February 22, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Grant Opportunity to Support State Early Childhood Advisory Councils
      Source: NGA Center for Best Practices - February 21, 2008
  2. Opportunity to Collaborate Online - Early Childhood Professional Development on Inclusion
      Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - February 21, 2008
  3. Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - February 20, 2008
  4. New IDEA Training Module: Options for Dispute Resolution
      Source: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - February 20, 2008
  5. Fast Facts - How Maternal, Family and Cumulative Risk Affect Absenteeism in Early Schooling
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - February 20, 2008

1. Grant Opportunity to Support State Early Childhood Advisory Councils

Source: NGA Center for Best Practices - February 21, 2008

The NGA Center for Best Practices is inviting governors to apply for $10,000 grants to support State Early Childhood Advisory Councils (ECACs) in up to eight states. The grants are meant to advance state policy agendas for at-risk children ages birth to five and promote linkages to family support, health, mental health, and other developmental services. The grants will also assist states in meeting the provisions of the Improving the Head Start Act of 2007, which requires governors to create or designate a collaborative body to accomplish these goals. The deadline to submit a three page proposal is Friday, March 21, 2008. View the RFP at http://www.nga.org/Files/PDF/0802ECACRFP.PDF

2. Opportunity to Collaborate Online - Early Childhood Professional Development on Inclusion

Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - February 21, 2008

The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) is coordinating an online discussion forum for teachers, early interventionists and other early childhood professionals to consult with each other about professional development efforts on inclusion. To share your experiences and learn from others, go to the Professional Development Community of Practice area on NPDCI's Web site at http://community.fpg.unc.edu/npdci

3. Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - February 20, 2008

On February 21, 2008 NPR's Morning Edition looked at how certain kinds of play can help young children learn important self-regulation skills. Research fellows at the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Elena Bodrova and Deborah Leong, joined the discussion. To listen to the show and to read a related article online go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19212514

4. New IDEA Training Module: Options for Dispute Resolution

Source: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - February 20, 2008

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) has published a new module for its Building the Legacy Training Curriculum on IDEA. Module 18: Options for Dispute Resolution provides information on IDEA's procedural safeguards and dispute resolution options (one of which is new) for resolving disagreements that may arise between parents of children with disabilities and school districts providing special education and related services to their children. It includes PowerPoint slide shows to use in training sessions, a discussion of IDEA for trainers, and handouts for participants. It is available online at http://www.nichcy.org/Laws/IDEA/Pages/BuildingTheLegacy.aspx#ThemeE

5. Fast Facts - How Maternal, Family and Cumulative Risk Affect Absenteeism in Early Schooling

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - February 20, 2008

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has recently published a summary of fast facts for policy makers on absenteeism in early schooling entitled, How Maternal, Family and Cumulative Risk Affect Absenteeism in Early Schooling: Facts for Policymakers. It is available online at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_802.html

The full report, The Influence of Maternal and Family Risk on Chronic Absenteeism in Early Schooling, by Mariajosť Romero and Young-Sun Lee can be found at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_792.html.