March 27, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Request for Comments - Part B, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Implementation of FAPE Requirements.
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - March 24, 2009
  2. Funding Opportunities - FY 2010 National Center for Special Education Research Grant Competitions
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - March 23, 2009
  3. Slideshow from the U.S. Department of Education on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - March 24, 2009
  4. New Report Finds One in Every 50 Children in America are Homeless Each Year
      Source: National Center on Family Homelessness - Retrieved March 27, 2009
  5. 2009 Update on State Child Care Center Regulation and Oversight
      Source: National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies - Accessed March 27, 2009
  6. Policy Insights from the Governors' Forum on Linking Ready Kids to Ready Schools
      Source: W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Education Commission of the States - March 27, 2009

1. Request for Comments - Part B, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Implementation of FAPE Requirements.

Source: U.S. Department of Education - March 24, 2009

On March 24, 2009, the U.S. Department of Education published a 30-day Federal Register Notice inviting comments on Part B, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Implementation of FAPE Requirements. The information collection package can be accessed at http://edicsweb.ed.gov/browse/browsecoll.cfm?pkg_serial_num=3427. It includes instructions for reporting on the educational environments of children with disabilities ages 3-5 by discrete age.

Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before April 23, 2009. To view the Federal Register notice go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2009-1/032409b.html

2. Funding Opportunities - FY 2010 National Center for Special Education Research Grant Competitions

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - March 23, 2009

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has released several Request for Applications (RFAs) for FY 2010 National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) grant competitions. The three NCSER RFAs are: Special Education Research Grants (84.324A); Special Education Postdoctoral Research Training Program (84.324B); and Special Education Research and Development Center Program (84.324C). The Federal Register notice, published on March 23, 2009, can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2009-1/032309b.pdf

Additional information can be found in the IES Web site at http://ies.ed.gov/funding/

3. Slideshow from the U.S. Department of Education on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Source: U.S. Department of Education - March 24, 2009

On March 24, 2009, the Department of Education posted a slideshow presentation on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on its Web site. The slideshow looks at guiding principles and funding availability for programs funded by the ARRA. It can be accessed at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/presentation/index.html

Comprehensive information on the ARRA from the Department of Education is available at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/index.html

4. New Report Finds One in Every 50 Children in America are Homeless Each Year

Source: National Center on Family Homelessness - Retrieved March 27, 2009

The National Center on Family Homelessness has released a new report entitled America's Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness (2009). The report documents the extent of child homelessness, provides comprehensive state-by-state data on the status of homeless children, describes the plight of these children and offers recommended solutions. It is available online at http://www.homelesschildrenamerica.org/

5. 2009 Update on State Child Care Center Regulation and Oversight

Source: National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies - Accessed March 27, 2009

More than 11 million children aged 0-5 spend an average of 36 hrs/week in non-parental care settings and close to two-thirds of these children are in center-based care. The National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) has published an updated report on state child care center licensing regulations and the oversight of those regulations. 33 states received a failing grade and none of the states earned an A. Only the Department of Defense earned a B, and only the District of Columbia earned a C. The report, entitled We CAN Do Better: 2009 Update. NACCRRA's Ranking of State Child Care Center Regulation and Oversight, can be accessed at http://www.naccrra.org/publications/naccrra-publications/we-can-do-better-2009-update

6. Policy Insights from the Governors' Forum on Linking Ready Kids to Ready Schools

Source: W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Education Commission of the States - March 27, 2009

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and the Education Commission of the States (ECS) worked with Governors from Arizona, Connecticut, Ohio and Pennsylvania to examine strategies to help children move seamlessly from early education settings to early elementary school and beyond. Policy insights from this effort are available in a new report, Linking Ready Kids to Ready Schools: Policy Insights from the Governors' Forum Series, which can be accessed at http://www.ecs.org/docs/4208_COMC_report_forweb.pdf