August 21, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Comment Request - Proposed Use of Funds Under Title I, Part A and IDEA to Defray Data Collection Costs in the ARRA
      Source: U.S. Education Department - August 17, 2009
  2. New Resources from the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - Retrieved August 19, 2009
  3. Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood: What Every Policymaker Should Know
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved August 19, 2009
  4. What Works Clearinghouse Releases Report on the Creative Curriculum for Preschool
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - August 11, 2009
  5. Promoting Effective Preschool Programs
      Source: RAND Corporation - Retrieved August 19, 2009
  6. Investing in America's Children: The Business Case
      Source: Partnership for America's Success - Retrieved August 19, 2009
  7. Protecting Children in Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders
      Source: Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - August 19, 2009

1. Comment Request - Proposed Use of Funds Under Title I, Part A and IDEA to Defray Data Collection Costs in the ARRA

Source: U.S. Education Department - August 17, 2009

On August 17, 2009, the U.S. Education Department published a proposal in the Federal Register to allow states to reserve more administrative funds under Title I, Part A and IDEA to defray data collection costs in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), including those related to administering, monitoring and reporting on use of ARRA funds. Comments must be received on or before September 16, 2009. To learn more, see the Federal Register notice at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19662.htm. To see a related press release, go to http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/08/08142009a.html

2. New Resources from the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - Retrieved August 19, 2009

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has recently published the following two new resources:

  • Promoting Social Behavior of Young Children in Group Settings: A Summary of Research (2009), by Glen Dunlap and Diane Powell - This synthesis provides a summary of intervention practices that are supported by empirical evidence for promoting adaptive social-emotional behavior of young children in group contexts. It focuses on toddlers and preschool children who are identified as having or being at risk for disabilities, and who have identified problems with social-emotional behaviors - http://www.challengingbehavior.org//do/resources/documents/roadmap_3.pdf
  • Policy Brief: Administrator Strategies that Support High Fidelity Implementation of the Pyramid Model for Promoting Social-Emotional Competence & Addressing Challenging Behavior (2009), by Melissa Mincic, Barbara J. Smith, & Phil Strain - This brief underscores the importance of facilitative administrative practices that are aligned with high fidelity implementation of the Pyramid Model and achieving positive outcomes for children and their families - http://www.challengingbehavior.org//do/resources/documents/brief_administrator.pdf

3. Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood: What Every Policymaker Should Know

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved August 19, 2009

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new brief, entitled Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood: What Every Policymaker Should Know (2009), by Janice L. Cooper, Rachel Masi, and Jessica Vick. The brief summarizes the results of a survey on states' efforts to maximize the impact of current policies to provide effective child development and prevention services to young children, especially those at risk for social and emotional delays, and makes recommendations for how to better support these children. It is available online at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_882.html

4. What Works Clearinghouse Releases Report on the Creative Curriculum for Preschool

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - August 11, 2009

The What Works Clearinghouse has released a new early childhood education report on the Creative Curriculum for Preschool, a project-based early childhood curriculum designed to foster the development of the whole child through teacher-led small and large group activities. To see the report go to http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/reports/early_ed/cc/index.asp

5. Promoting Effective Preschool Programs

Source: RAND Corporation - Retrieved August 19, 2009

The RAND Corporation has published a new policy brief, entitled Promoting Effective Preschool Programs, which examines existing research on federal and state level early childhood education programs. The authors find gaps in both access and quality. Recommendations for federal policy to improve preschool education services are provided. The brief is available online at http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/2009/RAND_RB9427.pdf

6. Investing in America's Children: The Business Case

Source: Partnership for America's Success - Retrieved August 19, 2009

Investing in America's Children: The Business Case is a new brochure from the Partnership for America's Success, which provides an overview of the business case for investing in young children. The brochure can be used to help connect business organizations and individual leaders with other peers and networks. It is available online at http://www.partnershipforsuccess.org/uploads/20090721_PAESBrochure.pdf

7. Protecting Children in Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders

Source: Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - August 19, 2009

The Children's Bureau has published a new manual in its Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series, entitled Protecting Children in Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders. This manual addresses the nature of substance abuse disorders (SUDs); the impact of parental SUDs on children; in-home examination, screening, and assessment for SUDs; treatment of SUDs; and the role of child protective services. It is available online at http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/substanceuse/