March 3, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. Early Reading First - Notice Reopening the Early Reading First Fiscal Year 2006 Competition
      Source: Federal Register: March 2, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 41)
  2. State Personnel Development Grants Program - Notice of Proposed Priority for State Personnel Development
      Source: Federal Register: March 2, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 41)
  3. New Report Examines What Top Early Childhood Education Programs Did Right
      Source: Committee for Economic Development - Retrieved March 3, 2006
  4. Materials from the Third Annual Policy Maker's Summit Available Online
      Source: Center for Evidence Based Practices in Early Learning - Retrieved March 3, 2006

1. Early Reading First - Notice Reopening the Early Reading First Fiscal Year 2006 Competition

Source: Federal Register: March 2, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 41)

On January 18, 2006, the Federal Register published a notice inviting applications for the Early Reading First FY 2006 competition. The deadline date for eligible applicants to transmit their pre-applications for funding under this competition was February 21, 2006. The pre-application phase of the Early Reading First FY 2006 competition has now been reopened for for two groups of eligible applicants: all eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) that were previously included on the posted Early Reading First eligible LEA lists and eligible entities located in communities served by those eligible LEAs (Group 1) and for eligible LEAs that were inadvertently omitted from the FY 2006 eligible LEA lists posted on the Early Reading First Web site and for eligible entities located in communities served by those LEAs (Group 2).

For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2006-1/030206a.html

2. State Personnel Development Grants Program - Notice of Proposed Priority for State Personnel Development

Source: Federal Register: March 2, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 41)

The Notice of Proposed Priority for the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG/SIG) has been published in the Federal Register. This notice invites comments on the Secretary's proposed SPDG/SIG priority. Comments must be received on or before April 3, 2006. After the comments are reviewed a final priority will be issued. For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/proprule/2006-1/030206c.html

3. New Report Examines What Top Early Childhood Education Programs Did Right

Source: Committee for Economic Development - Retrieved March 3, 2006

A new paper from the Committee for Economic Development (CED), The Economic Benefits of High-Quality Early Childhood Education Programs: What Makes the Difference?, focuses on the factors associated with high-quality early education programs. The author examined three well-known, high-quality early education programs - the High/Scope Perry Preschool project, the Carolina Abcedarian Project, and Chicago's Child-Parent Centers (CPC) - and looked at what exactly about these programs made them so successful, relying, in part, on interviews with the principal investigators of the programs. It is available online at http://www.ced.org/library/reports/41/207-the-economic-benefits-of-high-quality-early-childhood-programs

4. Materials from the Third Annual Policy Maker's Summit Available Online

Source: Center for Evidence Based Practices in Early Learning - Retrieved March 3, 2006

Materials from the Third Annual Policy Maker's Summit on the topic of young children and challenging behavior are now available online. Materials include PowerPoint presentations, handouts, a summary, and participants' recommendations for action. Available at http://challengingbehavior.org/explore/presentations_workshops.htm