March 9, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. Early Childhood Leadership Symposium Materials Available
      Source: National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education - March 6, 2007
  2. Behavior Policy Makers' Summits - Resources Now Available Online
      Source: Center for Evidence-Based Practices: Young Children with Challenging Behavior - March 2, 2007
  3. Grant Notice - National Center to Enhance the Training of Personnel Who Share Responsibility for Improving Outcomes for Young Children with Disabilities
      Source: Federal Register: March 5, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 42)
  4. Early Reading First Program - Notice Reopening the Deadline Date for Transmittal of Pre-Applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007
      Source: Federal Register: March 7, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 44)
  5. Analysis of State Newborn Hearing Screening Rates
      Source: Public Health Reports - Retrieved March 2, 2007
  6. NACCRRA Report Ranks the States on Child Care Center Standards
      Source: NACCRRA - March 5, 2007
  7. Kids Count Data Snapshot - One Out of Five U.S. Children is Living in an Immigrant Family
      Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - March 9, 2007

1. Early Childhood Leadership Symposium Materials Available

Source: National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education - March 6, 2007

The National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (NCRECE) is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, to conduct research, disseminate research findings, and conduct leadership activities aimed at improving the quality of early childhood education across the United States. Materials from NCRECE's recent Leadership Symposium, held on February 1st, 2007, are now available online at http://www.ncrece.org/resources/summit2007/

2. Behavior Policy Makers' Summits - Resources Now Available Online

Source: Center for Evidence-Based Practices: Young Children with Challenging Behavior - March 2, 2007

The Center for Evidence-Based Practices: Young Children with Challenging Behavior has convened annual Summits to bring together individuals who can influence federal and state policy, create a forum for discussion and collaborative action planning, and allow participants to review research findings and collaboratively identify issues and initiatives to improve social and behavioral outcomes for young children. Materials, presentations and summaries of discussions from these Summits (2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006) can now be found on the Center's Web site at http://www.challengingbehavior.org/explore/presentations_workshops.htm

3. Grant Notice - National Center to Enhance the Training of Personnel Who Share Responsibility for Improving Outcomes for Young Children with Disabilities

Source: Federal Register: March 5, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 42)

Issuing Agency: U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Title: National Center to Enhance the Training of Personnel Who Share Responsibility for Improving Outcomes for Young Children With Disabilities (National Early Childhood Training Enhancement Center) [CFDA# 84.325J]

Purpose of Program: To (1) help address State-identified needs for highly qualified personnel - in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education - to work with infants or toddlers with disabilities, or children with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the skills and knowledge - derived from practices that have been determined through research and experience to be successful - that are needed to serve those children.

Applications Available: March 5, 2007.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 19, 2007.
Complete information is available at: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2007-1/030507a.html

4. Early Reading First Program - Notice Reopening the Deadline Date for Transmittal of Pre-Applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007

Source: Federal Register: March 7, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 44)

The Department of Education is reopening the pre-application phase of the Early Reading First FY 2007 competition for all eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) and for eligible entities located in communities served by those LEAs. The pre-application phase is being reopened, because the originally posted State lists of eligible LEAs did not include all LEAs that were eligible as of January 22, 2007, and included some LEAs that were ineligible as of that date. The new deadline date for applicants to submit pre-applications is March 23, 2007. For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2007-1/030707a.html

Applicants must refer to the notice inviting applications that was published in the Federal Register published on January 22, 2007 (available at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2007-1/012207d.html) for all other requirements concerning this reopened competition.

5. Analysis of State Newborn Hearing Screening Rates

Source: Public Health Reports - Retrieved March 2, 2007

The results of a study done to determine whether states with universal newborn hearing screening legislation screened a higher percentage of infants for hearing loss than states without such legislation are described in the March-April 2007 issue of Public Health Reports. To read a full summary of the findings go to http://www.mchlibrary.info/alert/2007/alert030207.html#5

Article full citation:
Green, D. R., Gaffney M., Devine O., et al. (2007). Determining the effect of newborn hearing screening legislation: An analysis of state hearing screening rates. Public Health Reports, 122(2):198-205. Available at http://www.publichealthreports.org/userfiles/122_2/11_PHR122-2_198-205.pdf

6. NACCRRA Report Ranks the States on Child Care Center Standards

Source: NACCRRA - March 5, 2007

A new NACCRRA report, entitled We Can Do Better, provides scorecards ranking state child care center standards, state child care oversight, and a combined score ranking states on both standards and oversight. The authors conclude that child care standards and oversight vary state by state and many states are doing little to protect the health and safety of children or to promote school readiness." Available online at http://www.naccrra.org/policy/recent_reports/scorecard.php

7. Kids Count Data Snapshot - One Out of Five U.S. Children is Living in an Immigrant Family

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - March 9, 2007

A new Kids Count Snapshot provides state- and national-level data about children residing in immigrant families in the United States, background on why it is critical to help this growing group of children, and resources for improving their chances of growing up with the opportunities they need to succeed. Go to http://www.kidscount.org/datacenter/snapshot_immigrant.jsp