July 31, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Announcements from the U.S. Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - July 27 & 29, 2009
  2. New Report on Collaborations to Provide Services to Young Children in the Child Welfare System
      Source: Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service - July 29, 2009
  3. Research Findings - Two-Sided Conversations Help Young Children Learn Language Skills
      Source: Pediatrics - Retrieved July 31, 2009
  4. 2009 Kids Count Data Book - Counting What Counts: Taking Results Seriously for Vulnerable Children and Families
      Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - July 30, 2009
  5. Recording of Conference Call on Early Learning Challenge Fund Available Online
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - July 28, 2009

1. Announcements from the U.S. Department of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - July 27 & 29, 2009

The U.S. Department of Education has recently published the following notices in the Federal Register.

  • Title: Report on IDEA Part B Maintenance of Effort Reduction and Coordinated Early Intervening Services - Notice of proposed information collection request
    URL: Federal Register, July 27, 2009 - http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2009-3/072709a.html
    Dates: An emergency review has been requested in accordance with the Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 3507 (j)), since public harm is reasonably likely to result if normal clearance procedures are followed. Approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been requested by August 7, 2009.
  • Title: Grant Program for Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems - Notice inviting applications for new awards under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
    URL: Federal Register, July 29, 2009 - http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2009-3/072909c.html
    Dates: The deadline for transmittal of applications is November 19, 2009
  • Title: Race to the Top Fund - Notice of proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria
    URL: Federal Register, July 29, 2009 - http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/proprule/2009-3/072909d.html
    Dates: The public is invited to comment on or before August 28, 2009
  • Title: State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Program - Notice of proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria
    URL: Federal Register, July 29, 2009 - http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/proprule/2009-3/072909e.html
    Dates: The public is invited to comment on or before August 28, 2009

2. New Report on Collaborations to Provide Services to Young Children in the Child Welfare System

Source: Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service - July 29, 2009

The Office of Policy, Research and Evaluation of the Administration on Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recently funded a 3 year study to examine the degree to which child welfare agencies, early intervention/preschool special education programs under IDEA, and early care and education programs are collaborating to meet the developmental and educational needs of children ages 0 to 5 who are in the child welfare system. The final report from this study is now available online at http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/schoolreadiness//

Suggested Citation: Ward, H., Oldham, E., Young-Yoon, S., Atkins, J., Morris, P. (2009). Children at Risk in the Child Welfare System: Collaborations to Promote School Readiness Final Report. Portland, ME: Muskie School of Public Service.

3. Research Findings - Two-Sided Conversations Help Young Children Learn Language Skills

Source: Pediatrics - Retrieved July 31, 2009

A recent study of 275 families of children aged 2 - 48 months found that healthy child language development was closely associated with adult-child conversations. Also, each hour of daily television viewing was associated with a 2.68 decrease in the language score. The researchers suggest that parents should be encouraged not only to provide language input to their children through reading and storytelling, but also to engage their children in two-sided conversations. More conversations provide more opportunities for mistakes and corrections, which help children practice new language skills. The findings were published in the July 2009 issue of Pediatrics. To learn more go to http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/124/1/342

Full citation: Zimmerman, F. J., Gilkerson, J., Richards, J. A., Christakis, D. A., Xu, D., Gray, S. & Yapanel, U. (2009). Teaching by listening: The importance of adult-child conversations to language development. Pediatrics, 124(1) 342-349.

4. 2009 Kids Count Data Book - Counting What Counts: Taking Results Seriously for Vulnerable Children and Families

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - July 30, 2009

The 2009 KIDS COUNT Data Book is now available online. This annual report profiles the well-being of America's children on a state-by-state basis and ranks states on 10 key measures of child well-being. This year's essay, entitled Counting What Counts: Taking Results Seriously for Vulnerable Children and Families, outlines a series of action steps to improve the nation's use of data in creating policies that improve the lives of vulnerable children and families. The report is available online at http://datacenter.kidscount.org/databook/2009/Default.aspx

5. Recording of Conference Call on Early Learning Challenge Fund Available Online

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - July 28, 2009

On June 21, the House Education and Labor Committee created a new landmark program, the Early Learning Challenge Fund. If passed by Congress, this program will invest $1 billion a year over 8 years to improve the quality of programs for children birth to five. On July 20, 2009, Dr. Ruth Friedman, Senior Education Policy Advisor, House Committee on Education and Labor, provided information about the proposed legislation on a free conference call. To listen to a recording of the call go to http://www.clasp.org/federal_policy/pages?id=0007. To view a summary of the bill, go to http://edlabor.house.gov/documents/111/pdf/publications/SAFRA-EarlyLearning.pdf.

The call was sponsored by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), ZERO TO THREE, the National Women's Law Center, 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.