October 5, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. New Research Synthesis on Early Childhood Inclusion
      Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - October 1, 2007
  2. Revised Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - October 1, 2007
  3. Promising Practices Report on Early Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders
      Source: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Retrieved October 5, 2007
  4. KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot - Too Many Babies Born Before Their Time: The Growing Problem of Preterm Births
      Source: Annie C. Casey Foundation - October 1, 2007
  5. Legislative Action on Pre-Kindergarten Programs for Fiscal Year 2008
      Source: Pre-K Now - September 25, 2007
  6. Recently Released Early Literacy Publications
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning and National Institute for Literacy - October 3, 2007

1. New Research Synthesis on Early Childhood Inclusion

Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - October 1, 2007

The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) has published a summary of key conclusions drawn from a review of the literature on early childhood inclusion. For more information and to download the synthesis go to http://www.fpg.unc.edu/news/highlight_detail.cfm?ID=713

2. Revised Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - October 1, 2007

A revised policy statement from the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing stresses timely and appropriate follow-up care for newborns who may have hearing loss. Since 2000, the number of screened newborns has increased from 38 to 95 percent, yet almost half of the infants who failed hearing screening tests did not receive timely follow-up care. Research indicates that when appropriate intervention occurs by 6 months of age for these infants, later performance on school-related measures improves by as much as 20 to 40 percentile points. See Year 2007 Position Statement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/120/4/898

3. Promising Practices Report on Early Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Retrieved October 5, 2007

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the availability of a new promising practices report on early diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). It is available online at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PromisingPractices/Downloads/CA-CollaborativeClinics6-7.pdf. The promising practices Web site is at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/promisingpractices/

4. KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot - Too Many Babies Born Before Their Time: The Growing Problem of Preterm Births

Source: Annie C. Casey Foundation - October 1, 2007

In 2004, one in eight babies in the United States was born before the 37th week of pregnancy. This is the highest number ever recorded - over half a million infants who face a greater risk than full-term babies for serious health and developmental problems. For more information see Too Many Babies Born Before Their Time: The Growing Problem of Preterm Births, available at http://www.kidscount.org/datacenter/snapshot_preterm.jsp

5. Legislative Action on Pre-Kindergarten Programs for Fiscal Year 2008

Source: Pre-K Now - September 25, 2007

A new report from Pre-K Now entitled Votes Count: Legislative Action on Pre-K Fiscal Year 2008 shows that 36 states will increase funds for pre-kindergarten programs in FY08, making programs available to at least 88,000 additional three and four year olds. The report presents a state-by-state analysis of legislative support for preschool education in the United States. It is available at http://www.preknow.org/documents/LegislativeReport_Sept2007.pdf

6. Recently Released Early Literacy Publications

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning and National Institute for Literacy - October 3, 2007

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) recently published the following new papers:

The National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) recently released the following three publications on early literacy for families - all written by Elizabeth Goldman and C. Ralph Adler: