October 6, 2006

In this Issue:

1. Grants Awarded for Highly Qualified Special Education Teachers, Early Intervention Personnel

Source: U.S. Dept. of Education - October 5, 2006

On October 5, 2006 U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced the award of $11.6 million in grants to help develop highly qualified teachers for students with disabilities, especially in areas where chronic shortages exist. The money will also be used to train specialists in early intervention and other aspects of services for students with disabilities, recognizing that the earlier children can be identified as being in need of services, the greater the likelihood they can reach their education potential. To read the full press release and to see a list of the projects that received funding go http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2006/10/10052006.html

2. Family Characteristics Have More Influence On Child Development Than Does Experience In Child Care

Source: NIH News - October 3, 2006

A compendium of findings from a study funded by the National Institutes of Health reveals that a child's family life has more influence on a child's development through age four and a half than does a child's experience in child care. "Child care clearly matters to children's development, but family characteristics and children's experiences within their families appear to matter more," said Duane Alexander, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The findings, which are based on scientific literature published from 1999 through 2003, are detailed in a new booklet entitled The NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD): Findings for Children up to Age 4 1/2 Years.

The booklet is available online at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs_details.cfm?from=&pubs_id=5047e
To read the full press release go to http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/oct2006/nichd-03.htm

3. Implications of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 for Early Childhood Development Services

Source: Commonwealth Fund - October 4, 2006

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) may have significant effects on the provision of early childhood preventive and developmental services in Medicaid, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund entitled The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005: An Overview of Key Medicaid Provisions and Their Implications for Early Childhood Development Services Overview. To read the executive summary and access the full report go to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=409144&

4. Invitation to Comment - Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS)

Source: Federal Register - October 3, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 191)

In the October 3, 2006 issue of the Federal Register, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) published an invitation to comment on the following information collection request:

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.
Dates: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before November 2, 2006.

For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2006-4/100306c.html

5. State Fact Sheets on Child Welfare Funding

Source: CLASP - October 6, 2006

The Center on Law and Social Policy (CLASP), together with the Children's Defense Fund, has published a series of fact sheets - one for each state - designed to provide information on the fiscal structure of the child welfare system and on the ways different financing reform proposals will affect children across the country. Each fact sheet contains sections that:

  • Provide data on abused and neglected children, children in foster care, children who have left foster care, and children living with kin;
  • Identify how much child welfare funding comes from federal, state, and local sources;
  • Describe major federal funding streams used to support child welfare and the amount of child welfare funding that comes from each; and
  • Highlight expenditures and trends within the Title IV-E Foster Care Program, including expenditures for foster care maintenance payments, administrative and child placement costs, and training
They are available at http://www.clasp.org/publications/StateFactSheetsOnChildWelfareFunding06.htm

6. OSEP's Revised Child Outcomes Reporting Requirement for Part C and Part B/619 Programs: What the Changes Mean for States

Source: Early Childhood Outcomes Center - Retrieved October 6, 2006

A new paper from the Early Childhood Outcomes Center summarizes recent changes made by the Office of Special Education Programs to their reporting requirement for Part C and Part B/619 programs related to child outcomes. The paper also describes the new reporting categories and discusses implications for states in the process of developing their outcomes measurement systems. It is available online at http://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/eco/ECO_New%20requirement%20OSEP_9-7-06.pdf

7. Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006

Source: www.thomas.gov - October 2, 2006

On September 28, 2006 the President signed into law the Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 (Public Law No: 109-288). This legislation reauthorizes the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program and makes new funds available for grants that promote collaboration among child welfare agencies and other organizations to address the needs of children and families affected by methamphetamine and other substance abuse. It also provides new funds to promote monthly caseworker visits for children living in foster care. For more information go to http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:s.03525: