May 18, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. Notice of Public Meetings About the Proposed Part C Regulations
      Source: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education - May 18, 2007
  2. Side-By-Side of Proposed Part C Regulations - Initial Draft
      Source: Council for Exceptional Children - May 17, 2007
  3. Final Report from the National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study
      Source: NEILS - Retrieved May 17, 2007
  4. Grant Notice - National Research and Development Center on Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Special Education
      Source: Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education - May 17, 2007
  5. Grant Notice - National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development
      Source: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education - May 14, 2007
  6. New Report on State Early Childhood Policies
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - May 16, 2007
  7. Cost-Benefit Study of Pre-Kindergarten Programs
      Source: Economic Policy Institute - May 14, 2007
  8. Review of Economic Analyses of Pre-Kindergarten Programs
      Source: Pre-K Now - May 14, 2007
  9. Recommendations to Support High-quality Early Education Programs Through Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act
      Source: Center for law and Social Policy - May 17, 2006
  10. New GAO Testimony on Child Welfare
      Source: Today's GAO Reports - May 15, 2007

1. Notice of Public Meetings About the Proposed Part C Regulations

Source: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education - May 18, 2007

The Secretary of Education announces plans to hold a series of public meetings to seek comments and suggestions about the proposed Part C regulations. Four public meetings will be held on June 4, 2007, June 6, 2007, June 11, 2007, and June 14, 2007. For complete information on where and when these will take place, and how to participate go to the Federal Register notice at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2007-2/051807a.html

2. Side-By-Side of Proposed Part C Regulations - Initial Draft

Source: Council for Exceptional Children - May 17, 2007

A May 2007 initial draft side-by-side comparison of the current and the proposed Part C regulations has been prepared by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) in collaboration with the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA). It is meant to serve as a tool to assist readers in preparing their own analysis related to the proposed Part C regulations. Please note that these are not final and may be updated. It can be accessed at http://www.cec.sped.org/Content/NavigationMenu/PolicyAdvocacy/IDEAResources/ideapartc.htm.

3. Final Report from the National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study

Source: NEILS - Retrieved May 17, 2007

The comprehensive final report from the 10-year National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study (NEILS) was recently posted online. This report summarizes some of the key findings from the study and notes their implications for policy, practice, and additional research. It available at http://www.sri.com/neils/pdfs/NEILS_Report_02_07_Final2.pdf

4. Grant Notice - National Research and Development Center on Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Special Education

Source: Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education - May 17, 2007

The Institute of Education Sciences' National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) has recently released the following FY 2008 Request for Applications:

5. Grant Notice - National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development

Source: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education - May 14, 2007

The following grant opportunities from the U.S. Department of Education was recently published in the Federal Register:

6. New Report on State Early Childhood Policies

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - May 16, 2007

A new report from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), State Early Childhood Policies: Improving the Odds, by Helene Stebbins and Jane Knitzer provides unique, detailed information about the policy choices that states make to promote the healthy development and school readiness of young children. The report and accompanying state profiles show that most low-income children are not getting the supports they need to build a solid foundation for future growth and achievement.

7. Cost-Benefit Study of Pre-Kindergarten Programs

Source: Economic Policy Institute - May 14, 2007

In a new book from the Economic Policy Institute, Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation: Public Investment in High-Quality Prekindergarten, Robert G. Lynch examines the costs and benefits to society of both universal prekindergarten programs and prekindergarten programs targeted to disadvantaged children. He shows that while both would have positive impacts on the economy, crime rates, the educational achievement of children and the earnings adults, universal pre-K programs would yield higher returns by the year 2050. To view highlights of this research report online go to http://www.epi.org/page/-/old/books/enriching/mediakit/lynch_fact_sheet.pdf

8. Review of Economic Analyses of Pre-Kindergarten Programs

Source: Pre-K Now - May 14, 2007

A new report published by Pre-K Now examines the findings of ten major economic impact studies of high-quality preschool education programs. The report illustrates how investing in young children yields significant financial returns for the children and their families, communities, and governments. It is available online at http://www.preknow.org/documents/DollarsandSense_May2007.pdf .

9. Recommendations to Support High-quality Early Education Programs Through Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act

Source: Center for law and Social Policy - May 17, 2006

The Center for law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently published a paper entitled Recommendations to Support High-quality Early Education Programs Through Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. It is based on two years study of the relationship between Title I and high-quality early education and offers recommendations for the reauthorization of NCLB. It is available online at http://www.clasp.org/publications/nlcb_ee_recs.pdf

10. New GAO Testimony on Child Welfare

Source: Today's GAO Reports - May 15, 2007

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released the following testimony: Child Welfare: Additional Federal Action Could Help States Address Challenges in Providing Services to Children and Families. It is available at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07850t.pdf. Highlights are available at http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d07850thigh.pdf.