August 1, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Using Research to Improve Outcomes for Young Children - Final Conference Report
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children and Society for Research in Child Development - August 1, 2008
  2. Final Report from the Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Initiative
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - July 28, 2008
  3. Comments on Proposed Changes to the IDEA Part B Regulations
      Source: Center for Exceptional Children and National Association of State Directors of Special Education - Retrieved July 31, 2008
  4. New CLASP Policy Paper on Ensuring Quality Care for Low-Income Babies
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - July 30, 2008
  5. Autism Speaks - 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families
      Source: Autism Speaks - July 30, 2008
  6. Leaders for the 21st Century Program - Applications Now Available
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - August 1, 2008
  7. Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and Families
      Source: Maternal and Child Health Library - August 1, 2008

1. Using Research to Improve Outcomes for Young Children - Final Conference Report

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children and Society for Research in Child Development - August 1, 2008

In September 2007, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) convened a conference of approximately 40 experts in the field of early childhood, child development, and knowledge utilization at the Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, WI. The goal was to develop a set of recommendations about strengthening the link between early childhood research and practice in order to improve outcomes for young children, especially children living in vulnerable situations. The conference final report is now available online at http://www.srcd.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=336

2. Final Report from the Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Initiative

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

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has released the final report from the Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research (PCER) initiative, which looked at the impact of 14 preschool curricula on five student-level outcomes and six classroom-level outcomes. The report, entitled Effects of Preschool Curriculum Programs on School Readiness: Report from the Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research Initiative, is available online at http://ies.ed.gov/ncer/pubs/20082009/

3. Comments on Proposed Changes to the IDEA Part B Regulations

Source: Center for Exceptional Children and National Association of State Directors of Special Education - Retrieved July 31, 2008

The Center for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) have submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education in response to proposed revisions to the regulations for Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which were published in the Federal Register on May 13, 2008. Comments were due by July 28, 2008.

NASDSE's comments are available at http://www.nasdse.org/Portals/0/IDESA%20suppl%20regs%20-final%20072808.pdf
CEC's comments are available at http://www.cec.sped.org/Content/NavigationMenu/PolicyAdvocacy/IDEAResources/CEC_Comments_on_Part_B_NPRM.pdf

4. New CLASP Policy Paper on Ensuring Quality Care for Low-Income Babies

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - July 30, 2008

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has published a new policy paper entitled Ensuring Quality Care for Low-Income Babies: Contracting Directly with Providers to Expand and Improve Infant and Toddler Care, by Hannah Matthews and Rachel Schumacher. The authors interviewed state policymakers to better understand how states are using the option of contracting directly with providers to address issues of supply and quality in the provision of infant and toddler child care, especially in low-income communities. The paper is available online at http://s242739747.onlinehome.us/publications/ccee_ensuring_quality_care_contracting.pdf

5. Autism Speaks - 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families

Source: Autism Speaks - July 30, 2008

Autism Speaks has recently published a kit containing information and advice for families to use during the first 100 days following the diagnosis of autism. It contains a week by week plan, as well suggestions and forms that families can use as they begin to find services for their child. For more information and to access the kit online, go to http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/family_services/100_day_kit.php.

6. Leaders for the 21st Century Program - Applications Now Available

Source: ZERO TO THREE - August 1, 2008

ZERO TO THREE is now accepting applications for the Class of 2009 Leaders for the 21st Century fellowship program. This program works to help meet the nation's need for strong leaders dedicated to improving outcomes for infants and toddlers and their families. It's purpose is to strengthen the ability of infant-family professionals and policymakers to implement policies and practices that promote the healthy development of babies and families. The deadline for applications is 12 noon EST on Monday, November 3, 2008. For complete information go to http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ldr_purpose.

7. Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and Families

Source: Maternal and Child Health Library - August 1, 2008

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library has released a new edition of the Community Services Locator, an online directory that can be used by service providers and families to find health, mental health, family support, parenting, child care, and other services in their communities. Topics include education and special needs, health and wellness, mental health and well-being, family support, parenting, child care and early childhood education, and financial support. It is available online at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_community.html.