March 19, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Learning How Much Quality is Necessary to Get to Good Results for Children
      Source: National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education - Retrieved March 19, 2010
  2. Workforce Preparation to Serve Children Who Receive Part C Services
      Source: Project Forum - Retrieved March 15, 2010
  3. A Tool Using Data to Inform a State Infant/Toddler Care Agenda
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - March 15, 2010
  4. Special Education Research Grants Announced
      Source: Institute of Educational Sciences, National Center for Special Education Research - March 17, 2010
  5. Third Quarter 2009 Letters of Clarification from the Office of Special Education Programs
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - January 29, 2010

1. Learning How Much Quality is Necessary to Get to Good Results for Children

Source: National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education - Retrieved March 19, 2010

The National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (NCRECE) has published a new short brief, entitled Learning How Much Quality is Necessary to Get to Good Results for Children (NCRECE In Focus, v.1, no.2), which summarizes the results of a study examining data on teacher-child interactions and instructional quality from an 11-state pre-kindergarten evaluation. To read the brief, go to http://ncrece.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/NCRECEInFocusV1I2Thresholdanalysis.pdf

2. Workforce Preparation to Serve Children Who Receive Part C Services

Source: Project Forum - Retrieved March 15, 2010

Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) has published a new policy analysis entitled Workforce Preparation to Serve Children Who Receive Part C Services (March 2010), by Kim M. Sopko. It summarizes the results of a survey sent to all states looking at: the requirements states expect professionals to hold for each of twelve different early intervention roles; the areas in which states have shortages; and how states are ensuring that qualified personnel fill positions. It also includes state-identified strategies to address these issues. The paper is available online at http://www.projectforum.org/docs/WorkforcePreparationtoServeChildrenWhoReceivePartCSvcs.pdf

3. A Tool Using Data to Inform a State Infant/Toddler Care Agenda

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - March 15, 2010

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently published A Tool Using Data to Inform a State Infant/Toddler Care Agenda (March 2010), by Elizabeth Hoffmann. It includes a series of key questions for state advocates and policymakers to better understand the context and conditions of infants and toddlers in the state. Where possible, links to online data sources are provided. To learn more, go to http://www.clasp.org/babiesinchildcare/publications?id=0004

4. Special Education Research Grants Announced

Source: Institute of Educational Sciences, National Center for Special Education Research - March 17, 2010

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) at the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) made a series of new research program grant awards in February 2010. The new research projects cover a variety of topics and age ranges, including three that are related to Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education. To see a complete list of NCSER 2010 awards, go to http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/projects/10awards.asp.

5. Third Quarter 2009 Letters of Clarification from the Office of Special Education Programs

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - January 29, 2010

Policy letters related to the education of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) dated July 1, 2009 through September 30, 2009 are now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2009-3/index.html. On March 18, 2010, the Federal Register published a list of these letters with summaries included. See http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-5977.htm

A subset of OSEP policy letters that specifically address Part C and Section 619 of the IDEA can be accessed via the NECTAC Web site at http://www.nectac.org/idea/clarfctnltrs.asp