July 17, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Comment Requests from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - July 14, 2009
  2. Feedback Requested on New Practitioner Practice Guides from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - July 15, 2009
  3. New Findings on Disparities in Child Outcomes as Early as 9 Months of Age
      Source: Child Trends - July 14, 2009
  4. Proposed Early Childhood Challenge Fund Legislation
      Source: U.S. Department of Education and ZERO TO THREE - July 17, 2009

1. Comment Requests from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - July 14, 2009

On July 14th, 2009, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) published the following two requests for comments in the Federal Register:

2. Feedback Requested on New Practitioner Practice Guides from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - July 15, 2009

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has published 68 new Practitioner Practice Guides and would like your feedback. These guides are specifically for practitioners who work with parents and those working with children to promote the early and emergent literacy skills of young children with disabilities or delays. They are organized by child age and type of literacy skill. There are 30 infant, 23 toddler, and 15 preschool practice guides that can be downloaded at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/pgpracts.php, each with a linked feedback form. Revisions will be made based on user feedback, so your insights are important.

Many of CELL's Parent Guides have also been revised and CELL is seeking additional feedback on these. They are available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/pgparents.php. Once the review cycles have been completed, all of the guides will be revised and released in their final form on the CELL Web site at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org.

3. New Findings on Disparities in Child Outcomes as Early as 9 Months of Age

Source: Child Trends - July 14, 2009

A new Child Trends study commissioned by the Council of Chief State School Officers finds that disparities in child outcomes between poor, at-risk, and more advantaged children are evident as early as 9 months and grow larger by 24 months of age. These disparities exist across cognitive, social, behavioral, and health outcomes. The study, Disparities in Early Learning and Development: Lessons from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study--Birth Cohort (2009), finds low income and low maternal education to be the factors most strongly associated with poorer outcomes among very young children. It also finds that the more risk factors a child has, the more profound these disparities are.

Full Report - http://www.childtrends.org/Files/Child_Trends-2009_07_10_FR_DisparitiesEL.pdf
Executive Summary - http://www.childtrends.org/Files/Child_Trends-2009_07_10_ES_DisparitiesEL.pdf

4. Proposed Early Childhood Challenge Fund Legislation

Source: U.S. Department of Education and ZERO TO THREE - July 17, 2009

On July 15, 2009, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (H.R. 3221) was introduced in the House of Representatives. Title IV of this Act authorizes the Early Learning Challenge Fund, which will advance reforms to improve the quality of early childhood programs across the country. Today Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced their support of the proposed legislation and highlighted the Obama Administration's blueprint to improve and strengthen early learning programs.

On Monday, July 20, at 1:00 p.m. EST. Dr. Ruth Friedman, Senior Education Policy Advisor, House Committee on Education and Labor, will provide information about the proposed legislation on a free conference call. To register, go to http://www.clasp.org/federal_policy/pages?id=0007. The call is being sponsored by ZERO TO THREE, the National Women's Law Center, the Center for Law and Social Policy, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, First Five Years Fund, the Early Care and Education Consortium, the National Head Start Association, the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.