July 20, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. Request for Comments: IDEA Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR)
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - July 17, 2007
  2. State Fact Sheets from Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation
      Source: Economic Policy Institute - Retrieved July 19, 2007
  3. America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2007
      Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics - July 20, 2007
  4. Early Childhood Health and Development Electronic Resource Center
      Source: National Academy for State Health Policy - Retrieved July 20, 2007
  5. Recently Updated - Spanish Early Literacy Parent-Child Activity Materials
      Source: Washington Learning Systems - July 17, 2007

1. Request for Comments: IDEA Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR)

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - July 17, 2007

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) recently published the following request for comments in the Federal Register:

Title: IDEA Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR)
Type of Review: Revision
Date: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before September 17, 2007
URL: For more information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2007-3/071707b.html
The entire package of SPP/APR revisions can be downloaded at http://edicsweb.ed.gov/browse/browsecoll.cfm?pkg_serial_num=3406 (scroll down to the bottom of the page)

2. State Fact Sheets from Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation

Source: Economic Policy Institute - Retrieved July 19, 2007

New fact sheets from the Economic Policy Institute demonstrate that most universal preschool education programs would pay for themselves within 10 years, with nine years being the national average. Based on Robert G. Lynch's recently published book, Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation (http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/book_enriching), they examine when total benefits would exceed program costs in every state. They are available at http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/book_enriching_state_facts.

3. America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2007

Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics - July 20, 2007

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2007 - This annual report presents 38 key indicators on important aspects of children's lives in the United States. It is now available online at http://childstats.gov/americaschildren/index.asp

4. Early Childhood Health and Development Electronic Resource Center

Source: National Academy for State Health Policy - Retrieved July 20, 2007

The National Academy for State Health Policy recently launched the ABCD Electronic Resource Center. The site provides easy access to research and resources on early childhood health and development, as well as information that states and providers can use to promote the effective identification of children with health and development needs. It is available at http://www.abcdresources.org/

5. Recently Updated - Spanish Early Literacy Parent-Child Activity Materials

Source: Washington Learning Systems - July 17, 2007

The Spanish version of Supporting Early Literacy in Natural Environments: Activities for Caregivers and Young Children has recently been updated. It includes forty-six home and community activities designed to address the three key skills of 1) language development, 2) phonological awareness, and 3) general print awareness. The activities are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically. To learn more go to http://www.walearning.com/parent-tools/