March 13, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. New Resources on Using Recovery Funds for Services to Children
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, CEC, CLASP, and ZERO TO THREE - March 7, 2009
  2. Third Quarter 2008 Letters of Clarification from Office of Special Education Programs
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - March 6, 2009
  3. Webinar on Promoting Positive Outcomes for Children with Disabilities
      Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood - March 12, 2009
  4. Early Experiences Matter: A Guide to Improved Policies for Infants and Toddlers
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - March 9, 2009
  5. New Series: Issues in PreK-3rd Education
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute, FirstSchool - March 12, 2009
  6. Funding Opportunity - Even Start Family Literacy Program Grants
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - March 9, 2009

1. New Resources on Using Recovery Funds for Services to Children

Source: U.S. Department of Education, CEC, CLASP, and ZERO TO THREE - March 7, 2009

The following new resources on using recovery funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for services to children, including children with disabilities and their families, are available online:

The U.S. Department of Education has released a new fact sheet related to the use of IDEA recovery funds under ARRA, which will provide an unprecedented opportunity for states, LEAs, and early intervention service providers to implement innovative strategies to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youths with disabilities while stimulating the economy. It is available at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/factsheet/idea.html. The Department hopes to have a fact sheet related to IDEA Part C recovery funds completed soon and will publish all updates at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/index.html

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has published Questions & Answers: How the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Impacts Special Education and Early Intervention, which summarizes the portions of ARRA that CEC believes will be of particular interest to professionals who work on behalf of students with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. It is available at http://www.cec.sped.org/Content/NavigationMenu/PolicyAdvocacy/CECPolicyResources/EconomicStimulus/Stimulus_Q_A.htm

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has published a new Web page and series of publications on Reinvesting in Child Care that includes publications and policy recommendations related to effectively using economic recovery funds to benefit young children and their families. It is available at http://www.clasp.org/issues/topic?type=child_care_and_early_education&topic=0015

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center is hosting a conference call on March 18, 2009 at 1:30 pm EST. The call will discuss tools that can help states plan their use of economic stimulus funds to benefit infants, toddlers, and their families. To learn more go to http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/Conference_Call_Posting.pdf?docID=7781

2. Third Quarter 2008 Letters of Clarification from Office of Special Education Programs

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - March 6, 2009

Policy letters from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) dated July 1, 2008 through September 30, 2008 related to the education of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities are now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2008-3/index.html. On February 23, 2009, the Federal Register published a list of these letters with summaries included. See http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3814.htm

A subset of OSEP policy letters that specifically address Part C and Section 619 of the IDEA can be accessed via the NECTAC Web site at http://www.nectac.org/idea/clarfctnltrs.asp

3. Webinar on Promoting Positive Outcomes for Children with Disabilities

Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood - March 12, 2009

The Division for Early Childhood at the Council for Exceptional Children will be hosting a webinar on May 7, 2009, 3 p.m. EST, focused on DEC's position paper on Promoting Positive Outcomes for Children with Disabilities: Recommendations for Curriculum, Assessment and Program Evaluation. The presenters, Dr. Beth Rous and Dr. Marilou Hyson, will discuss the position paper and its implications for young children.

For complete information and to register for the webinar go to http://www.dec-sped.org/About_DEC/Whats_New?id=34. If you have questions about the paper for the presenters, please include them with your registration. The position paper is available online at http://www.dec-sped.org/About_DEC/PositionConcept_Papers/Promoting_Positive_Outcomes

4. Early Experiences Matter: A Guide to Improved Policies for Infants and Toddlers

Source: ZERO TO THREE - March 9, 2009

ZERO TO THREE has released a new comprehensive set of tools for early childhood policymakers and advocates entitled Early Experiences Matter: A Guide to Improved Policies for Infants and Toddlers. The guide brings together evidence from science, research and practice. It includes the following:

  • Eleven concise issue briefs which support ZERO TO THREE's policy agenda of Good Health, Strong Families, Positive Early Learning Experiences, and Systems Building
  • Infant-toddler data to inform the policymaking process
  • A compilation of the evidence for investing in the infant-toddler policy agenda
  • A strategic look at ways to get started, with sample policy options and state examples
  • In-depth issue papers and policymaking tools
The Early Experiences Matter Policy Guide was developed with the support of the A. L. Mailman Family Foundation and the Carol Berman Fund. It is available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ter_pub_earlyexperiences

5. New Series: Issues in PreK-3rd Education

Source: FPG Child Development Institute, FirstSchool - March 12, 2009

FirstSchool, a PreK-3rd Grade initiative of the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, promotes public school efforts to become more responsive to the needs of an increasingly younger, more diverse population and aims to unite the best of early childhood, elementary and special education. FirstSchool recently released the first four issues in a new series, Issues in PreK-3rd Education. They are available at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~firstschool/resources.cfm#pubs

6. Funding Opportunity - Even Start Family Literacy Program Grants

Source: U.S. Department of Education - March 9, 2009

On March 9, 2009, the U.S. Department of Education published a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for the William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy Program (Even Start) grants for federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations. These grants are intended to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities of low-income families by integrating early childhood education, adult literacy or adult basic education, and parenting education into a unified family literacy program.

Applications Available: March 9, 2009.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 4, 2009.
URL: For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2009-1/030909a.html