January 8, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Guidance on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities during an H1N1 Outbreak
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - Retrieved January 8, 2010
  2. How Maternal Depression Can Undermine the Development of Young Children
      Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation - December 18, 2009
  3. CDC Releases National Autism Prevalence Report
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - December 18, 2009
  4. Early Childhood Mental Health Services: Four State Case Studies
      Source: Project Forum - Retrieved January 8, 2010
  5. Federal Funding and Building Integrated Early Childhood Programs
      Source: Build Initiative - Retrieved January 5, 2010
  6. State CCDBG Plans to Promote Opportunities for Babies & Toddlers in Child Care
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - Retrieved January 4, 2010
  7. Report on PA Pre-K Counts Shows Improved School Readiness
      Source: Heinz Endowments - December 18, 2010

1. Guidance on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities during an H1N1 Outbreak

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - Retrieved January 8, 2010

In December 2009, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) published a new Q&A document, entitled Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities during an H1N1 Outbreak. The document responds to questions concerning the provision of special education and related services and early intervention services following child dismissal, school closure, or program / provider closure due to an H1N1 outbreak. It is available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/h1n1-idea-qa.pdf

2. How Maternal Depression Can Undermine the Development of Young Children

Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation - December 18, 2009

A new working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation, entitled Maternal Depression Can Undermine the Development of Young Children (2009), discusses recent evidence on how maternal depression can adversely impact the developing brains of young children and examines implications for the well-being of children, families and society as a whole. It is available online at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/index.php/library/reports_and_working_papers/working_papers/wp8/

3. CDC Releases National Autism Prevalence Report

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - December 18, 2009

On December 18, 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their national autism prevalence report, which shows that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in the United States is approximately 1 percent of the population, or one in 110 of children 8 years of age in 2006. The CDC Report discusses increased prevalence and delay in identification as an urgent public health concern affecting American families. The full report, Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders - Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, United States, 2006, by Catherine Rice, can be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5810a1.htm

4. Early Childhood Mental Health Services: Four State Case Studies

Source: Project Forum - Retrieved January 8, 2010

Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) has released a new policy analysis, entitled Early Childhood Mental Health Services: Four State Case Studies (December 2009), by Kim Moherek Sopko. It provides findings from interviews with four state early childhood staff (i.e., the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B section 619 and Part C staff) that were conducted around select components of mental health: Connecticut - consultation; Michigan - preparation and professional development; Ohio - partnerships; and Illinois - finance. To access the analysis, go to http://projectforum.org/docs/EarlyChildhoodMentalHealthServices-FourStateCaseStudies.pdf

5. Federal Funding and Building Integrated Early Childhood Programs

Source: Build Initiative - Retrieved January 5, 2010

The BUILD Initiative recently published a paper, entitled Federal Funding and Young Children: Directions, Opportunities, and Challenges to States in Building Early Childhood Programs (2009), by Charles Bruner. The report highlights current and new federal sources of funding for early learning programs and discusses the challenges states are facing in trying to effectively coordinate and use this array of federal funding to build integrated early childhood systems. It is available online at http://www.buildinitiative.org/files/Federal%20Funding.pdf

6. State CCDBG Plans to Promote Opportunities for Babies & Toddlers in Child Care

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - Retrieved January 4, 2010

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has published a new report, State CCDBG Plans to Promote Opportunities for Babies & Toddlers in Child Care (December 2009) by Teresa Lim and Rachel Schumacher, and an accompanying policy brief, which analyze state Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) plans for FFY 2008-2009. CCDBG is the largest source of federal funding for child care available to states and includes an earmark for investments in infants and toddlers. Every two years, states must lay out their plans for using CCDBG funds to help low-income families access child care and to improve the quality of child care for all children.

To view the report go to http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/Infants-Toddlers-in-CCDBG-Plans-Report.pdf
The policy brief is available at http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/Infants-Toddlers-in-CCDBG-Plans-Brief.pdf

7. Report on PA Pre-K Counts Shows Improved School Readiness

Source: Heinz Endowments - December 18, 2010

A research report on Pennsylvania's Pre-K Counts program, which tracked children's progress over three years, shows that the program has prevented delays in children's cognitive development, reduced rates of behavior problems, and helped 80 percent of the children meet standards for kindergarten readiness. The study was funded through a $1 million Heinz Endowments grant.

The executive summary is available at http://www.heinz.org/UserFiles/Library/ExecSum-FINAL.pdf
The full report is available at http://www.heinz.org/UserFiles/Library/SPECS%20for%20PKC%202009%20Final%20Research%20Report%20113009.pdf