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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
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/
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
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
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.
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.
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.