June 13, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. New PEELS report: Changes in the Characteristics, Services, and Performance of Preschoolers with Disabilities
      Source: Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Special Education Research - June 10, 2008
  2. Grant Notice - Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center
      Source: Maternal and Child Health Bureau - June 2, 2008
  3. Just Released! Partnering with the Private and Philanthropic Sectors: A Governor's Guide to Investing in Early Childhood
      Source: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices - June 12, 2008
  4. Linking Health Care to Early Childhood Initiatives
      Source: Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families - Retrieved June 11, 2008
  5. 2008 KIDS COUNT Data Book
      Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - June 9, 2008

1. New PEELS report: Changes in the Characteristics, Services, and Performance of Preschoolers with Disabilities

Source: Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Special Education Research - June 10, 2008

The National Center for Special Education Research within the Institute of Education Sciences has released the second major report from the Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS) entitled Changes in the Characteristics, Services, and Performance of Preschoolers with Disabilities from 2003-04 to 2004-05: PEELS Wave 2 Overview Report. PEELS involves a nationally representative sample of children, 3 to 5 years of age when they entered the study, with diverse disabilities who are receiving preschool special education services in a variety of settings. To view the report go to http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/pubs/index.asp#20083011

2. Grant Notice - Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center

Source: Maternal and Child Health Bureau - June 2, 2008

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau has recently posted the following new grant notice:
TITLE: Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center
DATES: The closing date for applications is July 02, 2008
SYNOPSIS: The purpose of the Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. The Resource Center will accomplish this by providing technical assistance to interdisciplinary training programs to better train professionals to utilize valid and reliable screening tools to diagnose or rule out and provide evidence-based interventions for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities.
URL: For more information go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=17809&flag2006=true&mode=VIEW

3. Just Released! Partnering with the Private and Philanthropic Sectors: A Governor's Guide to Investing in Early Childhood

Source: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices - June 12, 2008

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices has just released Partnering with the Private and Philanthropic Sectors: A Governor's Guide to Investing in Early Childhood. This guide aims to help governors and state policymakers who may wish to pursue early childhood public-private partnerships to help maximize funding and achieve positive outcomes for young children. It is available at http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0806PARTNERINGEDUCATION.PDF

4. Linking Health Care to Early Childhood Initiatives

Source: Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families - Retrieved June 11, 2008

Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families (GCYF) recently released a new issue brief entitled The Successful Integration of Health and Health Care into Broader Early Childhood Initiatives. The brief discusses strategies used by four programs to increase collaboration between health care and other early childhood systems and services to support the healthy cognitive, emotional, and social development of young children. The brief also provides recommendations for practitioners, policymakers, and funders. It is available online at http://www.gcyf.org/library/library_show.htm?doc_id=685769

5. 2008 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - June 9, 2008

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 19th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book (2008) is a national and state-by-state profile of the well-being of America's children that ranks states on 10 key measures and provides data on the economic, health, education, and social conditions of America's children and families. It is now available online at http://www.kidscount.org/datacenter/databook.jsp