May 28, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Hearing on Early Childhood Education and ESEA
      Source: U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee - May 25, 2010
  2. 20 States Win Grants For Longitudinal Data Systems
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences - May 21, 2010
  3. The Condition of Education 2010
      Source: National Center for Education Statistics - May 27, 2010
  4. Early Care and Education State Budget Actions FY 2010
      Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - May 28, 2010
  5. New Review from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - Retrieved May 28, 2010
  6. BAM Radio Discussion on How Stress Impacts Early Learning
      Source: BAM Radio - Retrieved May 28, 2010
  7. Grant Notices From the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services
      Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - Retrieved May 28, 2010

1. Hearing on Early Childhood Education and ESEA

Source: U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee - May 25, 2010

On May 25, 2010, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee convened a hearing focused on early childhood education and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind. A Webcast of the hearing, as well as the testimonies of expert witnesses Barry Griswell, Larry Schweinhart, Robert Pianta, and Henrietta Zalkind are available online at http://help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=ac5e1b12-5056-9502-5d84-93f5a613d30f

2. 20 States Win Grants For Longitudinal Data Systems

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences - May 21, 2010

On May 21, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education's Institute for Education Sciences (IES) announced that 20 states will be awarded grants to design and implement statewide longitudinal data systems. These grants, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, are intended to collect and connect data from early childhood education through career. To learn more, go to http://nces.ed.gov/programs/slds/fy09arra_announcement.asp

3. The Condition of Education 2010

Source: National Center for Education Statistics - May 27, 2010

On May 27, 2010, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released The Condition of Education 2010, a report to the nation on the status and condition of education in America. This year's special section focuses on high-poverty schools. The Condition of Education Web site provides a collection of 49 indicators and analyses published between 2000-2010. Some of the indicators include, for example: Early Education and Child Care Arrangements of Young Children (2008), Early Development of Children (2009), Knowledge and Skills of Young Children (2009), Children and Youth with Disabilities (2010). To learn more, go to http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/

4. Early Care and Education State Budget Actions FY 2010

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - May 28, 2010

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) recently published Early Care and Education State Budget Actions FY 2010 (May 2010), an annual survey of state fiscal decisions in early care and education policy and programs, including child care, prekindergarten, home visiting and other related early childhood programs. To learn more, go to http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=20417

5. New Review from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - Retrieved May 28, 2010

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has published a new research synthesis entitled Effects of Adult Verbal and Vocal Contingent Responsiveness on Increases in Infant Vocalizations, (2010), by Carl J. Dunst, Ellen Gorman, and Deborah W. Hamby. The synthesis looks at how different adult verbal and vocal behaviors led to increases in infant vocalizations in 22 studies that included 214 infants and toddlers. It is available online at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/cellreviews/cellreviews_v3_n1.pdf

6. BAM Radio Discussion on How Stress Impacts Early Learning

Source: BAM Radio - Retrieved May 28, 2010

BAM Radio, an education radio network providing programs from the nation's top education organizations and thought leaders, recently featured a two-part discussion looking at the role stress plays in the lives of young children and how stress can impact early learning.

To learn more about BAM radio, go to http://www.bamradionetwork.com/index.php

7. Grant Notices From the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services

Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - Retrieved May 28, 2010

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have recently published notices inviting applications for the following new funding opportunities:

Title: Centers of Excellence in Early Childhood
Issuing Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start
URL: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2010-ACF-OHS-YX-0058

Title: National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness
Issuing Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start
URL: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2010-ACF-OHS-HC-0090

Title: State Personnel Development Grants
Issuing Agency: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
URL: Federal Register (v.75, no. 100) - http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2010-2/052510c.html