August 11, 2006

In this Issue:

1. Three New Grant Notices from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Source: Federal Register: August 4 & 11, 2006

The following three grants notices from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services were recently published in the Federal Register:

2. Part C State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) - Notice Inviting Comments on Proposed Information Collection Requests

Source: Federal Register: August 10, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 154)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services invites comments on the following proposed information collection request:
IDEA Part C State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR). For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2006-3/081006b.html

Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov by selecting the ``Browse Pending Collections'' link and by clicking on link number 3167. When you access the information collection, click on ``Download Attachments'' to view.

3. 26th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - Now Available Online

Source: What's New at OSEP - August 7, 2006

The 26th Annual Report to Congress is now available online. Volume 1 focuses on the children and students being served under IDEA and provides profiles of individual states' special education environment. Volume 2 contains the state-reported data tables (to access the most recent data tables go to https://www.ideadata.org/index.html). The report can be accessed at http://www2.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/osep/2004/index.html.

4. From Science to Public Policy: Promoting Policies that Support Early Childhood Social & Emotional Development

Source: The Baby Monitor: ZERO TO THREE - August 7, 2006

A new article in the "From Science to Public Policy" series discusses the importance of supporting healthy social-emotional development in babies and young children and provides strategies for doing this at the state level through public policy. It is available at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/social_emotional_article_final.pdf?docID=1925

The article is based on a research and policy report entitled Helping Young Children Succeed: Strategies to Promote Early Childhood Social and Emotional Development (September 2005), developed jointly by ZERO TO THREE and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Go to http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/helping_young_children_succeed_final.pdf?docID=1725&AddInterest=1157

5. Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Endorsements by the American Academy of Pediatrics

Source: TRACE - August 11, 2006

The following new Snapshot from the Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence (TRACE) is now available online: Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Endorsements by the American Academy of Pediatrics by Carol M. Trivette, Ph.D., Carl J. Dunst, Ph.D., & Adrian Sandler, M.D. Go to http://www.tracecenter.info/snapshots/snapshots_vol2_no4.pdf

6. The New Poor: Regional Trends in Child Poverty Since 2000

Source: NCCP - August 11, 2006

Over the past 5 years, child poverty in the United States has risen substantially, increasing by 12 percent. More than 1.4 million children have been added to the poverty rolls since 2000. This new report from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) describes which children and families have been most affected region by region and finds that the highest increase in child poverty has been in the Midwest. Go to http://nccp.org/publications/pub_672.html