January 16, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. 28th Annual Report to Congress on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - January 15, 2009
  2. New Report Looks at the Influence of Culture on Early Child Development and Services
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - January 14, 2009
  3. Webinar on Social-Emotional Outcomes for Young Children With, or at Risk For, Delays or Disabilities
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - January 12, 2009
  4. New Funding Opportunities
      Source: U.S. Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services - January 12, 2009
  5. New Online Video on Listening
      Source: Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education - January 14, 2009
  6. Health Matters: The Role of Health and the Health Sector in Place-Based Initiatives for Young Children
      Source: W.K. Kellogg Foundation - Retrieved January 12, 2009

1. 28th Annual Report to Congress on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - January 15, 2009

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has released its 28th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This report provides an overview of national activities to improve the education of children with disabilities funded in fiscal year (FY) 2006 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Parts B and C (P.L. 108-446). It is available online at http://www2.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/osep/2006/index.html

2. New Report Looks at the Influence of Culture on Early Child Development and Services

Source: ZERO TO THREE - January 14, 2009

ZERO TO THREE has released a new report entitled The Changing Face of the United States: The Influence of Culture on Early Child Development. The report reviews and summarizes the latest research looking at the impact of culture on early childhood development and the delivery of early childhood services. It was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Bernard van Leer Foundation and is available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/Culture_book.pdf?docID=6921

3. Webinar on Social-Emotional Outcomes for Young Children With, or at Risk For, Delays or Disabilities

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - January 12, 2009

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) announces a Webinar entitled Social-Emotional Outcomes for Young Children With, or at Risk For, Delays or Disabilities, presented by Karen Blase, Barbara Smith and Roxane Kaufman. The Webinar will be held on Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 1:00 PM EST and is the first of two related webinars focused on successfully implementing the Pyramid Model or any evidence-based initiative at the state and program level and sustaining the initiative over time in the context of staff turnover and changing organizational, social, and political environments. For more information and to register go to http://www.challengingbehavior.org/webinar_registration.htm. The second webinar will be held on May 21, 2009 and will discuss structures, procedures and financing for sustainability.

4. New Funding Opportunities

Source: U.S. Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services - January 12, 2009

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) recently issued the following notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2009:

  • TITLE - Training and Information for Parents of Children With Disabilities
  • SUMMARY - The purpose of this program is to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children.
  • ABSOLUTE PRIORITIES - Community Parent Resource Centers (84.328C) and Parent Training and Information Centers (84.328M)
  • URL - For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2009-1/011209f.html

The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families has issued the following grant notice:

  • TITLE: Child Care Research Scholars
  • SUMMARY: Funds for Child Care Research Scholars grants are available to support dissertation research on child care policy issues in partnership with State Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) lead agencies. Applicants are encouraged to consider how the research topic relates to understanding the child care needs of diverse families and/or improving child care programs and policies for various subpopulations, including: (1) families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits, families who have transitioned off the TANF program, low-income working families at risk of needing TANF benefits; (2) Language, ethnic, and racial minority families and children, including English language learners and American Indian / Alaska Native families and children; (3) immigrant families and children, including refugees and victims of trafficking; (4) families with children with special needs; and (5) families with infants, toddlers and school-age children.
  • URL: For complete information go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/cc/ccr_scholars/

5. New Online Video on Listening

Source: Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education - January 14, 2009

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) has recently published the following new online video on its Web site:

To view other new resources from CADRE go to http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/

6. Health Matters: The Role of Health and the Health Sector in Place-Based Initiatives for Young Children

Source: W.K. Kellogg Foundation - Retrieved January 12, 2009

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently released a report entitled Health Matters: The Role of Health and the Health Sector in Place-Based Initiatives for Young Children. The authors describe eight exemplary, early childhood initiatives, all of which have successfully integrated early childhood efforts across multiple service sectors and settings, and all of which include a strong health component. Common cross-initiative themes, strategies, and program elements are discussed. It is available online at http://www.wkkf.org/default.aspx?tabid=101&CID=1&CatID=1&ItemID=5000555&NID=20&LanguageID=0