January 3, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Grant Notices from the Department of Education
      Source: U. S. Department of Education - Retrieved January 3, 2008
  2. FY 2008 Appropriations for the Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - December 28, 2007
  3. Research Report on Developmental Surveillance and Screening in Primary Care
      Source: Commonwealth Fund - December 11, 2007
  4. Research Briefs from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW)
      Source: National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being - Retrieved January 2, 2008
  5. DEC Paper - Promoting Positive Outcomes for Children with Disabilities: Recommendations for Curriculum, Assessment and Program Evaluation
      Source: Division for Early Childhood - December 12, 2007
  6. New Science Briefs from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
      Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - Retrieved January 2, 2007
  7. New Briefs on Child Care and Early Education from the Center for Law and Social Policy
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - December 20, 2007

1. Grant Notices from the Department of Education

Source: U. S. Department of Education - Retrieved January 3, 2008

The U.S. Department of Education recently published the following grant notices in the Federal Register:

2. FY 2008 Appropriations for the Department of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - December 28, 2007

On December 26th the President signed into law H.R. 2764, Division G of which provides FY 2008 appropriations for Labor, HHS, and Education. A table (last updated 12/19/2007) showing what this bill provides for education programs is available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget08/08action.pdf (scan to down to page 9 for special education). Some changes in the appropriations for FY08 include the following:

  • IDEA Section 619 Preschool - reduced by $6.65 million
  • IDEA Part C Infants and Toddlers - reduced by $746,000
  • IDEA Part D:
    - Technical Assistance and Dissemination - reduced by $854,000
    - Personnel Preparation - reduced by $1.567 million
    - Parent Information Centers - $824,000 increase

3. Research Report on Developmental Surveillance and Screening in Primary Care

Source: Commonwealth Fund - December 11, 2007

The Commonwealth Fund has published a report entitled Developmental Screening in Primary Care: The Effectiveness of Current Practice and Recommendations for Improvement, which finds that developmental delays in early childhood are significantly under-identified by primary care providers. The author suggests that financial, educational, and other barriers to physicians' use of developmental screening tools need to be addressed. The report is available at http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=605625

4. Research Briefs from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW)

Source: National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being - Retrieved January 2, 2008

The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) has been collecting longitudinal data on child abuse and neglect since 1997, using firsthand information from victims, caregivers, and caseworkers to examine the short- and long-term effects of child maltreatment. NSCAW has recently published the following two research briefs:

  • Need for Early Intervention Services Among Infants and Toddlers in Child Welfare
  • Special Health Care Needs Among Children in Child Welfare Need for Early Intervention
They are available online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/abuse_neglect/nscaw/index.html

5. DEC Paper - Promoting Positive Outcomes for Children with Disabilities: Recommendations for Curriculum, Assessment and Program Evaluation

Source: Division for Early Childhood - December 12, 2007

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) recently published a paper entitled Promoting Positive Outcomes for Children with Disabilities: Recommendations for Curriculum, Assessment and Program Evaluation. It is available at http://www.dec-sped.org/index.aspx/About_DEC/PositionConcept_Papers/Promoting_Positive_Outcomes

This paper is meant to serve as a companion document to the 2003 joint position statement, Early Childhood Curriculum, Assessment and Program Evaluation-Building and Effective, Accountable System in Programs for Children Birth through Age 8, of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS/SDE).

6. New Science Briefs from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - Retrieved January 2, 2007

The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child has released the several new summaries of recent studies in developmental and behavioral science. The most recent ones include:

  • How Early Child Care Affects Later Development
  • How Gene-Environment Interaction Affects Children's Anxious and Fearful Behavior
They are available online at http://www.developingchild.net/pubs/sb_developmental.html
Summaries of recent neuroscience studies are available at http://www.developingchild.net/pubs/sb.html

7. New Briefs on Child Care and Early Education from the Center for Law and Social Policy

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - December 20, 2007

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has recently published the follow