September 8, 2006

In this Issue:

1. Early Reading First Grants Awarded to 25 States

Source: Dept. of Education - September 1, 2006

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings today announced the award of $101,687,216 in Early Reading First grants to 32 recipients in 25 states to improve the language and early literacy skills of young children. To access the full press release and a complete list of the grantees go to http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2006/09/09012006a.html

2. Materials from the 2006 OSEP Project Directors' Conference Now Available Online

Source: OSEP - September 6, 2006

On July 31 - August 2, 2006 the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) hosted the 2006 Project Directors' Conference in Washington, DC for Personnel Preparation Project Directors, State Improvement and State Personnel Development Grant Project Directors, Research and Innovation Project Directors, Technical Assistance and Dissemination Project Directors, Technology and Media Project Directors, and CSPD Coordinators. The presentation materials from the conference are now available online at http://www.osep-meeting.org/2006conf/agenda.asp

3. Positive Solutions for Families of Young Children with Challenging Behavior

Source: CEBP - September 8, 2006

The Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior (CEBP) recently published a new brochure entitled Positive Solutions for Families, which provides parents with eight practical tips they can use when their young children exhibit challenging behavior. Each tip includes a brief explanation and an example to show parents how they might use the specific approach with their own family in everyday life. To view and download this free brochure go to http://www.challengingbehavior.org/communities/families.htm

4. Child Care and Development Block Grant Participation in 2005

Source: CLASP - September 7, 2006

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) provides a block grant to states for child care assistance to help low-income working families. Today the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) published a 2-page fact sheet that provides a summary of CCDBG participation in 2005 and information about the ages of children receiving assistance, the types of child care settings used, and the reasons families receive assistance. It is available online at http://www.clasp.org/publications/ccdbgparticipation_2005.pdf

5. NIMH Research Program Launches Autism Trials

Source: NIMH - September 7, 2007

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has launched three major clinical studies on autism at its research program on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. These studies are the first products of a new, integrated focus on autism generated in response to reported increases in autism prevalence and valid opportunities for progress. To read more go to http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2006/new-nimh-research-program-launches-autism-trials.shtml