July 2, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. New Open-Access Journal on Issues Related to Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families
      Source: International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education - July 2, 2009
  2. New Evidence-Based Social-Emotional Curricula for Children 0-5 Years and Their Families
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - July 2, 2009
  3. Congressional Briefing on the Impact of Early Childhood Interventions
      Source: The First Five Years Fund - Retrieved June 24, 2009
  4. Recent Transition Alerts from the National Early Childhood Transition Center
      Source: National Early Childhood Transition Center - June 30, 2009
  5. HHS Rescinds Medicaid Final Rule on School-Based Administration/Transportation
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - June 30, 2009
  6. Fiscal Year 2008-FY 2010 State Tables for the U.S. Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - July 1, 2009
  7. FY 2009 Grant Awards for Special Education Research and Training Programs
      Source: National Center for Special Education Research - July 2, 2009

1. New Open-Access Journal on Issues Related to Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families

Source: International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education - July 2, 2009

The International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education (INT-JECSE) is a new online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal offering scholarly articles on various issues related to young children with special needs (0-8 age) and their families. INT-JECSE publishes empirical research, literature reviews, theoretical articles, and book reviews in all aspects of Early Intervention (EI)/Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). Studies from diverse methodologies, including experimental studies using group or single-subject designs, descriptive studies using observational or survey methodologies, case studies, and qualitative studies, are welcome. The INT-JECSE is published twice (June and December) a year and can be accessed at http://www.int-jecse.net

2. New Evidence-Based Social-Emotional Curricula for Children 0-5 Years and Their Families

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - July 2, 2009

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) recently published Evidence-Based Social-Emotional Curricula and Intervention Packages for Children 0-5 Years and Their Families (June 2009), which provides guidance to families and early childhood special education providers seeking interventions to promote healthy social emotional development in young children with and without disabilities. The information can also help individuals intervene early with young children who may already be displaying problematic social emotional behaviors. It is available at http://www.challengingbehavior.org/do/resources/documents/roadmap_2.pdf

3. Congressional Briefing on the Impact of Early Childhood Interventions

Source: The First Five Years Fund - Retrieved June 24, 2009

At a Congressional briefing held on June 11, 2009, a panel of experts discussed the impact of early childhood interventions on reducing the need for special education services and highlighted successful state and local early childhood intervention initiatives. Panel experts included Dr. Alexa Posny, Kathy Augustine, Dr. Kathleen Hebbeler and Dr. Sonya Anderson (moderator). A 78-minute Webcast of the presentations is now available online at http://www.kzoinnovations.com/firstfive/

4. Recent Transition Alerts from the National Early Childhood Transition Center

Source: National Early Childhood Transition Center - June 30, 2009

The National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) has published two new Transition Alerts:

  • OSEP's Early Childhood Policy Letters Related to Transition (2009) - Summarizes three policy letters from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) that have published since 2000 on the topic of early childhood transition.
  • Recounts of Transition Experiences (2009) - Summarizes findings from a survey of families and providers in 24 states about significant transition experiences across the early childhood years.
Both can be accessed online at http://www.hdi.uky.edu/NECTC/Publications/transalterts.aspx

5. HHS Rescinds Medicaid Final Rule on School-Based Administration/Transportation

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - June 30, 2009

On June 30, 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final notice in the Federal Register rescinding the Medicaid final rule that would have eliminated reimbursement for some special-education expenses and for transporting Medicaid-eligible children to and from school, including children with special needs. Other Medicaid regulations are also being rescinded. These regulations, in whole or in part, have been subject to Congressional moratoria set to expire on July 1, 2009. The Federal Register notice is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15345.htm

6. Fiscal Year 2008-FY 2010 State Tables for the U.S. Department of Education

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

State tables (last updated 07/01/2009) for FY 2008, the Recovery Act, FY 2009, and FY 2010 President's Budget are available online at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/statetables/index.html#update. Although the tables label all FY 2009 allocations as estimates, allocation amounts for the programs listed on this Web page are considered final.

7. FY 2009 Grant Awards for Special Education Research and Training Programs

Source: National Center for Special Education Research - July 2, 2009

The National Center for Special Education Research within the Institute of Education Sciences recently announced 16 awards for the following FY 2009 programs: 14 in the Special Education Research Grants Program (CFDA 84.324A, Session 2); and 2 in the Postdoctral Research Training Program in Special Education (CFDA 84.324B). For a list of the awards, go to http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/projects/09awards2.asp