February 5, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. New Grant Opportunities from the U.S. Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - Retrieved February 4, 2010
  2. Early Childhood Highlights from the President's FY 2011 Budget Request
      Source: NAEYC, CLASP, NACCRRA - February 1, 2010
  3. Technical Assistance to Promote Service and System Change
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - Retrieved February 3, 2010
  4. What Every School Administrator Should Know about Title I, Pre-K and School Reform
      Source: Pre-K Now - Retrieved February 5, 2010
  5. Fact Sheet - Public Expenditures on Children through 2008
      Source: Urban Institute and Brookings Institution - Retrieved February 5, 2010

1. New Grant Opportunities from the U.S. Department of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - Retrieved February 4, 2010

On February 4, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) published a notice in the Federal Register (Volume 75, Number 23) announcing its FY 2011 competitions for grants to support education and special education research. The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) will hold four competitions: two for special education research, one for special education research training, and one for special education research and development centers. For complete information, go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2010-1/020410c.html

On February 2, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) published a notice in the Federal Register (Volume 75, Number 21) inviting applications for the following grant competition: Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities - Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities. For complete information, go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2010-1/020210d.html

2. Early Childhood Highlights from the President's FY 2011 Budget Request

Source: NAEYC, CLASP, NACCRRA - February 1, 2010

On February 1, 2010, President Obama released his budget request for FY 2011. The request includes a $1.6 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, a $989 million increase for Head Start, including Early Head Start; a $10 billion increase over 10 years for child nutrition programs, and approximately $9 billion over ten years for the proposed Early Learning Challenge Fund. The budget request does not include increased funding for IDEA Part C Grants for Infants and Toddlers or IDEA Part B, Section 619 Preschool Grants, which remain funded at FY 2009 levels. To learn more, see the following resources:

3. Technical Assistance to Promote Service and System Change

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - Retrieved February 3, 2010

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has published the fourth installment in its Roadmap to Effective Intervention Practices series. Technical Assistance to Promote Service and System Change (November 2009) by Karen A. Blase, discusses TA strategies to initiate, implement, and sustain effective practice and systems change. It is meant to assist a range of stakeholders (e.g., early childhood service providers, parents, technical assistance providers) understand the types of technical assistance (TA) that are most beneficial to achieve particular practice and systems outcomes. It is available online at http://www.challengingbehavior.org/do/resources/documents/roadmap_4.pdf

4. What Every School Administrator Should Know about Title I, Pre-K and School Reform

Source: Pre-K Now - Retrieved February 5, 2010

Pre-K Now has published a new white paper, Tapping Title I: What Every School Administrator Should Know about Title I, Pre-K and School Reform (January 2010), which provides basic information about using Title I resources to support high-quality early education initiatives. It is available online at http://www.preknow.org/documents/TitleI_PartII_Jan2010.pdf

The paper is a companion to Pre-K Now's earlier white paper, New Beginnings: Using Federal Title I Funds to Support Local Pre-K Efforts (September 2009), available at http://www.preknow.org/documents/titleI_Sep2009.pdf

5. Fact Sheet - Public Expenditures on Children through 2008

Source: Urban Institute and Brookings Institution - Retrieved February 5, 2010

A new fact sheet from the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, Public Expenditures on Children through 2008 (January 2010), shows that in 2008, less than one-tenth of the federal budget was spent on children. Spending on children increased under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), but the authors project that if current policies continue unchanged, spending on children could fall to 1.9 percent of GDP by 2019. The fact sheet lists the ten largest federal programs for children by age and the total invested in those programs in 2008. It is available at http://www.urban.org/uploadedpdf/412003_public_expenditures_on_children.pdf

For additional information about federal expenditures on children, see Kids' Share: Analyzing Federal Expenditures on Children, a series of annual reports that examine trends in federal and state spending and tax expenditures on children - http://www.urban.org/projects/kids_share.cfm