October 20, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. Comment Request - IDEA Part C State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR)
      Source: Federal Register: October 18, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 201)
  2. What Works Clearinghouse Releases New Reports on Early Childhood Education
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - October 16, 2006
  3. Two New NECTC Research Briefs - Use of Transition Practices by Public Preschool Teachers and Strategies to Support Transition
      Source: NECTC - October 18, 2006
  4. Child Care Bureau's 2006 Training Tool, Child Care Works: Research to Practice
      Source: Child Care Bureau - October 13, 2006
  5. Educating Children with Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders
      Source: Tourette Syndrome Association - October 18, 2006

1. Comment Request - IDEA Part C State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR)

Source: Federal Register: October 18, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 201)

On October 18, 2006, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued the 30-day Federal Register Notice requesting comments on the IDEA Part C State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR). Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before November 17, 2006. For complete information, see the Federal Register notice at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2006-4/101806b.html.

For your convenience, links to the related forms are provided below:

Requests for copies of the information collection package can be accessed at http://edicsweb.ed.gov/browse/browsecoll.cfm?pkg_serial_num=3167. Select "Download Attachments."

2. What Works Clearinghouse Releases New Reports on Early Childhood Education

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - October 16, 2006

The Institute of Education Sciences' (IES) What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recently released 3 new reports on findings from evaluations of educational interventions in the area of early childhood education. These include:

  • DaisyQuest (Early Childhood Education)
  • Dialogic Reading
  • Shared Book Reading
More information regarding the Early Childhood Education review and access to the WWC Reports for this topic are available at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Topic.asp?tid=13&ReturnPage=default.asp

3. Two New NECTC Research Briefs - Use of Transition Practices by Public Preschool Teachers and Strategies to Support Transition

Source: NECTC - October 18, 2006

Researchers at the National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) have posted findings from two studies. The first study provides information from a national survey of public preschool teachers on their use of transition practices to support the transition to preschool and the transition to kindergarten. The second study provides information on strategies that were identified via national focus group sessions as those that are successful in supporting the transition process. The Research Briefs describing the findings from these studies are available at http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/nectc/resbriefs.aspx. See Use of Transition Practices by Public Preschool Teachers and Strategies to Support Transition for Children with Special Needs.

4. Child Care Bureau's 2006 Training Tool, Child Care Works: Research to Practice

Source: Child Care Bureau - October 13, 2006

The Child Care Bureau recently released its third training CD, Child Care Works: Research to Practice, which highlights the Bureau's partnership with States, Territories, and Tribes to promote a quality early care and education experience for every child and family. Child Care Works contains video clips, key points, resources, and discussion questions to facilitate critical thinking and discussion among key stakeholders on the following topics: Social and Emotional Development, Training Models, Systems to Improve Quality, Work and Family, and Assessment and Evaluation. It is suitable for use in training programs, professional development activities, curricula in higher education, and other meetings, as well as by individuals.

For more information and to order the CD at no cost go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ccb/ta/pubs/cd/ccw.htm

5. Educating Children with Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders

Source: Tourette Syndrome Association - October 18, 2006

(Note: The recently released IDEA Part B regulations classify Tourette Syndrome as Other Health Impaired.)

The Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) is, through a congressional appropriation, in the third year of a program partnership with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to provide a series of education and allied professional training programs on Tourette Syndrome and related disorders such as ADHD and OCD. The programs are presented by Susan Conners, MA, TSA Education Specialist and international expert on TS education in the school and classroom.

In the first two years the program offered 100 training programs and reached over 5,000 school-based, medical, and allied professionals, including regular and special education teachers, school psychologists and social workers, school nurses, school administrators and guidance counselors. In their third year, they are hoping to establish programs capable of reaching large professional audiences through teleconferencing, distance learning networks, and live web-based programs. This is based on a very successful state-wide program held with the Pennsylvania Department of Education Training Department that reached over 1,200 education and allied professionals. They are hoping to locate and develop similar teleconferencing opportunities. They have technical professionals on staff and key program costs will be covered by their grant.

For more information go to http://www.tsa-usa.org/images/CDC_Yr2_EDUCATIONAL_Press_Release_1.pdf

Contact information:
Patricia Finnerty
Project Developer, TSA-CDC Partnership
TOURETTE SYNDROME ASSOCIATION, INC.
(tel)718-224-2999 Ext. 250
(fax)718-279-9596
website: http://tsa-usa.org