March 5, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. A New Approach to Early Intervention: Virtual Home Visits
      Source: Family Center on Technology and Disability - March 3, 2010
  2. Evaluation Science Brief - Understanding the Head Start Impact Study
      Source: National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs - March 1, 2010
  3. Q&A - The Long Reach of Early Childhood Poverty: Pathways and Impacts
      Source: Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University - March 1, 2010
  4. Recently Launched - QRIS National Learning Network
      Source: BUILD Initiative and Smart Start National Technical Assistance Center - March 5, 2010
  5. Race to the Top Finalists Announced
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - March 4, 2010
  6. New Grant Notices from the U.S. Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - March 1, 2010

1. A New Approach to Early Intervention: Virtual Home Visits

Source: Family Center on Technology and Disability - March 3, 2010

The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) recently published a newsletter featuring a discussion with Sue Thain Olsen and Amy Henningson of the Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD). CPD is doing research on the benefits and challenges of providing early intervention services to families in remote rural areas via virtual home visits. Their research is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities program. To learn more, go to http://www.fctd.info/assets/newsletters/pdfs/275/FCTD-News-Feb2010.pdf?1270830020

2. Evaluation Science Brief - Understanding the Head Start Impact Study

Source: National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs - March 1, 2010

A new evaluation science brief from the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs offers a research-based interpretation of the recently released findings from the Head Start Impact Study, which showed that at the end of first grade, children who had attended Head Start when they were 3 or 4 years of age were at the same level as control group children on many measures. Evaluation Science Brief - Understanding the Head Start Impact Study (March 2010) can be accessed online at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/index.php/download_file/-/view/627/

3. Q&A - The Long Reach of Early Childhood Poverty: Pathways and Impacts

Source: Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University - March 1, 2010

At the annual meeting symposium of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), held February 21, 2010, in San Diego, CA, panelists Greg Duncan, Katherine Magnuson, Tom Boyce, and Jack Shonkoff answered questions regarding the long-term consequences of early childhood poverty and innovative solutions that can be helpful. A new Q&A document, The Long Reach of Early Childhood Poverty: Pathways and Impacts (2010), based on this discussion, is now available online at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/index.php/download_file/-/view/623/

4. Recently Launched - QRIS National Learning Network

Source: BUILD Initiative and Smart Start National Technical Assistance Center - March 5, 2010

The BUILD Initiative and the Smart Start National Technical Assistance Center recently launched the Quality Rating and Improvement System National Learning Network (QRIS NLN) to advance QRIS as a strategy for early care and education system reform. The QRIS NLN will provide opportunities for states to learn from one another and a platform for QRIS leaders to share information about promising practices and cutting edge research. It also plans to offer webinars on a variety of QRIS topics and technical assistance to states interested in developing or improving their QRIS. To visit the QRIS NLN Web site, go to http://www.qrisnetwork.org/

On April 1st at 2:00 pm EST, the first QRIS NLN webinar will discuss a new QRIS cost modeling tool. To learn more or to register for this webinar, go to http://www.qrisnetwork.org/webinars

5. Race to the Top Finalists Announced

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

On March 4, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education announced 15 states and the District of Columbia as finalists for the first round of the $4.35 billion Race to the Top (RTTT) competitive grant program, which is meant to help reform the educational system. The finalists will be invited to DC in mid-March to defend their proposals and winners will be announced in April. For more information and to see the list of finalists, go to http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2010/03/03042010.html

6. New Grant Notices from the U.S. Department of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - March 1, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) recently posted the following grant notices in the Federal Register (Volume 75, Number 39):