February 1, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Third Quarter 2007 OSERS Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
  2. Hearing on Investing in Early Education
      Source: Education and Labor Committee, U.S. House of Representatives - January 23, 2008
  3. FPG Snapshot: How Does Fragile X Syndrome Affect Speech and Language Skills?
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - January 30, 2008
  4. Racial-Ethnic Inequality in Child Well-Being from 1985-2004: Gaps Narrowing, but Persist
      Source: Foundation for Child Development - January 31, 2008

1. Third Quarter 2007 OSERS Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Correspondence from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) on the education of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities from July 1, 2007 through September 30, 2007 is now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2007-3/index.html

A subset of letters of clarification that specifically address Part C and Section 619 of the IDEA can be accessed via the NECTAC Web site at http://www.nectac.org/idea/clarfctnltrs.asp

2. Hearing on Investing in Early Education

Source: Education and Labor Committee, U.S. House of Representatives - January 23, 2008

On January 23, 2008, George Miller, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, chaired a hearing entitled, "Investing in Early Education: Paths to Improving Children's Success." A number of experts presented different points of view on what the federal government should do to improve access and quality. To watch a video of the hearing go to http://edlabor.house.gov/hearings/2008/01/investing-in-early-education-p.shtml

3. FPG Snapshot: How Does Fragile X Syndrome Affect Speech and Language Skills?

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - January 30, 2008

A new FPG snapshot entitled How Does Fragile X Syndrome Affect Speech and Language Skills? summarizes information presented in several journal articles by FPG researchers exploring different facets of communication in boys with Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), boys with FXS and autism, boys with Down syndrome, and boys developing typically. It is available online at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~snapshots/snap51.pdf

4. Racial-Ethnic Inequality in Child Well-Being from 1985-2004: Gaps Narrowing, but Persist

Source: Foundation for Child Development - January 31, 2008

A new report from the Foundation for Child Development examines how child well-being changed among African American, Hispanic, and white children between 1985-2004. Overall, gaps have been narrowing, but still persist. The report also demonstrates that even if the well-being of African American and Hispanic children reached the current level of white children, the overall well-being of all three groups would still be substantially below levels previously experienced in the U.S. and currently experienced by international peers. The report notes that both African American and Hispanic children were advantaged in the emotional/spiritual domain compared to white children. It is available online at http://www.fcd-us.org/resources/resources_show.htm?doc_id=648676