August 28, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. A Guide to Analyzing Data from the Family Outcomes Survey
      Source: Early Childhood Outcomes Center - Retrieved August 28, 2009
  2. Using Community Care Networks to Improve the Childhood Developmental Screening Delivery and Referral Services
      Source: Commonwealth Fund - August 20, 2009
  3. Education News Parents Can Use - A National Town Hall Meeting with Arne Duncan
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - August 28, 2009
  4. Comment Requests from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - August 25, 2009

1. A Guide to Analyzing Data from the Family Outcomes Survey

Source: Early Childhood Outcomes Center - Retrieved August 28, 2009

The Family Outcomes Survey (FOS) provides a way for state and local programs serving young children to assess the extent to which families have achieved a variety of outcomes. A new document from the Early Childhood Outcomes Center (ECO) provides suggestions on how to analyze data from the survey and how to use the analyses to plan for program improvement. It is written for state agency staff, but many of the suggested analyses could be carried out at the local level also. A Guide to Analyzing Data from the Family Outcomes Survey (August 2009), by Melissa Raspa, Kathleen Hebbeler, and Don Bailey is available online at http://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/eco/FOS_Guidance_Report_08-09.pdf

2. Using Community Care Networks to Improve the Childhood Developmental Screening Delivery and Referral Services

Source: Commonwealth Fund - August 20, 2009

A new Commonwealth Fund brief examines the key elements of North Carolina's Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) program that have resulted in fewer children entering school with unrecognized or untreated developmental problems. Some of these include: identifying standardized screening tools and teaching physicians to implement them without disrupting the workflow of their practices; building providers' knowledge of referral agencies; helping providers develop processes for tracking cases; and enhancing providers' relationships with community agencies. The brief, North Carolina's ABCD Program: Using Community Care Networks to Improve the Delivery of Childhood Developmental Screening and Referral to Early Intervention Services (2009), is available online at http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/Issue%20Brief/2009/Aug/1312_Klein_North_Carolina_ABCD_using_community_care_ib.pdf

3. Education News Parents Can Use - A National Town Hall Meeting with Arne Duncan

Source: U.S. Department of Education - August 28, 2009

During the September 15, 2009 edition of Education News Parents Can Use, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will participate in a discussion with parents across the nation by telephone, email, and with a studio audience. This event is one stop along the secretary's national Listening and Learning tour to gather input on the administration's education agenda, including: early childhood learning, quality schools, parent responsibility, higher standards, teacher quality, health and safety, workforce development, and higher education. For more information, go to http://registerevent.ed.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewer.description&intEventID=233

4. Comment Requests from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - August 25, 2009

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) published invitations to comment on the following information collection packages in the Federal Register on August 25, 2009. Comments must be received on or before September 24, 2009.