May 2, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. NGA Center Awards Grants to Support Early Childhood Advisory Councils
      Source: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices - April 24, 2008
  2. State Initiatives to Expand Access to Early Head Start
      Source: ZERO TO THREE and the Center for Law and Social Policy - April 29, 2008
  3. IES Hosting Webinars to Present Research Funding Opportunities
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - April 28, 2008
  4. Early Care and Education Legislation Database
      Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - April 22, 2008
  5. Children's Budget 2008
      Source: First Focus - April 23, 2008

1. NGA Center Awards Grants to Support Early Childhood Advisory Councils

Source: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices - April 24, 2008

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), with support from the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, has awarded twelve states $10,000 grants to assist with the development of a new or already existing early childhood advisory council. The 12 awarded states are Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Guam, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. For complete information read the news release at http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.ef1a671e4253877ae8ebb856a11010a0/

2. State Initiatives to Expand Access to Early Head Start

Source: ZERO TO THREE and the Center for Law and Social Policy - April 29, 2008

Although the federal Early Head Start (EHS) program has been shown to benefit low-income young children and their families, less than 3 percent of eligible infants and toddlers are currently being reached. A new report published by ZERO TO THREE and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) examines state efforts to enhance access to EHS services. Building on the Promise: State Initiatives to Expand Access to Early Head Start for Young Children and their Families, by Rachel Schumacher and Elizabeth DiLauro, can be accessed at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/Building_on_the_Promise_April_2008.pdf?docID=5281. A summary is available at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/StateEHSarticle.pdf?docID=5301

3. IES Hosting Webinars to Present Research Funding Opportunities

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - April 28, 2008

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will host a series of webinars to present research funding opportunities at the National Center for Special Education Research and the National Center for Education Research. For more information regarding webinar topics, dates, and registration process, please visit http://ies.ed.gov/funding/webinars/.

4. Early Care and Education Legislation Database

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - April 22, 2008

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has developed an Early Care and Education Legislation Database, which tracks early care and education legislation from the 2008 session. Issues include child care and child care financing, early childhood services, prekindergarten, professional development, home visiting, infants and toddlers, and financing early education. The database is updated biweekly and can be searched by state, topic, status, primary sponsor, bill number or keyword. It is available at http://www.ncsl.org/programs/cyf/ECELD.cfm

5. Children's Budget 2008

Source: First Focus - April 23, 2008

A new publication by First Focus, a bipartisan children's advocacy organization, entitled Children's Budget 2008 provides information on 180 different children's programs funded by the federal government, from child health and education to child welfare and juvenile justice. It was funded with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is meant to be a resource for advocates, policymakers, and program administrators. For more information and to access the guide online go to http://www.firstfocus.net/pages/3391/