January 9, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. 2009 Part B Formula Grant Award Application Package
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - December 31, 2009
  2. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: Final Rule
      Source: Department of Education - January 6, 2009
  3. Early Childhood Funding Opportunities
      Source: ED, HHS, NIH, NIDCD - Various December 2008 Dates
  4. Working Paper Examines Importance of Addressing Serious Emotional and Behavioral Problems Early
      Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - Retrieved January 9, 2008
  5. New Brief on the Science of Early Childhood Development
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - December 23, 2008
  6. Parent's As Teachers (PAT) Program featured by RAND's Promising Practices Network
      Source: RAND's Promising Practice Network - Retrieved January 9, 2009
  7. The State of America's Children 2008
      Source: Children' Defense Fund - Retrieved January 9, 2009
  8. New Report Addresses Dual Language Learners in the Early Years
      Source: National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition - Retrieved January 5, 2009
  9. Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel
      Source: National Institute for Literacy - January 9, 2009
  10. New Reports on Child Care and Development Block Grant Participation
      Source: Center on Law and Social Policy - Retrieved January 9, 2009

1. 2009 Part B Formula Grant Award Application Package

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - December 31, 2009

The 2009 Grant Award Application Package for Receiving a Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2009 Grant Award Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/osep/2009apps.html

2. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: Final Rule

Source: Department of Education - January 6, 2009

The Department of Education published its final amendments to the regulations implementing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the Federal Register on December 9, 2008 - see http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/2009-1/010609a.html. Several corrections to these regulations were published in the Federal Register on January 6, 2009 - see http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/2009-1/010609a.html. The regulations became effective January 8, 2009.

3. Early Childhood Funding Opportunities

Source: ED, HHS, NIH, NIDCD - Various December 2008 Dates

The following new early childhood funding opportunities are now available:

TITLE - Foundations for Learning
SPONSOR - United States Department of Education (ED), Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS)
SUMMARY - The purpose of this program is to support projects to help eligible children become ready for school.
URL - For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2008-4/122408a.html

TITLE - Young Children With Mild to Severe Hearing Loss (R21)
SPONSOR - Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
SUMMARY - This funding opportunity supports research addressing the needs of infants and young children with mild to severe hearing loss. Development, refinement or modification of measurement tools for young children is also encouraged.
URL - For complete information go to http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/109074

TITLE - Child Development Research Fellowship Program
SPONSOR - Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
SUMMARY - Funds are available for a cooperative agreement to sponsor a Child Development Research Fellowship that will allow child development professionals from the academic community the opportunity to actively participate in policy-relevant research activities associated with sponsor programs.
URL - For complete information go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=44499&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW

4. Working Paper Examines Importance of Addressing Serious Emotional and Behavioral Problems Early

Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - Retrieved January 9, 2008

A new working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, entitled Mental Health Problems in Early Childhood Can Impair Learning and Behavior for Life, reviews recent evidence on the potentially serious consequences of significant mental health problems in young children and examines the importance of addressing emerging emotional and behavioral problems early. It is available online at http://www.developingchild.net/pubs/wp-abstracts/wp6.html

5. New Brief on the Science of Early Childhood Development

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - December 23, 2008

InBrief: The Science of Early Childhood Development is the first in a series of summaries of presentations given at the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy, which was held in June 2008. This brief looks at the basic concepts of early childhood development, established over decades of research, which demonstrate why early child development is the foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society. It is available online at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/library/briefs/inbrief_series/

6. Parent's As Teachers (PAT) Program featured by RAND's Promising Practices Network

Source: RAND's Promising Practice Network - Retrieved January 9, 2009

RAND's Promising Practice Network (PPN) on Children, Families and Communities has recently featured the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program as a program that works. The philosophy of PAT is to provide parents with child development knowledge and parenting support from pregnancy to the time children enter kindergarten. The goals are to increase parent knowledge of early childhood development, improve parenting practices, detect developmental delays and health issues early, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children's school readiness and success. For more information go to http://www.promisingpractices.net/program.asp?programid=88&ref=ppntext

7. The State of America's Children 2008

Source: Children' Defense Fund - Retrieved January 9, 2009

The Children' Defense Fund has released its 2008 compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. The State of America's Children 2008 is available online at http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/state-of-americas-children-2008-report.html

8. New Report Addresses Dual Language Learners in the Early Years

Source: National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition - Retrieved January 5, 2009

The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) has published a new report examining the growth in the number of young children in this country who speak English as a second language and the challenges they face. Dual Language Learners in the Early Years: Getting Ready to Succeed in School is available online at http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/files/uploads/3/DLLs_in_the_Early_Years.pdf

9. Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel

Source: National Institute for Literacy - January 9, 2009

The National Institute for Literacy has released Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel, a Scientific Synthesis of Early Literacy Development and Implications for Intervention. The report is the most comprehensive synthesis of published literacy research on children from birth to age 5 ever conducted. It provides an important basis for research-based recommendations to the early childhood community on promoting the foundational skills of life-long literacy. To access both the executive summary and the full report, go to http://www.nifl.gov/earlychildhood/NELP/NELPreport.html

10. New Reports on Child Care and Development Block Grant Participation

Source: Center on Law and Social Policy - Retrieved January 9, 2009

The Center on Law and Social Policy has recently published the following new reports: