September 14, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. New Research Synthesis from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - September 12, 2007
  2. NIEER Working Paper - Two-way and Monolingual English Immersion in Preschool Education: An Experimental Comparison
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - Retrieved September 14, 2007
  3. Notice of Proposed Rule Making - Elimination of Reimbursement Under Medicaid for School Administration Expenditures and Costs Related to Transportation of School-Age Children Between Home and School
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - September 7, 2007
  4. Requests for Comments from the Institute of Education Sciences
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - September 12, 2007

1. New Research Synthesis from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - September 12, 2007

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has recently released a new research synthesis entitled Predictors of and Interventions Associated with Later Literacy Learning, by Carl J. Dunst, Carol M. Trivette, and Deborah W. Hamby. It is available at http://earlyliteracylearning.org/cellreviews/cellreviews_v1_n3.pdf. To view all CELL products go to http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/products.php.

2. NIEER Working Paper - Two-way and Monolingual English Immersion in Preschool Education: An Experimental Comparison

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - Retrieved September 14, 2007

Growing numbers of preschool-aged children in the United States are English language learners. A new paper from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) discusses the findings from a randomized trial looking at the effects of dual language or two-way immersion and monolingual English immersion preschool programs on children's growth in language, emergent literacy, and mathematics. The report, Two-way and Monolingual English Immersion in Preschool Education: An Experimental Comparison, by W. Steven Barnett, Donald J. Yarosz, Jessica Thomas, Kwanghee Jung, and Dulce Blanco is available online at http://nieer.org/resources/research/TwoWay.pdf

3. Notice of Proposed Rule Making - Elimination of Reimbursement Under Medicaid for School Administration Expenditures and Costs Related to Transportation of School-Age Children Between Home and School

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - September 7, 2007

On September 7, 2007, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making that would eliminate federal Medicaid payments for administrative activities performed by school employees or contractors, or anyone under the control of a public or private educational institution. The proposed regulations would also eliminate Medicaid reimbursements for transportation from home to school and back for school-aged children with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or an Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) established pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Public comments are due by November 6, 2007. For complete information go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/07-4356.htm

4. Requests for Comments from the Institute of Education Sciences

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - September 12, 2007

The Institute of Education Sciences recently issued invitations to comment on the following:

TITLE: An Impact Evaluation of Early Literacy Programs.
ABSTRACT: The Study will help determine whether early literacy preschool programs have an impact on participating children, and, if so, whether such effects vary among different types of children, families, schools and children's preschool and program experiences. The information will guide decision making in preschool classroom practices and interventions to improve acquisition of early skills and program implementation. The respondents will be preschool children, teachers, paraprofessionals, and parents.
DATES: Comments are due on or before October 12, 2007.
URL: For more information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2007-3/091207a.html

TITLE: Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), Kindergarten Year Delayed Entry and Repeaters.
ABSTRACT: The ECLS-B is part of a longitudinal studies program. The ECLS-B is designed to follow a national representative sample of children born in 2001 from nine months of age through kindergarten. The cohort has already been seen at nine months and at two years. The current effort is directed towards seeing them in their kindergarten year. The children turned five in 2006, and while the majority of these children were in kindergarten year in 2006, some of them are repeating kindergarten and some were delayed entering kindergarten. It is these children, who either are repeating kindergarten or were delayed entering kindergarten, who are being contacted in this data collection.
DATES: Comments are due on or before October 12, 2007.
URL:For more information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2007-3/091207b.html