March 14, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. TRACE Early Intervention Program Referral Form Included in AAP Policy Statement - Computerized Version Available
      Source: Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence - March 12, 2008
  2. Children's Active Participation in Reading and Storytelling Can Enhance Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - March 6, 2008
  3. DRAFT Position Statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice - Comments Requested
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - March 12, 2008
  4. Early Reading First Program - Notice Reopening Pre-Application Phase and Extending Deadline for Full Applications
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - March 7, 2008
  5. Regional Profiles of Early Childhood Policies
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - March 14, 2008

1. TRACE Early Intervention Program Referral Form Included in AAP Policy Statement - Computerized Version Available

Source: Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence - March 12, 2008

The OSEP-funded Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence (TRACE) at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), developed an early intervention referral form that physicians and other primary referral sources can use to make a referral to Part C early intervention programs. The AAP recently included this form in a revised policy statement entitled The Role of the Medical Home in Family-Centered Early Intervention Services. The AAP has also developed a computerized version of the referral form.

The computerized version of the referral form is available at http://www.medicalhomeinfo.org/health/EI.html
The policy statement is available at http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;120/5/1153
Guidelines for early intervention programs wishing to custom the referral form can be found at http://www.tracecenter.info/practiceguides/practiceguides_vol1_no2.pdf

2. Children's Active Participation in Reading and Storytelling Can Enhance Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - March 6, 2008

A new CELLnote from the Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) entitled Children's Active Participation in Reading and Storytelling Can Enhance Early Literacy Learning by Carol Trivette and Carl Dunst is now available online at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/cellpapers/cellnotes_v1_n2.pdf. CELLnotes are non-technical, user-friendly summaries of practice-based research syntheses.

3. DRAFT Position Statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice - Comments Requested

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - March 12, 2008

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is seeking feedback on a draft revision of their Position Statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice. The draft will be available for comment until March 28, 2008. To review the draft and submit feedback go to http://www.naeyc.org/about/positions/dap.asp

4. Early Reading First Program - Notice Reopening Pre-Application Phase and Extending Deadline for Full Applications

Source: U.S. Department of Education - March 7, 2008

The U.S. Department of Education has reopened the pre- application phase of the Early Reading First competition for all eligible applicants and extended the deadline date for transmittal of full applications for fiscal year 2008.

The new deadline date for eligible applicants to submit pre-applications is April 7, 2008
The new deadline date for the transmittal of full applications is June 10, 2008
For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2008-1/030708a.html

5. Regional Profiles of Early Childhood Policies

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - March 14, 2008

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published regional profiles that highlight early childhood policy and demographic data for the 10 regions defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The profiles show what states are doing in comparison to neighboring states, and supplement NCCP's state and national profiles. A companion User Guide explains the policies that appear in these profiles. For complete information go to http://www.nccp.org/projects/improvingtheodds_stateprofiles.html