive learning environment, what children learn, the teacher's role, and the family's role. It also helps teachers set up interest areas that provide children with the opportunity to cope with disruption in their lives as they reenact their experiences. Teachers are given guidance on how they can purposefully observe what children do and say, reflect on these observations, and respond in supportive ways. To download a free copy go to http://www.teachingstrategies.com/content/pageDocs/Katrina_1005_final_web.pdf

3. New Transition Alert from the National Early Childhood Transition Center

Source: NECTC - December 19, 2005

The National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) recently published a new Transition Alert which reviews the December 14, 2005 Government Accounting Office (GAO) Report: Education Should Provide Additional Guidance to Help States Smoothly Transition Children to Preschool. It is available online at http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/NECTC/Documents/TRANSITIONALERTS/GAO%20Report%20Alert.pdf.

The Alert also provides information on several products NECTC is working on that may be of interest to families and professionals who work with young children with disabilities. Most or these products are available on the NECTC Web site at http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/NECTC/.

4. Notice Inviting Applications - Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities Center to Support Technology Innovation for Students with Disabilities

Source: Federal Register: December 16, 2005

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services recently published the following notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2006: Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities Center to Support Technology Innovation for Students with Disabilities [CFDA# 84.327Z]. 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. Applications Available: December 16, 2005. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 2, 2006.

For additional information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2005-4/121605e.html