August 4, 2006

In this Issue:

1. New Web site - Evidence-Based Center on Early Literacy Development

Source: Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute - Retrieved August 4, 2006

The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute recently published a new Web site for the Evidence-Based Center for Early Literacy Development. The Web site is meant to provide parents and professionals with information on evidence-based early communication, language and emergent literacy development. The content of the site is based on more than five years of research-related activity and practice on the characteristics and consequences of early literacy experiences for children birth to five years of age. Go to http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/

The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute was also recently awarded a new OSEP-funded Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL). CELL will announce its Web site soon and eNotes will share the URL when it becomes available.

2. Newly Funded - National Center on High Quality Personnel in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - August 3, 2006

The FPG Child Development Institute has been awarded a $2.5 million five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a national center on high quality personnel in inclusive early childhood settings. The new national center will identify and help states implement the most promising professional development approaches currently available within early childhood education. For more information go to http://www.fpg.unc.edu/news/highlight_detail.cfm?ID=580

3. Starting Off Right: Promoting Child Development from Birth in State Early Care and Education Initiatives

Source: New from CLASP - August 3, 2006

A new CLASP document entitled Starting Off Right: Promoting Child Development from Birth in State Early Care and Education Initiatives describes strategies states are using to improve early care and education programs for infants and toddlers, and supports for their families. For more information go to http://www.clasp.org/publications/startingoffright.htm

4. New GAO Report - Federal Autism Activities: Funding for Research Has Increased, but Agencies Need to Resolve Surveillance Challenges

Source: GAO - August 4, 2006

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published the following report: Federal Autism Activities: Funding for Research Has Increased, but Agencies Need to Resolve Surveillance Challenges. GAO-06-700, July 19.
Full report - http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06700.pdf
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d06700high.pdf