April 11, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Fourteen States Selected to Participate in the National Early Childhood Symposium
      Source: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices - April 4, 2008
  2. U.S. Department of Education News Program on Early Childhood Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - April 4, 2008
  3. LRE Decision Making - Last Module in the Building the Legacy Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004
      Source: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - April 6, 2008
  4. Annual Report - Child Maltreatment 2006
      Source: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - April 4, 2008
  5. Electronic Media and Young Children's Learning
      Source: The Future of Children - Retrieved April 11, 2008

1. Fourteen States Selected to Participate in the National Early Childhood Symposium

Source: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices - April 4, 2008

As part of an effort to build states' capacity for developing science-based policies that enhance children's learning, behavior and health, 14 states have been selected to participate in the "National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy." The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and the National Conference of State Legislatures, which comprise the Partnership for Early Childhood Science and Policy, will jointly convene the symposium, to be held at Harvard June 26-27, 2008. For more information go to http://www.developingchild.harvard.edu/content/downloads/state-teams-selected.pdf

To learn more about the Partnership for Early Childhood Science and Policy go to http://www.developingchild.harvard.edu/content/policy.html

2. U.S. Department of Education News Program on Early Childhood Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - April 4, 2008

On April 15, 2008, the U.S. Department of Education's program, "Education News Parents Can Use", will highlight how No Child Left Behind supports the teaching of young children. It will also showcase initiatives such as Early Reading First, Good Start, Grow Smart and Head Start. For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/news/av/video/edtv/index.html

3. LRE Decision Making - Last Module in the Building the Legacy Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004

Source: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - April 6, 2008

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) recently announced the last training module in its Building the Legacy Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004. Module 15: LRE Decision Making completes the curriculum. It includes information on IDEA's provisions regarding least restrictive environment (LRE), a PowerPoint slideshow for training others on LRE, and participant handouts. It is available at http://www.nichcy.org/training/contents.asp#IEP15

4. Annual Report - Child Maltreatment 2006

Source: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - April 4, 2008

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has released Child Maltreatment 2006, the 17th annual report of data collected via the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), which provides the most complete national information about child maltreatment known to the States' child protective services (CPS) agencies for fiscal year 2006. It is available online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm06/

5. Electronic Media and Young Children's Learning

Source: The Future of Children - Retrieved April 11, 2008

An article in the Spring 2008 issue of The Future of Children entitled Media and Young Children's Learning, by Heather L. Kirkorian, Ellen A. Wartella, and Daniel R. Anderson, examines how early media exposure influences cognitive development and academic achievement. One focus of this article is the effect of television on children under age two. It is available online at http://www.futureofchildren.org/information2826/information_show.htm?doc_id=675354.

The entire journal issue, entitled Children and Electronic Media, is available at http://www.futureofchildren.org/pubs-info2825/pubs-info_show.htm?doc_id=674322