March 30, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. Notice of Proposed Priorities - Technical Assistance on Data Collection
      Source: Federal Register: March 30, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 61)
  2. New Findings from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development
      Source: NIH News - March 26, 2007
  3. National Summit on America's Children
      Source: Speaker of the House Press Release - March 28, 2007
  4. Assistive Technology and Early Childhood Education
      Source: Family Center on Technology and Disability - March 29, 2007
  5. Training Modules from the Building the Legacy Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004
      Source: NICHCY - March 30, 2007

1. Notice of Proposed Priorities - Technical Assistance on Data Collection

Source: Federal Register: March 30, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 61)

On March 30, 2007 the Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services published three proposed funding priorities addressing data collected under Part B and Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended (IDEA). Comments on these proposed priorities are requested on or before June 13, 2007. For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/proprule/2007-1/033007d.html.

Note: Of special interest to the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education field is Proposed Priority C - Outcome Measures. This priority is for projects that address the needs of States for technical assistance to improve their capacity to meet Federal data collection requirements in one or both of the following two focus areas:
- The development or enhancement of Part B State systems for collecting, analyzing, and reporting preschool outcome indicator data.
- The development or enhancement of Part C systems for collecting, analyzing, and reporting outcome indicator data.

2. New Findings from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development

Source: NIH News - March 26, 2007

The most recent analysis of the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development found that the more time children spent in center-based care before kindergarten, the more likely their sixth grade teachers were to report problem behaviors. The analysis also showed that children who received higher quality child care before entering kindergarten had better vocabulary scores in the fifth grade than children who received lower quality care. These increases in problem behaviors and vocabulary were small, however, and the authors emphasize that parenting quality is a much more important predictor of child development than type, quantity, or quality, of child care. The findings appear in the March/April 2007 issue of Child Development. The full NIH news release is available online at http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/mar2007/nichd-26.htm.

3. National Summit on America's Children

Source: Speaker of the House Press Release - March 28, 2007

The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives recently announced the convening of a bipartisan National Summit on America's Children in Washington, DC on Tuesday, May 22, 2007. The purpose of the summit will be to hear from experts in the field of neuroscience and child development and to examine how federal policies can take advantage of and support the most relevant research on how children grow and learn. To learn more go to http://speaker.house.gov/newsroom/pressreleases?id=0124

4. Assistive Technology and Early Childhood Education

Source: Family Center on Technology and Disability - March 29, 2007

The March newsletter of the Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) examines the role of assistive technology in early childhood education and discusses resources currently available to facilitate its use. Included is an interview with Linda Robinson, Project Director of the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood at Western Illinois University and an expert who has worked in the field of early childhood education for 26 years. The newsletter is available online at http://www.fctd.info/resources/newsletters/displayNewsletter.php?newsletterID=10045

5. Training Modules from the Building the Legacy Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004

Source: NICHCY - March 30, 2007

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) recently announced the first four training modules from its Building the Legacy Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004. Each module includes a PowerPoint presentation to use in training sessions, discussions of IDEA for trainers, and handouts for audience participants. The modules now available for download, use, and sharing include:

  • Introduction to Evaluation
  • Initial Evaluation and Reevaluation
  • Identification of Children with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Disproportionality and Overrepresentation
They are available at http://www.nichcy.org/training/contents.asp