May 21, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Listening and Learning about Early Learning Tour - Presentation Materials Available
      Source: U.S. Departments of Education - May 20, 2010
  2. Interview with Lead Researchers on Response to Intervention in Early Childhood
      Source: Institute of Education Sciences - May 21, 2010
  3. Governors' Pre-K Budget Proposals for Fiscal Year 2011
      Source: Pre-K Now - May 21, 2010
  4. Make Reading by the End of Third Grade a National Priority
      Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - May 18, 2010
  5. Grant Notice - Head Start Graduate Student Research
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Administration for Children and Families - May 19, 2010

1. Listening and Learning about Early Learning Tour - Presentation Materials Available

Source: U.S. Departments of Education - May 20, 2010

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have completed their Listening and Learning about Early Learning Tour, which consisted of meetings held this spring in four cities: Washington D.C., Denver, Orlando, and Chicago. Presentation materials from the expert presenters at each of the four meetings, written input, and blog entries can be accessed at http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/tour.html

A webinar of the first meeting, which focused on Understanding Preschool - Grade 3 Structures, is available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLrCS4KTd20
To view comments from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Early Childhood (DEC), go to http://www.dec-sped.org/About_DEC/Whats_New?id=65

2. Interview with Lead Researchers on Response to Intervention in Early Childhood

Source: Institute of Education Sciences - May 21, 2010

The May 2010 newsletter from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) features an interview with Judith Carta and Charles Greenwood, two lead researchers from the Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood (CRTIEC) that began in July 2008. CRTIEC is a 5-year project focused on developing and evaluating Response to Intervention (RtI) models for young children in order to increase the number of young children who enter school with knowledge and skill in early literacy and language. To learn more, read the interview online at http://ies.ed.gov/whatsnew/newsletters/?index=roundncser

3. Governors' Pre-K Budget Proposals for Fiscal Year 2011

Source: Pre-K Now - May 21, 2010

Findings from Pre-K Now's latest annual survey of governors' funding and policy proposals for publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs are now available online. Leadership Matters: Governors' Pre-K Budget Proposals Fiscal Year 2011 (May 2010) shows that if governors' budget proposals for FY11 pass, 9 states will increase funding for state pre-kindergarten, 10 states will maintain current funding levels, and 12 states will decrease funding. To read the full report, go to http://www.preknow.org/resource/leadershipmatters/?CFID=46719694&CFTOKEN=68227515

4. Make Reading by the End of Third Grade a National Priority

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - May 18, 2010

On May 18, 2010, the Annie E. Casey Foundation announced the launch of a national campaign to get all children reading proficiently by the end of third grade. The announcement was made along with the release of a new KIDS COUNT special report, Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, which finds that two of every three fourth graders overall are not proficient in reading and four of five fourth graders from low-income families are also not proficient in reading. Among other things, the report recommends the creation of an aligned system of education and care from birth to third grade. To learn more and to access the new report, go to http://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter/Publications.aspx?pubguid={EBC84A89-722A-4985-9E5D-7AB0803CB178}

5. Grant Notice - Head Start Graduate Student Research

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Administration for Children and Families - May 19, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education, Administration for Children and Families has announced the following new funding opportunity:
Title: Head Start Graduate Student Research
Issue Date Month/Year: 5/2010
URL: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2010-ACF-OPRE-YR-0018
Summary: Funds are provided for Graduate Student Research Grants to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working in partnership with Head Start programs and with faculty mentors.