May 8, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. President's FY 2010 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - May 7, 2009
  2. State Efforts to Meet the Early Childhood Transition Requirements of IDEA
      Source: Project Forum, NECTAC and NECTC - Retrieved May 5, 2009
  3. Autism Spectrum Disorders: State Part C and Part B Initiatives to Serve a Growing Population
      Source: Project Forum - May 4, 2009
  4. Federal Expenditures on Infants and Toddlers in 2007
      Source: Urban Institute - Retrieved May 8, 2009
  5. Improving Care Coordination, Case Management, and Linkages to Service for Young Children: Opportunities for States
      Source: National Academy for State Health Policy and Commonwealth Fund - Retrieved May 8, 2009

1. President's FY 2010 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - May 7, 2009

On May 7, 2009, President Obama released his detailed FY 2010 budget request. Summary information for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, including Preschool Grants and Grants for Infants and Families, can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget10/summary/edlite-section3b.html. Budget information for all programs and activities of the Department of Education can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget10/index.html. Some highlights include:

  • $500 million for a new program of Title I Early Childhood Grants, which would encourage LEAs to use Title I Recovery Act funds to start or expand Title I preschool programs.
  • $300 million for a new Early Learning Challenge Fund, a central component of the President's Zero-to-Five initiative, to help States develop or refine systems for rating and improving the quality of early learning programs.
  • $162.5 million for Early Reading First, an increase of $50 million to expand support for high-quality, research-based early literacy services for preschool children.

2. State Efforts to Meet the Early Childhood Transition Requirements of IDEA

Source: Project Forum, NECTAC and NECTC - Retrieved May 5, 2009

A new in-brief analysis, State Efforts to Meet the Early Childhood Transition Requirements of IDEA (April 2009), summarizes recommendations from the national transition initiative for improving state and local performance related to the early childhood transition requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and highlights policies and practices adopted by six states (FL, IN, KY, NH, NM and WV) to meet these requirements. This in-brief analysis was a collaborative effort of Eve Müller (Project Forum), Kathy Whaley (National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center), and Beth Rous (National Early Childhood Transition Center). It is available online at http://www.projectforum.org/docs/StateEffortstoMeettheECTransitionRequirementsofIDEAfinal.pdf

3. Autism Spectrum Disorders: State Part C and Part B Initiatives to Serve a Growing Population

Source: Project Forum - May 4, 2009

Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) has recently published a new policy analysis entitled Autism Spectrum Disorders: State Part C and Part B Initiatives to Serve a Growing Population, by Kelly Henderson. The brief summarizes findings from a survey of Part C and Part B program staff related to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in the areas of professional development, technical assistance, early identification efforts and direct services. More detailed information from interviews with five state Part C and B staff is also included. It is available online at http://projectforum.org/docs/ASD-StatePartCandPartBInitiativestoServeAGrowingPopulation.pdf

4. Federal Expenditures on Infants and Toddlers in 2007

Source: Urban Institute - Retrieved May 8, 2009

A new report from the Urban Institute, entitled Federal Expenditures on Infants and Toddlers in 2007 (2009), examines more than 100 programs through which the federal government spends money on children and finds that children under the age of 3 are underrepresented in the federal budget. The accompanying fact sheet outlines the investments we currently make in very young children.

Full report - http://www.urban.org/publications/411875.html
Fact Sheet - http://www.urban.org/publications/411878.html

5. Improving Care Coordination, Case Management, and Linkages to Service for Young Children: Opportunities for States

Source: National Academy for State Health Policy and Commonwealth Fund - Retrieved May 8, 2009

A new report from the National Academy for State Health Policy, with support from the Commonwealth Fund, discusses strategies states can use to help improve linkages between primary care providers and other child and family service providers, in order to promote the healthy development of young children. Improving Care Coordination, Case Management, and Linkages to Service for Young Children: Opportunities for States (2009), by Kay Johnson and Jill Rosenthal is available online at http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/Fund-Reports/2009/Apr/Improving-Care-Coordination-Case-Management-and-Linkages.aspx