July 24, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Grant Notice - Leadership Preparation in Sensory Disabilities
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - July 23, 2009
  2. New Paper on Response to Intervention and the Pyramid Model
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - Retrieved July 24, 2009
  3. Bright Futures: Early Childhood Developments in the States
      Source: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices - Retrieved July 23, 2009
  4. New Report on Pre-K Collaborations with Community-Based Partners
      Source: Pre-K Now - July 20, 2009

1. Grant Notice - Leadership Preparation in Sensory Disabilities

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - July 23, 2009

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is inviting applications for the following grant award:

2. New Paper on Response to Intervention and the Pyramid Model

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - Retrieved July 24, 2009

Response to Intervention (RtI) offers a comprehensive model for the prevention of delays in learning and behavior. Although it was initially designed for K-12 programs, research supports the value of using the model within early childhood programs. The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has published a new paper, Response to Intervention and the Pyramid Model (2009), which provides guidance to early childhood programs as they develop policies and procedures related to the adoption of RtI. It is available online at http://www.challengingbehavior.org//do/resources/papers.htm

3. Bright Futures: Early Childhood Developments in the States

Source: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices - Retrieved July 23, 2009

The National Governors Association's Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) recently published a new edition of Bright Futures: Early Childhood Developments in the States, which examines opportunities for early childhood in the federal economic recovery package and highlights Early Childhood Advisory Council development in Guam, Iowa, Maine, and Ohio. It is available online at http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0906BRIGHTFUTURESNEWS.PDF

4. New Report on Pre-K Collaborations with Community-Based Partners

Source: Pre-K Now - July 20, 2009

A new report from Pre-K Now, entitled Beyond the School Yard: Pre-K Collaborations with Community-Based Partners (2009), profiles communities where early childhood programs are working together to provide high-quality early learning opportunities for more children. It includes a discussion about the benefits and challenges of coordinating programs and how state policy makers can support local efforts.

To access the report go to http://preknow.org/documents/pkn_collaboration_rept_final.pdf
A related video on partnering with home-based providers, from Pre-K Now's 2008 National Conference, is available at http://www.preknow.org/advocate/conference2008/collaboration.cfm