April 21, 2006

In this Issue:

1. Current and Emerging State Policy Trends in Early Childhood Education: A Review of Governors' 2006 State of the State Addresses

Source: Education Commission of the States - Retrieved April 17, 2006

This new policy brief from the Education Commission of the States looks at states' early-learning policies and programs through the prism of the governors' 2006 State of the State addresses. Almost half of these addresses included proposals relating to programs for young children and this brief examines these proposals by topic and by state. It also discusses briefly three issues of increasing interest to policymakers: alignment, governance and quality rating systems. The brief is available online at http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/68/21/6821.htm

2. Extending Full Application Deadline Date for the Early Reading First (ERF) Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 Competition

Source: Federal Register: April 18, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 74)

On January 18, 2006, the Department of Education published a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for the Early Reading First FY 2006 competition. The deadline date for eligible applicants to transmit their full applications for funding under this competition was May 8, 2006. Due to the reopening of the pre-application phase of the ERF FY 2006 competition, the deadline date for full applications for the ERF FY 2006 competition is now being extended to May 31, 2006 for all applicants invited to submit those applications. For complete information go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/E6-5782.htm

3. Effective Communication about the Early Years: Understanding the Basics of Framing

Source: Zero to Three Policy Center - April 18, 2006

Early childhood development is a complex process and we must communicate about it effectively, so that policymakers and the public fully understand the needs of infants and toddlers and solutions that best support families. This article from the Zero to Three Policy Center provides a basic introduction to some concepts of effective communication about the early years, including the fundamentals of framing and ways to think about reframing your communications. It is available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/framing_article_part_one_final.pdf?docID=1901

4. Unified Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Certification: State Approaches

Source: Project Forum - Retrieved April 18, 2006

According to data collected by the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC), states are increasingly offering what they describe as a "single certificate" for early childhood and early childhood special education (i.e., certification that covers children both with and without disabilities). This document describes states' approaches to these single certificates. Project Forum conducted its analysis as part of its cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). It is available online at http://www.projectforum.org/docs/UnifiedEarlyChildhoodandEarlyChildhoodSpecialEducationTeacherCertification-StateApproaches.pdf