June 18, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. What Works Clearinghouse Releases New Intervention Report on Early Childhood Education
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - June 11, 2007
  2. New Publications on IDEA Preschool Services and Transition to Kindergarten
      Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities - Retrieved June 12, 2007
  3. Policy Letters of Clarification on IDEA from the U.S. Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - June 8, 2007
  4. 16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect Post Conference Materials
      Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - June 18, 2007
  5. Framing Early Childhood Development: Recommendations for Infant-Toddler Professionals & Advocates
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - June 11, 2007
  6. The Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study (APPLES)
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - June 18, 2007

1. What Works Clearinghouse Releases New Intervention Report on Early Childhood Education

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - June 11, 2007

On June 11, 2007 the What Works Clearinghouse released the following new topic report on Early Childhood Education: Intervention: Ready, Set, Leap!. This preschool curriculum focuses on early reading skills such as phonemic awareness, letter knowledge, and letter-sound correspondence using multi- sensory technology that incorporates touch, sight, and sound. To view the report go to http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/reports/early_ed/rsl/

2. New Publications on IDEA Preschool Services and Transition to Kindergarten

Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities - Retrieved June 12, 2007

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) recently released the following new publications:

3. Policy Letters of Clarification on IDEA from the U.S. Department of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - June 8, 2007

Letters from the U.S. Department of Education received by individuals during the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2006, which describe interpretations of IDEA and its implementing regulations are now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/index.html

For links to letters of clarification that address early childhood provisions of the IDEA (Part C and Section 619) go to http://www.nectac.org/idea/clarfctnltrs.asp

4. 16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect Post Conference Materials

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - June 18, 2007

Conference materials from the 16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect are now available online. The Conference Program includes information on plenaries, workshops, seminars, roundtables, poster sessions, and experiential learning opportunities that took place at the conference. The Commissioner's Award Book profiles honorees from various States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. These are available at www.childwelfare.gov/calendar/cbconference/sixteenth/

5. Framing Early Childhood Development: Recommendations for Infant-Toddler Professionals & Advocates

Source: ZERO TO THREE - June 11, 2007

A new article in the framing series from ZERO TO THREE examines a number of early childhood frames, the impact those frames have on how people think about infant-toddler development, and the consequences for public policy. It is available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/Framing4.pdf?docID=3541

6. The Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study (APPLES)

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - June 18, 2007

A new study from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) of New Jersey's Abbott Preschool Program shows that kindergarteners who attended the program, which serves the state's neediest districts, closed more than 50 percent of the gap between their literacy scores and the national average. Kindergartners who attended Abbott pre-K also outperformed those who did not in math. The full report is available online at http://nieer.org/docs/index.php?DocID=173