May 23, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. New on U.S. Department of Education's "Doing What Works" Web Site - Early Childhood Language and Literacy
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - May 19, 2008
  2. Request for Comments - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Regulatory Requirements
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - May 19, 2008
  3. Panel Discussion on Enacting Effective School-Readiness Policies and Programs
      Source: The Urban Institute - May 20, 2008
  4. New "On the Go" Early Literacy Materials Available
      Source: Washington Learning Systems - May 20, 2008
  5. A Thinking Guide to Inclusive Childcare
      Source: Disability Rights of Wisconsin - Retrieved May 22, 2008

1. New on U.S. Department of Education's "Doing What Works" Web Site - Early Childhood Language and Literacy

Source: U.S. Department of Education - May 19, 2008

The U.S. Department of Education's "Doing What Works" Web site recently added content on Early Childhood Language and Literacy, which focuses on two recommended practice areas: develop phonological awareness skills; and utilize interactive and dialogic reading practices to improve language and literacy skills. It includes recommendations outlined in five research reports previously released by the Department's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) on early childhood education. It is available at http://dww.ed.gov/disclaimer.cfm?[/priority_area/priority_landing.cfm?PA_ID=7]

2. Request for Comments - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Regulatory Requirements

Source: U.S. Department of Education - May 19, 2008

The U.S. Department of Education invites comments on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulatory requirements. Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before June 18, 2008. For instructions and more information see the Federal Register notice at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2008-2/051908c.html

3. Panel Discussion on Enacting Effective School-Readiness Policies and Programs

Source: The Urban Institute - May 20, 2008

The Urban Institute is hosting a panel discussion on June 5, 2008 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Central Time entitled Taking Action for Children: Early Interventions to Prevent Abuse and Prepare for School Success. Panelists will discuss the complexities of enacting effective school-readiness policies and programs; the social and political environments needed for successful early learning centers and home visitation efforts; lessons states can draw from a recent experience in Illinois; and the importance of integrating home-based and learning-center programs, and providing consistent training and supervision for providers.

To view a list of the panelists go to http://www.urban.org/Pressroom/thursdayschild/june2008.cfm
To register for the live Webcast go to http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=48739

4. New "On the Go" Early Literacy Materials Available

Source: Washington Learning Systems - May 20, 2008

Washington Learning Systems has posted a new set of free parent-child early literacy materials entitled On the Go. The set includes 14 activities that can be used outside the home (in the car, while walking, during bus rides) with children from birth through preschool. They were developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and are appropriate for children with disabilities, as well as children who are developing typically. Available online at http://www.walearning.com/parent-tools/on-the-go/.

5. A Thinking Guide to Inclusive Childcare

Source: Disability Rights of Wisconsin - Retrieved May 22, 2008

Disability Rights of Wisconsin recently developed a guide entitled A Thinking Guide to Inclusive Childcare (2008) that provides tools and strategies to help child care staff better understand the needs of individual children and promote inclusive experiences for families and children. It is available online at http://www.disabilityrightswi.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/thinking-guide-to-inclusive-child-care.pdf.