October 26, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. 2008 IDEA Parts B and C Formula Grant Award Application Packages
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - Retrieved October 26, 2007
  2. IDEA Part B and Part C SPP/APR 2008 Packets
      Source: Regional Resource and Federal Centers Network - October 24, 2007
  3. Comments on Proposed Revision to 618 Data Reporting Requirements for Preschool LRE Settings
      Source: Division for Early Childhood and National Down Syndrome Society - October 22, 2007
  4. Characteristics of States' Monitoring and Improvement Practices under IDEA
      Source: National Center for Special Education Research - October 25, 3007
  5. Giving Intervention a Head Start - A Conversation with Edward Zigler
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - October 26, 2007
  6. The Dividends of Investing Early: Why We Need to Help the Youngest Children of Immigrants
      Source: Foundation for Child Development - October 26, 2007
  7. New FPG Snapshot - Crossing the Language Divide
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - October 22, 2007

1. 2008 IDEA Parts B and C Formula Grant Award Application Packages

Source: U.S. Department of Education - Retrieved October 26, 2007

The 2008 Grant Award Application Packages for Receiving a Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2008 Grant Award Under Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/osep/2008apps.html

2. IDEA Part B and Part C SPP/APR 2008 Packets

Source: Regional Resource and Federal Centers Network - October 24, 2007

On October 24, 2007, the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part B and Part C State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) 2008 Packets were posted on the Web site of the Regional Resource and Federal Centers Network. These documents are to be used for the February 1, 2008 APR submission. They are available at http://www.rrfcnetwork.org/content/view/490/47/

3. Comments on Proposed Revision to 618 Data Reporting Requirements for Preschool LRE Settings

Source: Division for Early Childhood and National Down Syndrome Society - October 22, 2007

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) published a Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests in the Federal Register on August 16, 2007 for IDEA Part B, 618 Educational Environments (Preschool LRE). Interested participants were invited to submit comments on or before October 15, 2007. Below are links to comments submitted by the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

4. Characteristics of States' Monitoring and Improvement Practices under IDEA

Source: National Center for Special Education Research - October 25, 3007

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSE) is conducting a 5-year evaluation of states' monitoring and improvement practices under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This report presents data collected through mail surveys conducted in the first phase of the evaluation. The two most commonly reported focus areas for monitoring programs for individuals ages 3 through 21 (Part B) were free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment (35 states) and access to the general curriculum (30 states). The two most commonly reported focus areas for monitoring programs for infants and toddlers (Part C) were Individualized Family Service Plan requirements and procedures (35 states) and transition to preschool (33 states). The report is available at http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/pdf/20083008.pdf

5. Giving Intervention a Head Start - A Conversation with Edward Zigler

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - October 26, 2007

The October issue of Educational Leadership features a conversation with Edward Zigler, renowned early childhood education expert, Head Start co-founder and NIEER Scientific Advisory Board member, about his views on Head Start, universal preschool, and child care. It can be accessed at http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/oct07/vol65/num02/Giving_Intervention_a_Head_Start.aspx

6. The Dividends of Investing Early: Why We Need to Help the Youngest Children of Immigrants

Source: Foundation for Child Development - October 26, 2007

The Foundation for Child Development's 2007 Annual Report All our Children? Health and Education of Children of Immigrants includes an essay by Alexandra Fuenmayor Starr entitled The Dividends of Investing Early: Why We Need to Help the Youngest Children of Immigrants. The author discusses the impact that young children of immigrants, over 90 percent of whom are citizens, will have on America's cultural and economic future. It is available at http://www.fcd-us.org/resources/resources_show.htm?doc_id=561788.

7. New FPG Snapshot - Crossing the Language Divide

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - October 22, 2007

A case study published in the August 2007 issue of the Early Childhood Education Journal by FPG investigator Christina Gillanders demonstrates how English-speaking prekindergarten teachers can cross the language barrier to build positive relationships with English language learners. This Snapshot provides a brief summary of findings. It is available at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~snapshots/snap49.pdf

Full citation: Gillanders, C. (2007). An English-speaking prekindergarten teacher for young Latino children: Implications of the teacher-child relationship on second language learning. Early Childhood Education Journal, 35(1), 47-54.