August 18, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. Final IDEA Part B Regulations and Model Forms
      Source: U.S. Dept. of Education - August 15, 2006
  2. New TRACE Snapshot - Tracking Pathways of Referrals to Early Intervention
      Source: TRACE - August 18, 2006
  3. OSERS Announces its New Priorities
      Source: What's New at OSERS - August 11, 2006
  4. Early Childhood Teachers Often Ill Prepared to Care for Children with Disabilities
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - August 7, 2006
  5. Assistive Technology Reutilization Grant Announcements
      Source: Federal Register - August 18, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 160)
  6. Using Research on Early Childhood Development and Education
      Source: NAEYC - Retrieved August 18, 2006

1. Final IDEA Part B Regulations and Model Forms

Source: U.S. Dept. of Education - August 15, 2006

The final regulations governing the Assistance to States for Education of Children with Disabilities Program and the Preschool Grants for Children with Disabilities Program were published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2006. These regulations are needed to implement changes made to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004). They take effect on October 13, 2006. They are available at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/2006-3/081406a.html (or in PDF format at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/pdf/06-6656.pdf).

As part of the 2004 reauthorization of the IDEA, Congress included a requirement that the Department of Education release model forms to help states and local education agencies in developing individualized education programs (IEP), procedural safeguard communications and prior written notice communications. These model forms are now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/idea2004.html#tools

2. New TRACE Snapshot - Tracking Pathways of Referrals to Early Intervention

Source: TRACE - August 18, 2006

The following new Snapshot from the Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence (TRACE) is now available online: Tracking Pathways of Referrals to Early Intervention, by Carol M. Trivette and Carl J. Dunst. It discusses the extent to which contacts with different health-care professionals influenced referrals of 16 children with various diagnoses to early intervention and describes the implications of these findings for child find. Go to http://www.tracecenter.info/snapshots/snapshots_vol2_no5.pdf

3. OSERS Announces its New Priorities

Source: What's New at OSERS - August 11, 2006

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services' (OSERS) Assistant Secretary John H. Hager recently announced OSERS' new priorities. Please read them at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/priorities.html.

4. Early Childhood Teachers Often Ill Prepared to Care for Children with Disabilities

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - August 7, 2006

A majority of preschool classrooms include at least one child with a disability, however teachers are often unprepared to work with these children. A recent survey of early childhood teacher preparation programs showed that even though early intervention and special education are part of many programs' missions, coursework and training often fall short. A new FPG Snapshot about these findings is available at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/%7Eimages/pdfs/snapshots/snap31.pdf

To learn more see the following article:
Chang, F., Early D., & Winton, P. (2005). Early Childhood Teacher Preparation in Special Education at 2- and 4-Year Institutions of Higher Education. Journal of Early Intervention, 27(2), 110-124.

5. Assistive Technology Reutilization Grant Announcements

Source: Federal Register - August 18, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 160)

On August 18, 2006 the Federal Register published the following two announcements related to Assistive Technology Reutilization Grants:

6. Using Research on Early Childhood Development and Education

Source: NAEYC - Retrieved August 18, 2006

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) recently published a new Web page entitled Using Research on Early Childhood Development and Education. It includes information that addresses the following four questions:

  • Why Is Research So Important?
  • What Is "Good" Research?
  • Where Can I Find Research on Early Childhood Development and Education?
  • How Do I Become an Informed Advocate for Research on Early Childhood Development and Education?
Go to http://www.naeyc.org/resources/research/