September 7, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. Grant Notice - State Personnel Development Grants Program
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - September 5, 2007
  2. New Project THRIVE Brief Explores Local Systems Development
      Source: Project THRIVE - September 4, 2007
  3. Recognition & Response - Ask the Experts
      Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities - September 4, 2007
  4. New FPG Snapshot - Caregiver Well-Being Affects Academic Achievement
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - September 4, 2007
  5. Child Health USA 2006
      Source: Maternal and Child Health Bureau - Retrieved September 4, 2007

1. Grant Notice - State Personnel Development Grants Program

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - September 5, 2007

On September 5, 2007, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) published the following grant notice in the Federal Register:

TITLE: State Personnel Development Grants Program
PRIORITY: To assist State educational agencies (SEAs) in reforming and improving their personnel preparation and professional development systems for teachers, principals, administrators, related services personnel, paraprofessionals, and early intervention personnel. The intent of this priority is to improve educational results for children with disabilities through the delivery of high quality instruction and the recruitment, hiring, and retention of highly qualified special education teachers
DUE DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: January 3, 2008
URL: For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2007-3/090507b.html

2. New Project THRIVE Brief Explores Local Systems Development

Source: Project THRIVE - September 4, 2007

Project THRIVE, at the National Center for Children in Poverty, provides policy support to the State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) initiatives funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. A new brief from Project THRIVE highlights the efforts of 10 states that are developing local systems to build their Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems and to improve outcomes for children and families. For more information and to download the report go to http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_758.html

3. Recognition & Response - Ask the Experts

Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities - September 4, 2007

Recognition and Response is a new system that is being developed to help teachers and parents identify young children ages 3-5 who may be at-risk for learning disabilities and to assist these children before they experience school failure. The Recognition and Response Web site has a new "Ask the Experts" feature, which will highlight questions from early childhood educators and answers from experts at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) on a bi-weekly basis. Questions can be sent to programs@ncld.org. The answers will be posted at http://www.recognitionandresponse.org/

4. New FPG Snapshot - Caregiver Well-Being Affects Academic Achievement

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - September 4, 2007

A recent study by the FPG Child Development Institute looked at the family and social environments of 501 children enrolled in public publicly funded pre-kindergarten in five states and examined how these factors influenced the children's academic achievement. To read a brief summary of the findings, go to http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~snapshots/snap48.pdf

Full article citation: Barbarin, O., Bryant, D., McCandies, T., Burchinal, M., Early, D., Clifford, R., Pianta, R., & Howes, C. (2006). Children enrolled in public pre-k: The relation of family life, neighborhood quality, and socio-economic resources to early competence. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76(2), 265-276.

5. Child Health USA 2006

Source: Maternal and Child Health Bureau - Retrieved September 4, 2007

Child Health USA 2006 is the 17th annual report from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau on the health status and service needs of America's children. Data are presented for the target populations of Title V funding: infants, children, adolescents, children with special health care needs, and women of childbearing age. It is available online at http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/chusa_06/index.htm