January 13, 2006

In this Issue:

1. Governors' Summits on Early Childhood: Request for Grant Proposals

Source: NGA Center - Retrieved January 13, 2006

With generous support from the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) invites governors' offices to apply for $10,000 competitive grants to support up to five (5) Governors' Summits on Early Childhood in the next year. The intent is to assist governors who are seeking to raise awareness and support for a comprehensive school readiness policy agenda for children ages birth to five. The competitive RFP process is open to all states and U.S. territories that are in good standing with NGA. Proposals Due: 5 PM ET Wednesday, March 1, 2006. For complete information go to http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/06EARLYCHILDHOODSUMMIT.pdf.

2. Technical Assistance Center on Evidence-Based Practices To Improve Early Literacy and Language Development of Young Children With Disabilities: Notice Inviting Applications

Source: Federal Register: January 11, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 7)

Title: Technical Assistance Center on Evidence-Based Practices To Improve Early Literacy and Language Development of Young Children With Disabilities; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006

Category: Grant Notice

Issuing Agency: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Priority: The Technical Assistance Center on Evidence-Based Practice to Improve Early Literacy and Language Development of Young Children with Disabilities (the Center) is designed to build on the existing database of evidence-based and promising intervention practices and to identify, disseminate, and assist in the implementation of the most successful practices available that improve the early literacy and language outcomes of young children with disabilities. For purposes of this priority, young children with disabilities mean children from birth through age five with developmental delays and diagnosed disabilities ...

Applications Available: January 13, 2006.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 27, 2006.
For complete inforamtion go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2006-1/011106a.html.

3. New RAND Corporation Study: Early Childhood Interventions: Proven Results, Future Promise

Source: Rand Corporation - January 12, 2006

A new study by the RAND Corporation describes the benefits of high-quality early childhood programs, important features associated with successful programs, and the benefits to society of investing early in the lives of disadvantaged children. The report states that well-designed programs can produce economic benefits ranging from $1.26 to $17 for each $1 spent. To read the full press release go to http://www.rand.org/news/press.06/01.12.html. A related research brief is available at http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9144/.

4. Early Childhood Education: Investing In Quality Makes Sense

Source: AERA - Research Points - Fall 2005

Today, nearly four out of five states invest in preschool programs. However, states' financial commitment to early childhood education, their eligibility requirements, and the number of children who actually receive care vary widely, making high-quality and readily available state-funded preschool programs the exception rather than the rule. This new research brief from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) describes the major components and benefits of high-quality programs, and provides tips on what policymakers can do to encourage quality early childhood education programs. Available online at http://www.aera.net/uploadedFiles/Journals_and_Publications/Research_Points/RPFall05.pdf.

5. Early Intervention Contributes to Familiesí Quality of Life

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - January 6, 2006

Infants and toddlers with disabilities in the U.S. and their families are eligible for early intervention services under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The results of a major study recently published in Pediatrics shows that early intervention has an overall positive effect on these families. This Snapshot from the FPG Child Development Institute summarizes the findings. Available at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~images/pdfs/snapshots/snap27.pdf.

6. 2006 National TA Conference Calls on Mental Health Systems of Care

Source: GUCCHD - Retrieved January 13, 2006

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health, located at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, recently posted a list of 2006 National TA conference calls on mental health systems of care. For complete information go to http://gucchd.georgetown.edu/programs/ta_center/tacalls.html.

7. Notice Announcing Availability of Grants for Educating Public and Nonpublic School Students Displaced by Hurricanes Katrina or Rita

Source: Federal Register: January 12, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 8)

Under the Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students (Emergency Impact Aid) program (section 107 of the Hurricane Education Recovery Act, Division B, Title IV of Pub. L. 109-148 (the Act)), grants will be awarded to eligible State educational agencies (SEAs) to enable them to make emergency impact aid payments to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) and eligible BIA-funded schools for the cost of educating public and nonpublic school students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina or Rita during school year 2005-2006. Under the Assistance for Homeless Youth program (section 106 of the Act), grants will be awarded to eligible SEAs to enable them to provide financial assistance to LEAs serving homeless children and youth displaced by Hurricanes Katrina or Rita in order to address the educational and related needs of these students in a manner consistent with section 723 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

An SEA will not apply separately for funding under the Emergency Impact Aid and Assistance for Homeless Youth programs. Rather, an SEA will submit a single application that covers both programs ... SEA Application Deadline: February 2, 2006. For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2006-1/011206c.html.