June 4, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Head Start National TA Center Grant Notices
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start - June 3, 2010
  2. Policy Letters from the Office of Special Education Programs - 4th Quarter 2009
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - May 28, 2010
  3. Promoting Caregivers' Use of Everyday Child Language Learning Practices
      Source: Center on Everyday Child Language Learning - Retrieved June 3, 2010
  4. Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children and Their Families
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA - May 27, 2010
  5. Adding High-Quality Pre-K to State School Funding Formulas
      Source: Pre-K Now and the Education Law Center - May 27, 2010
  6. Working Together: Building Improved Communication
      Source: National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education - June 2, 2010
  7. Grant Notice - Early Learning Mentor Coaches
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start - June 3, 2010

1. Head Start National TA Center Grant Notices

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start - June 3, 2010

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start recently published the following grant notices for four National Technical Assistance (TA) Centers, all with a due date of July 12, 2010:

National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2010-ACF-OHS-HC-0089

National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2010-ACF-OHS-HC-0090

National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2010-ACF-OHS-HC-0087

National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2010-ACF-OHS-HC-0088

2. Policy Letters from the Office of Special Education Programs - 4th Quarter 2009

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - May 28, 2010

Policy letters of clarification 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 October 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009 are now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2009-4/index.html. On May 28, 2010, the Federal Register published a list of these letters with summaries included - see http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2010-2/052810a.html

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

3. Promoting Caregivers' Use of Everyday Child Language Learning Practices

Source: Center on Everyday Child Language Learning - Retrieved June 3, 2010

The Center on Everyday Child Language Learning (CECLL) has updated a paper that describes the adult learning procedure used at CECLL to promote practitioners' abilities to support parents' use of everyday child language learning practices. The approach, Participatory Adult Learning Strategy (PALS), includes 4 phases: introduction, application, informed understanding, and repeated learning opportunities to further develop understanding and use of everyday language learning practices. Adult Learning Process for Promoting Caregiver Adoption of Everyday Child Language Learning Practices: Revised and Updated (Practically Speaking, v.2, n.1, 2010), by Melinda Raab, Carl J. Dunst, and Carol M. Trivette is available at http://www.cecll.org/download/Practically_Speaking_v2n1.pdf

CECLL is a model demonstration center funded by the U.S Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute.

4. Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children and Their Families

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA - May 27, 2010

The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program, administered through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), funds systems of care, a community-based service delivery model that promotes positive mental health outcomes for children and their families. A new brief from SAMHSA discusses recent data showing that behavioral and emotional problems decreased among 31% of young children under the age of 8 with mental health challenges within the first 6 months of entering systems of care. Caregivers' levels of strain also improved within 6 months of services. Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children and Their Families is available online at http://www.samhsa.gov/children/docs/MH_Needs_Children_Families.pdf

5. Adding High-Quality Pre-K to State School Funding Formulas

Source: Pre-K Now and the Education Law Center - May 27, 2010

Pre-K Now, in collaboration with the Education Law Center, has published a new report entitled Formula for Success: Adding High-Quality Pre-K to State School Funding Formulas (May 2010). The report discusses the benefits and challenges of embedding pre-k into states' school funding formulas, looks at different models for doing so, and provides recommendations. It is available online at http://www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_report_detail.aspx?id=59151

6. Working Together: Building Improved Communication

Source: National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education - June 2, 2010

CADRE, the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education, has recently developed a collection of online resources designed to support effective collaboration between parents, schools, and early childhood programs. Working Together: Building Improved Communication includes short videos, a study guide, resources on Listening Skills and Understanding Positions & Interests and a module entitled The Tale of Two Conversations, which was developed in collaboration with the Office for Dispute Resolution in Pennsylvania. To access the collection, go to http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/modulemap.cfm

7. Grant Notice - Early Learning Mentor Coaches

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start - June 3, 2010

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start recently announced the availability of grants under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5). Approximately 25 million dollars for a project period of 18 months is to be competitively awarded to current Head Start and Early Head Start agencies for Early Learning Resource Coaches, who will provide on-the-job guidance, technical assistance and training to teachers, home visitors and family child care providers who work in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Up to 125 grants will be awarded. Applications are due by 07/19/2010. To learn more, go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=54872