May 29, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. The Condition of Education 2009
      Source: National Center for Education Statistics - May 28, 2009
  2. New Policy Analysis on State-level Approaches to Co-Teaching
      Source: Project Forum - Retrieved May 28, 2009
  3. The Fiscal Effects of Investing in High-Quality Preschool Programs
      Source: Brookings Institute - Retrieved May 28, 2009
  4. Study Examines Age at Which Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder are Identified
      Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Retrieved May 28, 2009
  5. New ARRA Resources from the Field
      Source: NIEER, the Build Initiative, and the Education Commission of the States - Retrieved May 28, 2009

1. The Condition of Education 2009

Source: National Center for Education Statistics - May 28, 2009

On May 28, 2009, the National Center for Education Statistics released The Condition of Education 2009, which summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. It contains the following three indicators related to early childhood:

The complete report is available at http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/

2. New Policy Analysis on State-level Approaches to Co-Teaching

Source: Project Forum - Retrieved May 28, 2009

Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) recently published a policy analysis entitled State-level Approaches to Co-Teaching, which describes findings from a survey of all state special education units on the topic of co-teaching. Findings are reported in the areas of terminology used, guidance available, requirements for IEPs and teachers, personnel preparation efforts, complementary initiatives, outcome data collection, challenges and recommendations. It is available online at http://projectforum.org/docs/State-levelApproachestoCo-Teaching.pdf

3. The Fiscal Effects of Investing in High-Quality Preschool Programs

Source: Brookings Institute - Retrieved May 28, 2009

The Brookings Institute has released a new report entitled The Fiscal Effects of Investing in High-Quality Preschool Programs (2009) by William T. Dickens and Charles Baschnagel. The authors look at the potential long-term effects of two model preschool programs on federal, state and local government budgets. They find that both programs would pay back in reduced costs and increased revenues in excess of three-fourths of their costs within a seventy-five year budget window. The report can be accessed online at http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2009/04_preschool_programs_dickens.aspx

4. Study Examines Age at Which Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder are Identified

Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Retrieved May 28, 2009

A recent study examined the age at which children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are identified by community providers and the factors associated with younger age of identification. The median age of identification was found to be 5.7 years. The authors conclude that "the large gap between the age at which children can be identified and when they actually are identified suggests a critical need for further research, innovation, and improvement in this area of clinical practice." To read an abstract go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19318992

Full citation: Shattuck P., Durkin M., Maenner M., et al. (2009). Timing of identification of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Findings from a population-based surveillance study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 48(5):474-483.

5. New ARRA Resources from the Field

Source: NIEER, the Build Initiative, and the Education Commission of the States - Retrieved May 28, 2009

The following new resources from the early childhood field related to the use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds (ARRA) are available online. For official ARRA guidance from the U.S. Department of Education go to http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/index.html:

Capitalizing on the Stimulus: A Rare Opportunity That Calls for Creative Thinking - NIEER Idea Factory (2009)

http://preschoolmatters.org/2009/05/21/stimulus-dollars/
A forum for sharing ideas, experiences and successes related to the creative use of ARRA funds for improving the quality of, access to and resources for high quality early childhood education. A project of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).

Opportunities to Incorporate Young Child Data into Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Funding (2009)

http://www.buildinitiative.org/files/SLDS%20and%20Early%20Childhood%20ARRA%20Funding%20Op%20Paper.pdf
Identifies ways in which ARRA funds could be used to help expand State Longitudinal Data Systems to incorporate important early childhood/preschool data and support continuous improvement in early learning systems development. Prepared by Charles Bruner, with Michelle Stover Wright, the Build Initiative.

Maximizing Reform in the Stimulus Bill: Supporting Effective Early Education (May 2009)

http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/80/59/8059.pdf
Provides recommendations on investments states and districts can make with ARRA funds to support high quality early childhood programs that will continue to produce benefits even after stimulus dollars are gone. Published by the Education Commission of the States.