November 2, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. 27th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of IDEA
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - Retrieved November 1, 2007
  2. Corrections to the Final IDEA 2004 Part B Regulations
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - October 30, 2007
  3. New AAP Reports Help Pediatricians Identify and Manage Autism Earlier
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - October 29, 2007
  4. Preschool: First Findings From the Third Follow-up of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)
      Source: National Center for Education Statistics - October 30, 2007
  5. Governors' Summits on Early Childhood: Closing the Achievement Gap for Children Birth to Five
      Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center and National Governors Association Center on Best Practices - October 29, 2007
  6. Child Care in Colorado: Making Care More Affordable for Working Families
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - November 1, 2007

1. 27th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of IDEA

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - Retrieved November 1, 2007

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) recently released the 27th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Parts B and C. It is now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/osep/2005/parts-b-c/index.html

2. Corrections to the Final IDEA 2004 Part B Regulations

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - October 30, 2007

On August 14, 2006, the Department of Education published final regulations in the Federal Register to implement changes made to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004). That document inadvertently included minor technical errors and on October 30, 2007, corrections to these final regulations were published in the Federal Register. They are available at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/2007-4/103007a.html.

3. New AAP Reports Help Pediatricians Identify and Manage Autism Earlier

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - October 29, 2007

The following new reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics are meant to help pediatricians recognize autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and guide families to effective interventions earlier.

  • Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders - http://www.aap.org/pressroom/AutismID.pdf - Provides detailed information to help pediatricians recognize early, subtle signs of ASDs in young children that if detected could lead to earlier diagnosis. Also introduces universal screening, recommending pediatricians conduct formal ASD screening on all children at 18 and 24 months regardless of whether there are any concerns.
  • Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders - http://www.aap.org/pressroom/AutismMgmt.pdf - Reviews therapies and educational strategies that are the cornerstones of treatment for ASDs and strongly advises intervention as soon as an ASD diagnosis is seriously considered, rather than waiting until a definitive diagnosis is made. Recommends that the child be actively engaged in intensive intervention at least 25 hours per week, 12 months per year with a low student-to-teacher ratio allowing for sufficient one-on-one time. Parents should also be included.

4. Preschool: First Findings From the Third Follow-up of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)

Source: National Center for Education Statistics - October 30, 2007

The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) is the first nationally representative study in the U.S. to directly assess children's early mental and physical development, the quality of their early care and education settings, and the contributions of both fathers and mothers in their lives. Approximately 10,000 children are being followed from birth through kindergarten entry. This report provides information on characteristics of the children at about 4 years of age. It is available online at http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008025. To view additional ECLS-B reports go to http://nces.ed.gov/ecls/news.asp.

5. Governors' Summits on Early Childhood: Closing the Achievement Gap for Children Birth to Five

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center and National Governors Association Center on Best Practices - October 29, 2007

In 2006 and 2007 the National Governors Association Center on Best Practices (NGA Center) awarded $10,000 grants to 17 states for the purpose of hosting statewide summits on early childhood to raise awareness about the needs of their youngest children. This article from the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center highlights the summits that were funded in 2006 and discusses what is expected at upcoming summits. It is available at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/NGASummit.pdf?docID=4381

On a related note, the Fall 2007 issue of the NGA Center's Bright Futures Newsletter includes profiles of a number of governors who recently received Early Childhood Summit grants. To learn more go to http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0710BRIGHTFUTURESNEWS.pdf

6. Child Care in Colorado: Making Care More Affordable for Working Families

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - November 1, 2007

The high cost of child care puts reliable, high-quality care out of reach for many families across the nation. This new report from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) about child care in Colorado finds that child care subsidies can help, but only a small number of eligible families receive assistance and those who do can be penalized for working and earning more. Policy challenges and solutions that would make child care more affordable are discussed. It is available online at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_782.html.