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Source: U.S. Department of Education - November 2, 2007
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $999,490 grant to the University of South Florida to establish a national special education technical assistance center on State Implementation and Scaling-Up of Evidence-Based Practices (SISEP). SISEP will initially work with six states to help local school districts build education programs that work for all students, including those with disabilities. The six states will be identified by next March. It is anticipated that the lessons learned from these states will be shared and used by other states nationwide. For more information see the news release at http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2007/11/11022007.html
Source: SpecialQuest - November 8, 2007
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start has awarded a new grant to the Head Start/Hilton Foundation Training Program (Special Quest) to support inclusive early childhood services. The new program will be operated through the Napa County Office of Education, Special Projects Division (California), in collaboration with the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
The new grant will build on the learnings from ten years of implementing the SpecialQuest project with Early Head Start Programs across the country. SpecialQuest will work intensely with ten states to develop a collaborative state-wide training plan to support inclusive early childhood services (birth - 5). Applications will be available in mid-November at http://www.specialquest.org/
Source: Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence - November 9, 2007
The Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence (TRACE) has released a new snapshot entitled Pediatricians' Appraisals of a Universal Checklist for Making Early Intervention Referrals by Carl J. Dunst, Carol M. Trivette, Anne Gramiak, and Glinda Hill. This snapshot presents the results from a survey of pediatricians' assessments of the usability and applicability of a universal checklist for identifying infants and toddlers who may be eligible for early intervention. It can be accessed online at http://www.tracecenter.info/snapshots/snapshots_vol3_no1.pdf
Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - November 8, 2007
An updated policy brief from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) entitled Who Goes to Preschool and Why Does it Matter? by W. Steven Barnett and Donald J. Yaroszbut examines factors that influence preschool enrollment and offers policy recommendations to address inequities in access. It is available online at http://nieer.org/resources/policybriefs/15.pdf
Source: National Governors Association - November 2, 2007
The National Governors Association (NGA) Center, in partnership with Casey Family Programs, is hosting a series of webcasts on improving outcomes for children and youth in the child welfare system. On November 2, 2007 experts discussed the problem of poor educational outcomes for children in foster care and what states, and governors in particular, can do to improve these outcomes. To view the webcast online see Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Foster Care: What States Can Do.