February 9, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. President unveils FY 2008 Budget Request for ED
      Source: U. S. Department of Education - February 5, 2007
  2. Recent Grant Notices Related to Early Childhood / Special Needs
      Source: http://www.grants.gov - Retrieved February 9, 2007
  3. Featured Publication - The Science of Early Childhood Development: Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do
      Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - Retrieved February 9, 2007
  4. New GAO Testimony - Children's Health Insurance: State Experiences in Implementing SCHIP and Considerations for Reauthorization
      Source: Government Accountability Office - February 2, 2007
  5. New from ZERO TO THREE
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - February 2, 2007
  6. Quality Counts 2007 - From Cradle to Career
      Source: Education Week - Retrieved February 5, 2007

1. President unveils FY 2008 Budget Request for ED

Source: U. S. Department of Education - February 5, 2007

On February 5, 2007, President Bush unveiled his FY 2008 budget. Summary and background information by program area, detailed budget tables, and State tables are available online at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget08/index.html. The budget for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services is available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget08/summary/edlite-section2b.html.

Preschool grants are level funded from FY06 and FY07 at $380.8 million. Grants for Infants and Families are funded at $423.1 million, a decrease from FY06 of $13 million. State Personnel Grants under Part D are zero-funded. See http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget08/summary/edlite-section2b.html#preschool for additional information.

2. Recent Grant Notices Related to Early Childhood / Special Needs

Source: http://www.grants.gov - Retrieved February 9, 2007

The following grant notices were recently published online at http://www.grants.gov:

Agency: Social Security Administration
Title: Early Identification and Intervention
Posted Date: February 01, 2007
Summary: This funding will support projects that design and implement effective, replicable, and sustainable models which will increase the number of children (birth to age 5) who receive developmental screening and improve the early identification of children with developmental delays and/or disabilities.
Application Receipt/Submission Deadline: March 14, 2007.
Additional information: http://www.ssa.gov/oag/grants/current/opdr-07-1/

Agency: Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
Title: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants
Summary: These funds are provided to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working in partnership with Head Start programs.
Application Receipt/Submission Deadline: May 01, 2007
Additional Information: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/HHS-2007-ACF-OPRE-YR-0068.html [Note: Link checked on 11/26/2007 - this document is no longer available online. For other ACF grant opportunities go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/ ].

Agency: Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
Title: Head Start University Partnership Research Grants: English Language Learners (ELLs) in Head Start and Early Head Start Programs
Summary: These grants will provide funding for research that either develops and/or rigorously evaluates interventions and assessments for ELLs or gathers information about associations between school readiness, culture, and language that will directly inform Head Start policy and practice.
Application Receipt/Submission Deadline: May 3, 2007
Additional Information: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/HHS-2007-ACF-OPRE-YF-0070.html [Note: Link checked on 11/26/2007 - this document is no longer available online. For other ACF grant opportunities go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/ ].

3. Featured Publication - The Science of Early Childhood Development: Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do

Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - Retrieved February 9, 2007

This new publication from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child provides a concise framework for understanding the science of early childhood and brain development as it relates to policies and programs that could make a significant difference in the lives of children—and all of society. It includes a discussion of the 7 Core Concepts of Development and their implications for policy and practice. The full text can be accessed online at http://www.developingchild.net/pubs/persp/pdf/Science_Early_Childhood_Development.pdf

4. New GAO Testimony - Children's Health Insurance: State Experiences in Implementing SCHIP and Considerations for Reauthorization

Source: Government Accountability Office - February 2, 2007

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released the following testimony: Children's Health Insurance: State Experiences in Implementing SCHIP and Considerations for Reauthorization GAO-07-447T.
Full Report - http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07447t.pdf
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d07447thigh.pdf

5. New from ZERO TO THREE

Source: ZERO TO THREE - February 2, 2007

ZERO TO THREE recently published the following new items:

  • Infant/Toddler Specialist Networks: Assuring Quality in Child Care for Babies & Toddlers
    States have used a variety of strategies to improve the quality of infant and toddler childcare, one of which is the creation of Infant/Toddler Specialist Networks. This new article from the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center describes the function of infant/toddler specialist networks, how they are funded, how they are structured within a state, and lessons learned from states who have used them. [Note: Link checked on 5/10/2007 - this document is no longer available online].
  • Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: Parent-Provider Partnerships in Child Care
    This 10-unit training curriculum is meant to train childcare providers to promote healthy parenting and social-emotional development in young children and reduce child abuse and neglect.

6. Quality Counts 2007 - From Cradle to Career

Source: Education Week - Retrieved February 5, 2007

This year's "Quality Counts" report from Education Week examines what states are doing to create seamless education systems from early childhood to the world of work. The report includes information on what states are doing to address education in the earliest years. Forty-one states and the District of Columbia report having early-learning standards that are aligned with the academic expectations for elementary schools. Thirteen states have a formal definition of school readiness; 16 states require districts to assess the readiness of entering children; and 18 have interventions for children who do not meet school-readiness expectations. The full report is available at http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2007/01/04/index.html