April 4, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. ARRA Updates from the Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - April 1, 2009
  2. Annual Data Report on Child Abuse and Neglect
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Children's Bureau - April 4, 2009
  3. New What Works Clearinghouse Quick Review on the Head Start REDI Program
      Source: Institute of Education Sciences, What Works Clearinghouse - March 31, 2009
  4. Grant Notice - Secondary Analyses of Data on Child Care
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Administration for Children and Families - April 1, 2009
  5. April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway - April 1, 2009
  6. April is National Autism Awareness Month
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics and Autism Society of America - April 3, 2009

1. ARRA Updates from the Department of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - April 1, 2009

On April 1, 2009, the U.S. Department of Education posted a number of new documents on its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Web site, including:

  • IDEA, Part C fact sheet and guidance
  • IDEA, Part B guidance
  • State Fiscal Stabilization Fund cover letter, application, and guidance
  • Title I, Part A guidance
To access these, as well as Secretary Arne Duncan's April 1, 2009 announcement that $44 billion for states and schools is now available under the ARRA, go to http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/index.html

Additionally, a table (updated 04/02/2009) showing the Initial Release of Recovery Act Funds by State for IDEA Part B, Section 619, Part C and other programs is available online at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/news.html#ARRA

2. Annual Data Report on Child Abuse and Neglect

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Children's Bureau - April 4, 2009

The Children's Bureau has released Child Maltreatment 2007, an annual report of data collected from the States' child protective services agencies via the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. The report provides national and state statistics on topics that include reports of abuse and neglect, child characteristics, fatalities, perpetrators, and services provided to children and families. It is available online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm07/index.htm

3. New What Works Clearinghouse Quick Review on the Head Start REDI Program

Source: Institute of Education Sciences, What Works Clearinghouse - March 31, 2009

The What Works Clearinghouse has released a new quick review of a study entitled Promoting Academic and Social-Emotional School Readiness: The Head Start REDI Program, which examined whether the Head Start Research-Based Developmentally Informed (REDI) program is more effective than the standard Head Start program at improving the language, emergent literacy, and social-emotional skills of preschoolers. While the study reported significant gains for REDI classrooms in emergent literacy skills, emotional understanding, social problem solving, social behavior, and learning engagement, this WWC review offers some cautions about the results. The review is available online at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/publications/quickreviews/headstart/index.asp

4. Grant Notice - Secondary Analyses of Data on Child Care

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Administration for Children and Families - April 1, 2009

The Administration for Children and Families has issued a notice for Secondary Analyses of Data on Child Care grants for supporting secondary analyses of existing data to answer questions of relevance for policy decision-making on child care and child care subsidies in the United States, US Territories and Tribes.

Due Date for Letter of Intent: 05/01/2009
Due Date for Applications: 06/15/2009
URL: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/closed/HHS-2009-ACF-OPRE-YE-0080.html

5. April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway - April 1, 2009

"Strengthening Families and Communities" is this year's theme for National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The theme encourages service providers and concerned individuals to recognize and build on existing strengths within families and communities in order to support all families in providing a safe, loving environment for their children. To access the 2009 Resource Guide and related materials in English and Spanish go to http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/

6. April is National Autism Awareness Month

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics and Autism Society of America - April 3, 2009

April is National Autism Awareness Month, an opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. For featured resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics, go to http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/autism.cfm

To view "Eight ways you can celebrate National Autism Awareness Month" from the Autism Society of America, go to http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=research_awareness