October 12, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. 2nd Quarter 2007 Policy Letters of Clarification on IDEA from the U.S. Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - October 12, 2007
  2. Grant Notice - Multi-Year Individualized Education Program (IEP) Demonstration Program
      Source: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education - October 12, 2007
  3. Grant Notice - Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Paperwork Waiver Demonstration Program
      Source: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education - October 12, 2007
  4. Effective Educational Programs for Young Children: What We Need to Know
      Source: Child Development Perspectives - October 12, 2007
  5. Title I and Early Childhood Programs: A Look at Investments in the NCLB Era
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - October 10, 2007
  6. Free Language and Early Literacy Materials in English and Spanish
      Source: Washington Learning Systems - Retrieved October 11, 2007

1. 2nd Quarter 2007 Policy Letters of Clarification on IDEA from the U.S. Department of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - October 12, 2007

Letters from the U.S. Department of Education received by individuals during the 2nd quarter of 2007, which describe interpretations of the IDEA and its implementing regulations are now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/index.html

For links to letters of clarification that address early childhood provisions of the IDEA (Part C and Section 619) go to http://www.nectac.org/idea/clarfctnltrs.asp

2. Grant Notice - Multi-Year Individualized Education Program (IEP) Demonstration Program

Source: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education - October 12, 2007

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of applications for a Multi-Year IEP Demonstration Program. OSERS will select up to 15 States to participate in a single one-time only pilot program that will focus on the development of comprehensive multi-year IEPs and the national need to reduce the paperwork burden associated with IEPs while preserving students' civil rights and promoting academic achievement.
Applications Available: October 12, 2007.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 11, 2008.
For more complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2007-4/101207f.html

3. Grant Notice - Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Paperwork Waiver Demonstration Program

Source: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education - October 12, 2007

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has announced the availability of applications for the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Paperwork Waiver Demonstration Program. OSERS will select up to 15 States to participate in a single, one-time only pilot program to create opportunities to reduce paperwork burdens and other administrative duties in order to increase time for instruction and other activities, while preserving students' civil rights and promoting improved educational and functional results for children with disabilities.
Applications Available: October 12, 2007.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 11, 2008.
For more complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2007-4/101207g.html

4. Effective Educational Programs for Young Children: What We Need to Know

Source: Child Development Perspectives - October 12, 2007

The inaugural issue of Child Development Perspectives, a new journal from the Society for Research in Child Development, includes an article entitled Effective Educational Programs for Young Children: What We Need to Know, by Ruby Takanishi and Kimber L. Bogard. The authors review what is currently known and what needs to be determined about factors that contribute to positive outcomes from early education programs. It is available online at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118492258/issue

5. Title I and Early Childhood Programs: A Look at Investments in the NCLB Era

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - October 10, 2007

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has published a new paper entitled Title I and Early Childhood Programs: A Look at Investments in the NCLB Era, by Danielle Ewen and Hannah Matthews. This paper looks at the various ways in which school districts are using funds from Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) for early education through kindergarten and the impact of NCLB on those investments. Recommendations for local educational agencies interested in creating Title I-funded early education programs are included. It is available at http://clasp.org/publications/ccee_paper2.pdf

6. Free Language and Early Literacy Materials in English and Spanish

Source: Washington Learning Systems - Retrieved October 11, 2007

New (birth-to-three age range) parent-child activity materials to promote early language and literacy development are available on the Washington Learning Systems Web site at http://www.walearning.com/parent-tools/infants/. The materials are available in both English and Spanish and may be copied and distributed as long as they are not sold. They are appropriate for young children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically.