November 17, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. Grant Notice: Professional Development Center - Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
      Source: Federal Register - November 17, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 222)
  2. Child Care and Early Education State-by-State Data
      Source: CLASP - November 16, 2006
  3. Undercounted. Underserved. Immigrant and Refugee Families in the Child Welfare System.
      Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - Retrieved November 17, 2006
  4. Investing in Child Care Brings Gains for Providers and Children
      Source: Public/Private Ventures - Retrieved November 17, 2006

1. Grant Notice: Professional Development Center - Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: Federal Register - November 17, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 222)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has published the following notice inviting applications for new awards FY 2007: Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities - Professional Development Center: Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Applications Available: November 17, 2006.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: January 2, 2007.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: March 2, 2007.

This priority supports one cooperative agreement for the establishment and operation of a Professional Development Center (Center) to provide training for district or State level professional development providers. Such training must be designed to: Expand the types and levels of services provided to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families; develop and enhance the specialization or expertise of providers who work with children with ASD; and provide information to professionals and families on the effectiveness of services for children with ASD.

For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2006-4/111706c.html

2. Child Care and Early Education State-by-State Data

Source: CLASP - November 16, 2006

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently published a Web site with state-by-state data that includes analyses of 2005 child care spending from Child Care Development Block Grant funds, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds and 2005 Head Start Program Information Report data. It also includes data on states' use of community-based child care to provide pre-kindergarten. It is available online at http://www.clasp.org/publications/childcareearlyedmap.htm

3. Undercounted. Underserved. Immigrant and Refugee Families in the Child Welfare System.

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - Retrieved November 17, 2006

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has published a new report that describes the needs of immigrant and refugee children in the child welfare system. It is entitled Undercounted. Underserved. Immigrant and Refugee Families in the Child Welfare System. It can be accessed online at http://www.aecf.org/upload/PublicationFiles/IR3622.pdf

4. Investing in Child Care Brings Gains for Providers and Children

Source: Public/Private Ventures - Retrieved November 17, 2006

Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs and community initiatives, recently published a report that describes the work of a diverse group of women in Rhode Island who organized a cooperative to improve conditions for family child care providers. It shows that increases in reimbursement rates for family child care providers increased the availability of subsidized child care, raised average incomes in the field and lifted many workers out of poverty. To read the report go to http://www.ppv.org/ppv/publications/assets/207_publication.pdf