October 18, 2002

In this Issue:

1. Education Secretary Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002

Source: www.ed.gov - October 17, 2002

U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today issued the following statement on the passage of legislation creating a new education research office -- a key principle of No Child Left Behind: "This is another big win for improving the education of America's children.  Both the House and Senate have worked hard on passing this legislation and I applaud their commitment and focus on this very important issue.  Like the administration, Congress recognizes the importance of providing our schools   with the best tools necessary to successfully teach our children.

"One of the major tenets of our education policy is that teaching and learning practices be based on sound, scientific research.  Congress shares that understanding with us and it is clear from this bill that they view the role of research as the cornerstone of educational reform.  Also critical is the fact that this bill establishes the new Institute of Education Sciences, which will include national education centers focused on research, statistics, and evaluation, and will allow us to move forward aggressively to support the high-quality research, evaluation, and statistical activities needed to improve education policy and practice.

To read the full press release go to: http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2002/10/10172002.html

2. National Infant Toddler Child Care Policies and Practices Technical Assistance Project

Source: Stettner-Eaton, Bobbi - October 16, 2002

ZERO TO THREE has been selected by the Child Care Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to establish the National Infant Toddler Child Care Policies and Practices Technical Assistance Project. Under this 3-year contract, ZERO TO THREE will work with 10 states each year (30 states in all) to develop strategic plans to address the unmet child care needs of infants and toddlers. The Project will provide technical assistance, document changes, evaluate states' progress, develop materials including state fact sheets and issue briefs, present at regional and national meetings, and respond to information requests regarding the needs of infants and toddlers in child care. For more information go to http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer.

3. New Resource on Using Assistive Technology in Assessments

Source: IDEAnews - September 2002

The Technology and Media Division (TAM) of the Council for Exceptional Children has developed an addendum to the ASPIIRE and ILIAD Partnership multimedia resource Making Assessment Accommodations: A Toolkit for Educators.
This addition to the already widely popular multi-media resource addresses utilizing technology in making assessment
accommodations. Using the framework of the Toolkit, TAM offers strategies and approaches to assistive technology as they relate to the different sections of the Toolkit. Suggestions for assistive technology range from low to high technology while strategies discuss clarification of a specific accommodation or modification....

Links from the Article:
* TAM http://www.tamcec.org/
* Making Assessment Accommodations: A Toolkit for Educators http://cec-live.2rad.net/bk/catalog2/assessment.html
* Utilizing Technology in Making Assessment Accomodations - http://www.wati.org/AT_Services/pdf/Utilizing_AT_for_Accom.pdf [Note: Link checked on 5/6/2009 - this document is no longer available online.]

4. Technical Assistance call : Making Dollars Follow Sense--Financing Early Childhood Mental Health Services

Source: Stettner-Eaton, Bobbi - October 11, 2002

Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development has scheduled a technical assistance call on October 24, 2002 entitled Making Dollars Follow Sense - Financing Early Childhood Mental Health Services as part of their Systems of Care series. For more information on this series of National TA conference calls go to http://gucchd.georgetown.edu/programs/ta_center/tacalls.html

A report on this topic from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) was announced in our September 27, 2002 issue of eNotes. It is entitled Making Dollars Follow Sense: Financing Early Childhood Mental Health Services to Promote Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children. It is available online at http://nccp.org/publications/pub_483.html.

5. Promoting Early Childhood Literacy: Highlights of State Efforts

Source: Stettner-Eaton, Bobbi - October 15, 2002

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has posted a new paper on its Web site entitled, "Promoting Early Childhood Literacy: Highlights of State Efforts." The paper describes what states are doing with state money on 0-5 early literacy efforts (not including Head Start or Even Start or Title I). It can be downloaded from:
http://www.naeyc.org/policy/state/pdf/literac1.pdf

6. Folate Deficiency Associated With Higher Early Miscarriage Risk

Source: Source NIH News Release - October 15, 2002

Pregnant women who have low blood levels of the vitamin folate are more likely to have early miscarriages than are pregnant women who have adequate folate levels, according to a study of Swedish women by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The finding suggests that a 1998 mandate by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fortify grain products with folic acid (the synthetic form of the vitamin) may prevent miscarriage in some women, in addition to lowering their risk for having a child with a class of birth defects known as neural tube defects (NTDs). NTDs include both spina bifida, in which a piece of the spinal cord protrudes from the spinal column, causing paralysis below the protrusion, and anencephaly, a fatal condition in which the brain fails to develop.

The study appears in the current issue of the "Journal of the American Medical Association." For more information go to: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/miscarriage_risk.cfm