June 23, 2006

In this Issue:

1. General Supervision Enhancement Grants - Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006

Source: Federal Register: June 23, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 121)

Title: Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities--General Supervision Enhancement Grants
Agency: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education

Purpose of Program: This program promotes academic achievement and improves results for children with disabilities by supporting technical assistance, model demonstration projects, dissemination of useful information, and implementation activities that are supported by scientifically-based research.

Applications Available: June 23, 2006.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 7, 2006.
Form complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2006-2/062306b.html

2. Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Birth Cohort, Kindergarten Year - Request for Comments

Source: Federal Register: June 21, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 119)

Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Birth Cohort, Kindergarten Year - opportunity to comment on information collection requests

Abstract: The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study--Part B (ECLS-B) is part of a longitudinal studies program. The ECLS-B is designed to follow a national representative sample of children born in 2001 from nine months of age through kindergarten. The cohort has already been seen at nine months and at two years. The current effort is directed towards seeing them in their kindergarten year. The children will all turn five in 2006 and the majority will be eligible for kindergarten.

For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2006-2/062106a.html

3. The Foundation for Child Development Announces Call for Proposals for 2007 Young Scholars Program

Source: Foundation for Child Development

The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) Young Scholars Program (YSP) focuses on supporting a new generation of scholars interested in conducting research on the development of young children in immigrant families, especially those who are living in low-income families. Proposals that focus on children from birth to age eight are highly encouraged. Eligible scholars must have earned their Ph.D. within the last 15 years. FCD is particularly interested in research that can inform policies regarding the health and education needs of young newcomer children. For complete information go to http://www.fcd-us.org/programs/programs_show.htm?doc_id=447982

4. New FPG Synthesis Paper: Recognition and Response, An Early Intervening System for Young Children At-Risk for Learning Disabilities.

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - Retrieved June 22, 2006

The University of North Carolina's FPG Child Development Institute, supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, recently completed a review of research that underscores the importance of recognizing and responding to critical early warning signs of learning difficulties in young children.. The paper, Recognition and Response: An Early Intervening System for Young Children at Risk for Learning Disabilities, discusses the challenges for early educators and parents in addressing the learning difficulties of pre-school age children. It also advocates for a new systemic approach that can help early educators and parents ensure early school success for all children, including those at risk for learning difficulties.

For more information and to download the paper go to http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~randr/

5. Maximizing the Use of EPSDT to Improve the Health and Development of Young Children

Source: NCCP - June 22, 2006

Maximizing the Use of EPSDT to Improve the Health and Development of Young Children - This second Project THRIVE Short Take examines the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program of Medicaid with a focus on young children. While the Medicaid EPSDT benefit covers health and developmental services for one in three children under age 5, most states do not meet national goals for screening. Short Take No. 2 describes how states can improve EPSDT rates through interagency collaboration. Available at http://nccp.org/publications/pub_665.html

6. Child Welfare Information Gateway Opens

Source: Children's Bureau - June 21, 2006

The Children's Bureau recently announced the opening of Child Welfare Information Gateway, which consolidates and expands upon the services formerly provided by the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse to provide easy access to programs, research, statistics, laws and policies, and training resources all in one place. For complete information go to http://www.childwelfare.gov/

7. New Reports from the Commonwealth Fund Offer Strategies to Increase Medicaid or SCHIP Coverage Stability and Access

Source: Commonwealth Fund - June 19, 2006

Every year, millions of children and families are at risk for not getting needed health care when they lose Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) coverage temporarily due to difficulties in the renewal process or transitions between programs. This instability also increases administrative costs for states. Additionally, many children who qualify for Medicaid or SCHIP are not enrolled at all. The following two new Commonwealth Fund reports outline how states and federal policymakers can implement policies to reduce instability and expand coverage.