May 22, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Comment Requests - Annual State Application Under Part C of the IDEA and IDEA Part C SPP/APR
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - May 15, 2009
  2. Using Unique Identifiers to Promote Data Sharing Between Part C and Part B
      Source: Project Forum - Retrieved May 22, 2009
  3. Newly Released National Survey of Children's Health
      Source: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative - May 21, 2009
  4. 2009 Child Well-Being Index and Special Focus Report on Anticipating the Impacts of the Current Recession on Children
      Source: Foundation for Child Development - May 22, 2009
  5. FAQ - Creating a Comprehensive State Early Childhood Advisory Council
      Source: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices - May 19, 2009
  6. New Series on Measuring Quality in Early Childhood Settings
      Source: Child Trends - May 21, 2009
  7. Research Findings - Language Development of Preschoolers Influenced by Skills of Peers
      Source: Child Development - Retrieved May 22, 2009
  8. Interview with Senator Ted Kennedy on the Federal Role in Early Care and Education
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - May 15, 2009
  9. New Resource for Families from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
      Source: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - May 20, 2009

1. Comment Requests - Annual State Application Under Part C of the IDEA and IDEA Part C SPP/APR

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - May 15, 2009

On May 15, 2009, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) published the following proposed information collection requests. Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before July 14, 2009.

2. Using Unique Identifiers to Promote Data Sharing Between Part C and Part B

Source: Project Forum - Retrieved May 22, 2009

Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) recently published a policy analysis entitled Using Unique Identifiers to Promote Data Sharing Between Part C and Part B (2009), by Chandra Keller-Allen. The author describes state obligations regarding early childhood transition from Part C to Part B of IDEA and reports on the experiences of six states that currently use unique identifiers in their data systems to track children from Part C to Part B. It is available online at http://www.projectforum.org/docs/UsingUniqueIdentifierstoPromoteDataSharingBtwnPartCandPartB.pdf

3. Newly Released National Survey of Children's Health

Source: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative - May 21, 2009

The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) has just published the results of its 2007 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH). The survey provides state-level data on over 100 child health indicators, including a number of questions related to early childhood, risk for developmental delays, children with an IFSP/IEP (0-5 years) and more. See Survey Section 6. The survey results can be searched in a variety of ways at http://www.childhealthdata.org/content/Default.aspx. Some quick links of interest include:

4. 2009 Child Well-Being Index and Special Focus Report on Anticipating the Impacts of the Current Recession on Children

Source: Foundation for Child Development - May 22, 2009

The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) has released its most recent Child Well-Being Index, which includes a Special Focus Report entitled Anticipating the Impacts of a 2008-2010 Recession. The report shows that the current recession will have a dramatic effect on children and that it will impact low-income children of color most severely. It can be accessed online at http://www.fcd-us.org/resources/resources_show.htm?doc_id=906348

5. FAQ - Creating a Comprehensive State Early Childhood Advisory Council

Source: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices - May 19, 2009

On May 19, 2009 the NGA Center for Best Practices released a brief entitled, Creating a Comprehensive State Early Childhood Advisory Council, which answers frequently asked questions about creating a new council or designating an existing entity to meet the requirements of the 2007 Head Start Act. It is available online at http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0905ECACFAQ.PDF

6. New Series on Measuring Quality in Early Childhood Settings

Source: Child Trends - May 21, 2009

In recent years, the importance of measuring quality well in early childhood programs has gained increasing attention. Several new Child Trends issue briefs related to this topic are now available online. These include:

7. Research Findings - Language Development of Preschoolers Influenced by Skills of Peers

Source: Child Development - Retrieved May 22, 2009

Researchers at the University of Virginia recently studied 1,812 four-year olds enrolled in 453 classrooms in 11 states and found that children's abilities to speak and understand words developed faster when they were with classmates with stronger language skills. These findings and their implications for designing effective pre-k programs are presented in the most recent issue of the Child Development journal. To learn more go to http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bpl/cdev/2009/00000080/00000003/art00007

Full citation: Mashburn, A., Justice, L., Downer, J., & Pianta, R. (2009). Peer Effects on Children's Language Achievement During Pre-Kindergarten. Child Development, 80(3), 686-702.

8. Interview with Senator Ted Kennedy on the Federal Role in Early Care and Education

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - May 15, 2009

The April/May 2009 issue of Preschool Matters, published by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), features an interview with Senator Ted Kennedy on the federal role in early care and education. It can be accessed at http://nieer.org/psm/index.php?article=293

9. New Resource for Families from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Source: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - May 20, 2009

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) has published a new resource for families entitled Making the Most of Playtime, which offers tips and strategies for families to consider when playing with their infant or toddler. It is part of the CSEFEL Family Tools Collection and can be accessed online at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel/familytools/make_the_most_of_playtime2.pdf