March 28, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Fourth Quarter 2007 Letters of Clarification from Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - Retrieved March 28, 2008
  2. Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA) - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Evaluation, and Policy Development - March 24, 2008
  3. Grant Notice - Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants
      Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - March 18, 2008
  4. New Report - Transition Barriers for Children with Significant Disabilities and from Diverse Backgrounds
      Source: National Early Childhood Transition Center - March 27, 2008
  5. Update - Improving the Delivery of Health Care that Supports Young Children's Healthy Mental Development
      Source: Commonwealth Fund - Retrieved March 28, 2008
  6. New Research - Food Insecurity Affects Children's Early Development
      Source: Child Trends - March 26, 2008
  7. Working Paper - Towards Better Behavioral Health for Children, Youth and their Families
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved March 24, 2008

1. Fourth Quarter 2007 Letters of Clarification from Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - Retrieved March 28, 2008

Policy documents from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) dated October 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007 related to the education of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities are now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2007-4/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. Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA) - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Evaluation, and Policy Development - March 24, 2008

The Office of Evaluation, and Policy Development has published proposed amendments to the regulations governing education records maintained by educational agencies and institutions under section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act, which is also known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (FERPA). Comments must be received on or before May 8, 2008. For complete information see the Federal Register Notice at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/proprule/2008-1/032408a.html

3. Grant Notice - Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - March 18, 2008

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently published a notice inviting applications for Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working in partnership with Head Start programs and with faculty mentors. The due date for letters of intent is 05/19/2008. The due date for applications is June 16, 2008. For complete information go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/HHS-2008-ACF-OPRE-YR-0068.html [Note: Link checked on 5/6/2009 - this document is no longer available online.]

4. New Report - Transition Barriers for Children with Significant Disabilities and from Diverse Backgrounds

Source: National Early Childhood Transition Center - March 27, 2008

A new report from the National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) entitled Transition Issues and Barriers for Children with Significant Disabilities and from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds by Beth Rous, Carol Schroeder, Sarintha Stricklin, Ann Hains, and Megan Cox provides findings from a national study to identify issues and barriers encountered during transitions for young children with disabilities and their families. Transitions for two specific groups were targeted; (a) children with significant disabilities and their families, and (b) children with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their families.

A short summary of the report is available at: http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/nectc/TRANSITIONALERTS/Delphi%20Findings.pdf
The full technical report is available at http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/nectc/Documents/technicalreport/DelphiTechnical%20Report.pdf

5. Update - Improving the Delivery of Health Care that Supports Young Children's Healthy Mental Development

Source: Commonwealth Fund - Retrieved March 28, 2008

A new Commonwealth Fund report entitled Improving the Delivery of Health Care that Supports Young Children's Healthy Mental Development: Update on Accomplishments and Lessons from a Five-State Consortium by Neva Kaye and Jill Rosenthal discusses lessons learned from the second Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD II) Consortium, which gave five states an opportunity to develop and test strategies for improving the delivery of developmental services to young children at risk for or with social or emotional development delays, especially those in need of preventive or early intervention services. The report is available online at http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=670975

6. New Research - Food Insecurity Affects Children's Early Development

Source: Child Trends - March 26, 2008

New research from Child Trends, published in the March online edition of the Maternal and Child Health Journal, demonstrates that food security (access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food) can affect both mothers' psychological well-being and positive behaviors with their infants, and the children's development over the first two years. Food Security During Infancy: Implications for Attachment and Mental Proficiency in Toddlerhood by Martha Zaslow, Jacinta Bronte-Tinkew, Randolph Capps, Allison Horowitz, Kristin A. Moore, and Debra Weinstein, is based on the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, a nationally representative sample of infants and toddlers. An abstract is available online at http://www.springerlink.com/content/0q1174020t651nv0/.

7. Working Paper - Towards Better Behavioral Health for Children, Youth and their Families

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved March 24, 2008

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) recently published a paper entitled Towards Better Behavioral Health for Children, Youth and their Families Financing that Supports Knowledge by Janice L. Cooper, which provides a broad overview of funding sources (and their policy roots) that underwrite children's behavioral health services. It is available online at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_804.html