January 12, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. Special Education Research Program Grant Awards for FY 2006 Announced
      Source: Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Research - January 10, 2007
  2. New Web Site - The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL)
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - January 8, 2007
  3. New Research Syntheses from the Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence (TRACE)
      Source: TRACE - January 8, 2007
  4. Children in Vulnerable Families: Facts and Figures
      Source: The Urban Institute - Retrieved January 9, 2006
  5. New FPG Snapshot - Why Young Children Enter Early Intervention Services
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - January 8, 2007
  6. New FPG Snapshot - Preparing Culturally Competent Early Childhood Teachers
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - January 4, 2007
  7. The Importance of High-Quality Teaching In Preschool
      Source: Hoover Institution - Retrieved January 9, 2006
  8. Bright Futures Developmental Tools for Families and Providers Now Available in Spanish
      Source: Bright Futures - Retrieved January 12, 2007

1. Special Education Research Program Grant Awards for FY 2006 Announced

Source: Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Research - January 10, 2007

The Institute of Education Sciences' National Center for Education Research recently announced their FY 2006 grant award winners for Special Education Research Programs in the following areas:

  • Early Intervention and Assessment for Young Children with Disabilities
  • Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study
  • Individualized Education Programs
  • Assessment for Accountability
  • Language and Vocabulary Development
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Reading and Writing
  • Secondary and Postsecondary Outcomes
  • Serious Behavior Disorders
For more information go to http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/projects/ and select the FY 2006 link in each of these areas.

2. New Web Site - The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL)

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - January 8, 2007

The new Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) is a research-to-practice technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Research to Practice Division. Its main goal is to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices by early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of young children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes. CELL's new Web site is available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/.

3. New Research Syntheses from the Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence (TRACE)

Source: TRACE - January 8, 2007

The following new practice-based research syntheses (Cornerstones) from the Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence (TRACE) are now available online at http://www.tracecenter.info/cornerstones.php

The following related Endpoints have also recently been posted on the TRACE Web site at http://www.tracecenter.info/endpoints.php

4. Children in Vulnerable Families: Facts and Figures

Source: The Urban Institute - Retrieved January 9, 2006

A new fact sheet from the Urban Institute reviews trends in some of the most significant risk factors in families today: child maltreatment, domestic violence, children's disabilities, substance abuse, and parental mental illness. It is available at http://www.urban.org/publications/901016.html

5. New FPG Snapshot - Why Young Children Enter Early Intervention Services

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - January 8, 2007

This brief Snapshot from the FPG Child Development Institute provides highlights from a study examining the reasons why infants and toddlers entering Part C early intervention services are eligible. The findings yield important information about children receiving early intervention and have the potential to shape the services states provide and therefore the outcomes that children experience. The Snapshot is available online at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~images/pdfs/snapshots/snap38.pdf

The full citation for the article this Snapshot summarizes is:
Scarborough, A. A., Hebbeler, K. M., & Spiker, D. (2006). Eligibility characteristics of infants and toddlers entering early intervention services in the United States. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 3(1), 57-64.

6. New FPG Snapshot - Preparing Culturally Competent Early Childhood Teachers

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - January 4, 2007

This Snapshot from the FPG Child Development Institute provides highlights from a study examining how early childhood personnel preparation programs are preparing professionals to develop a much-needed cultural competency. It is available online at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~images/pdfs/snapshots/snap37.pdf

The full citation for the article this Snapshot summarizes is:
Lim, C. I., & Able-Boone, H. (2005). Diversity competencies within early childhood teacher preparation: Innovative practices and future directions. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 26, 225-238.

7. The Importance of High-Quality Teaching In Preschool

Source: Hoover Institution - Retrieved January 9, 2006

In the first 2007 issue of Education Next, Robert Pianta of the University of Virginia describes the findings of two large-scale studies involving preschool and early-childhood programs. The studies showed that children from low-education households placed in high-quality classrooms with knowledgeable, responsive teachers achieved at the same level as children whose mothers had college degrees. Additionally, children with behavior problems showed adjustment and achievement levels identical to children who had no history of such problems. The key was high-quality teaching, according to Dr. Pianta. To read the full article go to http://www.hoover.org/publications/ednext/4612287.html

8. Bright Futures Developmental Tools for Families and Providers Now Available in Spanish

Source: Bright Futures - Retrieved January 12, 2007

The Bright Futures Developmental Tools for Families and Providers are now available in Spanish. These tools offer a framework for families and providers to begin a conversation about how best to support healthy social and emotional development in children. The tools provide a number of tips for when, where, and how to seek help. They are available at http://www.brightfutures.org/tools/index.html