February 3, 2006

In this Issue:

1. Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program - Grant Notice

Source: Federal Register: February 1, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 21)

The purpose of the ECEPD program is to enhance the school readiness of young children, particularly disadvantaged young children, and to prevent them from encountering difficulties once they enter school, by improving the knowledge and skills of early childhood educators who work in communities that have high concentrations of children living in poverty.

Projects funded under the ECEPD program provide high-quality, sustained, and intensive professional development for these early childhood educators in how to provide developmentally appropriate school-readiness services for preschool-age children that are based on the best available research on early childhood pedagogy and on child development and learning. For these grants, increased emphasis is being placed on the quality of program evaluations for the proposed projects.

Applications Available: February 6, 2006.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 7, 2006.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 6, 2006.
More information is available at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2006-1/020106a.html

2. Partnership for America’s Economic Success: Investing in Children - Request for Initial Research Proposals

Source: Committee for Economic Development - February 3, 2006

Partnerships for America's Economic Success is inviting organizations and individuals to submit initial, short proposals to undertake research projects aimed at documenting the connection between early childhood policies and investments in economic success. The goal is to conduct research that identifies and documents evidence that early childhood investments contribute to workforce productivity and economic competitiveness. Partnerships for America's Economic Success is a collaborative effort of leaders in business, economics, and philanthropy to make the successful development of all children the top priority of the United States. Applicants must send their prospectus by February 24th, 2006. For more information go to http://www.ced.org/docs/ivk/rfp2006.pdf [Note: Link checked on 5/6/2009 - this document is no longer available online. To learn more about Partnerships for Success go to http://www.partnershipforsuccess.org/] .

3. Preschool Assessment: A Guide to Developing a Balanced Approach

Source: NIEER - February 3, 2006

Preschool Assessment: A Guide to Developing a Balanced Approach, the latest in the Preschool Policy Facts series from National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), is now available online at http://nieer.org/resources/factsheets/12.pdf. For printed copies, please contact info@nieer.org.at

4. Basic Facts About Low-Income Children: Birth to Age 6 and Birth to Age 3

Source: NCCP - February 3, 2006

Millions of children with low-income parents find themselves without the basics, even though the majority of low-income parents work. Young children continue to be disproportionately low income. The National Center for Children in Poverty's series, Basic Facts About Low-Income Children, 2006 edition, tracks children in the United States who live in low-income families by age. Basic Facts About Low-Income Children: Birth to Age 6, available at http://www.nccp.org/publications/show.php?id=680, presents basic facts on children birth to age 6 in low-income families, including children who live apart from both parents (e.g., foster children or children being raised by grandparents). For comparable information about infants and toddlers, see Basic Facts About Low-Income Children: Birth to Age 3, available at http://www.nccp.org/publications/show.php?id=679.

5. Focus on Early Childhood Education - R&D Alert Vol. 7, No. 3

Source: WestEd - February 3, 2006

The most recent R&D Alert from WestEd's Center for Prevention and Early Intervention (CPEI) focuses on the importance of early childhood education. It includes the following articles:

  • The Early Childhood Foundation for Lifelong Learning
  • From the CEO: Focusing on Early Childhood Education
  • Bridging Cultures in Early Childhood
  • Can Funding Preschool Today Reduce Budget Woes Tomorrow?
  • WestEd Resources on Early Childhood
It is available online at http://www.wested.org/cs/we/view/rs/794

6. Building the Economic Case for Investments in Preschool - Conference Materials Now Available Online

Source: CEC - February 3, 2006

On January 10, 2006 the Committee for Economic Development, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and PNC Financial Services, Inc. sponsored the 2nd Annual Conference on Building the Economic Case for Investments in Preschool. Research shows that high-quality preschool offers long-term economic payoffs and near-term savings. The conference featured many of the top early childhood experts in the world. The results of a new poll of business leaders by Zogby International on early education issues were also released, showing that American business leaders overwhelmingly back public funding for pre-kindergarten for all children to keep the U.S. economy globally competitive. Videos, transcripts, and other materials from the conference are now available online at http://www.partnershipforsuccess.org/index.php?id=19

7. National Workshop on Mild and Unilateral Hearing Loss - Conference Materials Now Available Online

Source: CDC - January 31, 2006

The Proceedings from the July 2005 National Workshop on Mild and Unilateral Hearing Loss are now available on the CDC-EHDI Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/ehdi/unilateralhi.htm. The main goal of this workshop was to examine current information on the identification and appropriate intervention strategies for children with mild and unilateral hearing loss. The first part of the workshop consisted of three sessions: (1) Prevalence and Screening; (2) Diagnosis, Amplification, and Outcomes; and (3) Early Intervention, Eligibility, and Clinical Practice. Each of these sessions included presentations by researchers and clinicians that highlighted key issues. During the second part of the workshop, participants joined breakout groups to discuss issues associated with mild and unilateral hearing loss in children. Lastly, the facilitator of each breakout group presented a summary to all participants of what was discussed in their respective groups.

8. Making the Most of our Early Education Investments - Conference Materials Now Available Online

Source: Foundation for Child Development - February 3, 2006

Conference Materials from the Foundation for Child Development's Annual Forum entitled Making the Most of our Early Education Investments are now available online. The forum highlighted PK-3 programs in Chicago, Union City, NJ, and Independence. For complete information go to http://www.fcd-us.org/forums/forums_list.htm?cat_id=1566.