March 16, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. 2006 State Preschool Yearbook
      Source: NIEER - March 15, 2007
  2. State Infant and Toddler Initiative Profiles
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - March 12, 2007
  3. Grant Notice - 2007 Governors' Summits on Early Childhood
      Source: NGA Center - March 12, 2007
  4. Q&A Documents on the IDEA 2004 Regulations
      Source: OSEP - Retrieved March 15, 2007
  5. New Autism Web Site for Spanish-Speaking Families
      Source: Manitas Por Autismo - March 14, 2007
  6. Recommendations on Early Childhood Education for Hispanic Children
      Source: National Task Force on Early Childhood for Hispanics and National Institute for Early Education Research - March 8, 2007

1. 2006 State Preschool Yearbook

Source: NIEER - March 15, 2007

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has released its fourth annual report profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs. The 2006 State Preschool Yearbook presents data on: (1) national trends for enrollment in, quality of, and state spending on preschool; (2) profiles of each state's policies with respect to preschool access, quality standards, and resources; (3) unique features of state programs; (4) recent changes to state programs; and (5) 2005-2006 survey data from every state, as well as Head Start, child care, and U.S. Census data. It is available online at http://nieer.org/yearbook/

2. State Infant and Toddler Initiative Profiles

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - March 12, 2007

CLASP's 2006 Starting Off Right report (http://www.clasp.org/publications/startingoffright.htm) described strategies states are using to improve early care and education for infants and toddlers and supports for their families. These new State Infant and Toddler Initiative Profiles provide in-depth information on the state initiatives highlighted in Starting Off Right. Go to http://www.clasp.org/publications/state_infanttoddler_profiles.htm

3. Grant Notice - 2007 Governors' Summits on Early Childhood

Source: NGA Center - March 12, 2007

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has released a request for proposals for states and U.S. territories that did not receive a Governor's Summit on Early Childhood Grant in 2006. The intent of this project is to support Governors seeking to raise awareness and support for a comprehensive school readiness agenda for children ages birth to five. Proposals are due by April 24, 2007. Grants of $10,000 will be awarded to as many as 10 states. For complete information go to http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0703EARLYCHILDHOODRFP.PDF [Note: Link checked on 5/6/2009 - this document is no longer available online.]

4. Q&A Documents on the IDEA 2004 Regulations

Source: OSEP - Retrieved March 15, 2007

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has published a series of Q&A documents from their recent regional implementation meetings on the IDEA 2004 regulations. These are available on the IDEA 2004 Web site at http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croot%2Cdynamic%2CQaCorner%2C

5. New Autism Web Site for Spanish-Speaking Families

Source: Manitas Por Autismo - March 14, 2007

A new Web site, created by families for families, provides information in Spanish about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). A chat room and forum area are under development. These will be moderated by parents of children with autism. Two doctors and an advocate will help to answer questions. Go to http://www.manitasporautismo.com

6. Recommendations on Early Childhood Education for Hispanic Children

Source: National Task Force on Early Childhood for Hispanics and National Institute for Early Education Research - March 8, 2007

The National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanic Children has published a report entitled Para Nuestros Niņos: Expanding and Improving Early Education for Hispanics, which includes a set of recommendations to remedy the under-representation of this group in public early childhood education programs.
Main Report - http://www.ecehispanic.org/work/expand_MainReport.pdf
Executive Report - http://www.ecehispanic.org/work/expand_ExecReport.pdf

See also: Policy Brief - Is Public Pre-K Preparing Hispanic Children to Succeed in School? by Luis M. Laosa and Pat Ainsworth. It is available on the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) Web site at http://nieer.org/resources/policybriefs/13.pdf