April 9, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Comment Requests from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - April 6, 2009
  2. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Speaks at Release of State of Preschool 2008 Yearbook
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - April 8, 2009
  3. New Report Looks at the Impact of the WIC Program on Very Young Children
      Source: Children's HealthWatch - Retrieved April 6, 2009

1. Comment Requests from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - April 6, 2009

On April 6, 2009, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) published the following comment requests in the Federal Register:

2. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Speaks at Release of State of Preschool 2008 Yearbook

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - April 8, 2009

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recently published the State of Preschool 2008 Yearbook, its annual analysis of state-funded preschool programs. The report shows an increase in state preschool enrollment by more than 108, 000 children and an increase in spending of nearly $1 billion (23 percent) over the previous year. Additionally, 11 states improved the quality of their preschool programs and only one fell back. The yearbook is available online at http://nieer.org/yearbook/

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined NIEER Director Steve Barnett for the yearbook's release. Duncan spoke about the need for high-quality preschool programs and discussed ways in which the economic stimulus package invests in early education. A video of his speech and follow-up Q&A session is available from C-SPAN at http://www.c-spanarchives.org/library/index.php?main_page=product_video_info&products_id=285175-1

3. New Report Looks at the Impact of the WIC Program on Very Young Children

Source: Children's HealthWatch - Retrieved April 6, 2009

Children's HealthWatch has published a new report entitled Feeding Our Future: Growing up Healthy with WIC. The report describes the impact of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) on very young children and highlights new research showing that WIC improves children's health and reduces their risk of developmental delays. It is available online at http://www.childrenshealthwatch.org/upload/resource/Feeding_our_future.pdf