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Source: Office of Special Education Programs - January 23, 2007
One question raised since the IDEA 2004 regulations were released was about the parental consent requirements related to accessing public benefits or insurance. Specifically, the question was whether separate consent must be obtained from a parent each time access to Medicaid or other public benefits is sought to pay for required special or related services. An initial letter that addresses this issue was recently sent out by Alexa Posny, Director of the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education. It is available at http://www.nectac.org/~pdfs/idea/smithltr_medicaid_01-23-07.pdf.
Additional letters addressing this and other issues will be forthcoming. For links to letters of clarification that address early childhood provisions of the IDEA (Part C and Section 619) go to http://www.nectac.org/idea/clarfctnltrs.asp
Source: Federal Register: January 22, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 13)
The following grant opportunity from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) was recently published in the Federal Register:
Title: Early Reading First Program -- CFDA# 84.359A and B
Purpose of Program: This program supports local efforts to enhance the oral language, cognitive, and early reading skills of preschool age children especially those from low-income families, through strategies, materials, and professional development that are grounded in scientifically based reading research.
Applications Available: January 22, 2007.
Deadline for Transmittal of Pre-Applications: February 21, 2007.
Deadline for Transmittal of Full Applications: May 29, 2007 for applicants invited to submit full applications only).
For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2007-1/012207d.html
Source: Project Forum, NASDSE - January 23, 2007
The following two new policy analyses are now available on the Project Forum Web site:
Source: NIEER - January 25, 2007
The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recently published the results of a new study of the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) state-funded preschool education program. Researchers collected data on 911 preschool and kindergarten children in the fall of 2005, testing their math, vocabulary and early literacy skills. The study found that:
Source: U.S. Census Bureau - January 24, 2007
A new report from U.S. Census Bureau examines children's well-being and their daily activities based on data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). It addresses children's living arrangements and their family's characteristics, early child care experiences, daily interaction with parents, extracurricular activities, academic experience, and parents' educational expectations. For more information and to download the report go to http://www.census.gov/prod/2007pubs/p70-109.pdf
Source: CLASP - January 26, 2007
The following two new reports were recently posted on the CLASP Web site: