July 28, 2006

In this Issue:

1. OSERS Announces its Long-Term Goals

Source: OSERS - July 17, 2006

John H. Hager, the Assistant Secretary of Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), recently announced OSERS' new long-term goals. To read them online please go to http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/goals.html

2. Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS) - Invitation to Comment on Proposed Information Collection Request

Source: Federal Register: July 26, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 143)

The Institute for Education Sciences invites comments on the following proposed information collection request:
Type of Review: Revision.
Title: Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS).
Abstract: PEELS will provide the first national picture of experiences and outcomes of three to five year old children in early childhood special education. The study will inform special education policy development and support Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) measurement and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) reauthorization with data from parents, service providers, and teachers.
For complete information please go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2006-3/072606a.html

3. State Policy Roundup: Progress on Infant-Toddler Issues Across the United States

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Network - July 24, 2006

In recent months the ZERO TO THREE Policy Network has been gathering information about new infant-toddler legislation and campaigns taking place in a number of different states across the country. A recently published article provides summaries of these state efforts. It is available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ter_pub_statepolicy_updates

4. CED Releases Report on the Economic Benefits of Investing in Preschool

Source: Committee for Economic Development - July 27, 2006

The Committee for Economic Development (CED) recently released a new report, The Economic Promise of Investing in High-Quality Preschool: Using Early Education to Improve Economic Growth and the Fiscal Sustainability of States and the Nation, which describes how children, the U.S. economy and society as a whole can benefit from improved early childhood education programs. It is available online at http://www.ced.org/library/reports/41/203-the-economic-promise-of-investing-in-high-quality-preschool

5. Updated Training Modules from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Source: CSEFEL - July 26, 3006

Updated training modules from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) are now available online. These modules were designed based on input gathered during focus groups with program administrators, T/TA providers, early educators, and family members about the types and content of training that would be most useful in addressing the social-emotional needs of young children. For more information go to http://www.csefel.uiuc.edu/modules.html

6. America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-being 2006

Source: Childstats.gov - July 25, 2006

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics recently released its latest annual report, America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-being, 2006. The report is a compendium of statistics from 21 federal agencies with the latest available data on 26 key indicators related to children's economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education and on 9 background measures related to population and family characteristics. It is available at http://www.childstats.gov/pubs/pubs.asp?PlacementID=2&SlpgID=3

This year, Parental Reports of Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties, first presented as a Special Feature in the 2005 report, has become an annual indicator. Go to http://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/americas_children05_bg_parents.cfm?renderforprint=1 to learn more.

7. Early Treatment Prevents Lasting Breathing Problems in Some Premature Babies -- Brain Damage Also Less Likely When Given within 48 Hours of Life

Source: NIH News Alert - July 27, 2006

For the first time in large, multicenter clinical studies, a therapy has been shown to significantly lower the risk of lung and brain damage in some very low birthweight premature infants. Results from two randomized clinical trials demonstrate that when given within the first few weeks of life, inhaled nitric oxide helps prevent chronic lung disease in some low birthweight premature infants. In addition, when used within 48 hours after birth, treatment appears to protect some premature newborns from brain injury. To read the complete news release go to http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/new/press/06-07-26.htm

8. Toward a New Child Care Policy

Source: Urban Institute - Retrieved July 27, 2006

A new paper from the Urban Institute describes the U.S. child care subsidy system, variations in policies and programs across states and challenges facing the system. It discusses efforts of various states to improve the quality of child care through quality rating systems and to coordinate child care with early education systems. The paper includes five questions to think about related to domestic child care policy. Available at http://www.urban.org/publications/311347.html