February 20, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - State Tables and other Department of Education News
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - January 17, 2009
  2. Guide to Datasets for Research and Policymaking in Child Care and Early Education
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - February 18, 2009
  3. New Document Reviews Screening Instruments for Social Emotional Concerns
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - Retrieved February 20, 2009
  4. Invitation to Participate in Rating of Early Childhood Assessment Measures
      Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood - February 20, 2009
  5. States Expand Newborn Screening for Life-Threatening Disorders
      Source: March of Dimes - February 20, 2009

1. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - State Tables and other Department of Education News

Source: U.S. Department of Education - January 17, 2009

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). News from the U.S. Department of Education related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/index.html. State tables showing preliminary allocations for Department of Education programs are available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/statetables/recovery.html. Amounts shown on these tables do not include the funds that will be allocated under the annual FY 2009 appropriation.

The IDEA Part B Preschool Grants and Part C Grants for Infants and Families can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/statetables/10stbyprogram.pdf

2. Guide to Datasets for Research and Policymaking in Child Care and Early Education

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - February 18, 2009

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new guide to existing large scale datasets that provide useful information on the use and characteristics of child care and early education, as well as on child, family, household, school, and community characteristics. It is meant to be a tool for policymakers, researchers, state administrators, and others in the field of child care and early education. For more information and to access the guide go to http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_856.html

3. New Document Reviews Screening Instruments for Social Emotional Concerns

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - Retrieved February 20, 2009

A new document from the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI), entitled Emotional Concerns: Considerations in the Selection of Instruments (2009), by Jasolyn Henderson and Phillip Strain, provides a brief overview of the use of screening instruments to help identify children and families who would benefit from early and targeted intervention strategies. It is meant to help administrators and teachers choose appropriate instruments for implementing a screening program. Available at http://www.challengingbehavior.org/do/resources/documents/roadmap_1.pdf

4. Invitation to Participate in Rating of Early Childhood Assessment Measures

Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood - February 20, 2009

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) invites those who work with young children from birth to age eight to participate in a consumer rating of early childhood assessment measures. For more information go to http://www.dec-sped.org/professionals/professional_opportunities

5. States Expand Newborn Screening for Life-Threatening Disorders

Source: March of Dimes - February 20, 2009

According to a new report by the March of Dimes, all 50 states and the District of Columbia now require that every baby be screened for 21 or more of the 29 serious genetic or functional disorders on the uniform panel recommended by the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) and endorsed by the March of Dimes. If diagnosed early, these disorders can be treated to prevent death, disability, or other serious consequences. To learn more go to http://www.marchofdimes.com/aboutus/22684_51920.asp