July 23, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. ED Launches Early Learning Initiative Web Page
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - July 16, 2010
  2. Deputy Assistant Secretary of OSERS and Director of OSEP Named
      Source: Council for Exceptional Children's Policy Insider - July 21, 2010
  3. Early Learning Left Out: Building an Early Learning Childhood System to Secure America's Future
      Source: Child and Family Policy Center and Voices for America's Children - Retrieved July 23, 2010
  4. State Case Studies of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems: Strategies for Change
      Source: Commonwealth Fund - July 16, 2010
  5. Fact Sheet - Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Inclusion of Infant/Toddler Quality Indicators
      Source: National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative - July 23, 2010

1. ED Launches Early Learning Initiative Web Page

Source: U.S. Department of Education - July 16, 2010

On July 16, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) launched a new Early Learning Initiative Web page that provides information about:

  • key programs, funding opportunities, resources and publications, technical assistance, and interagency work
  • early learning in the Administration's proposal for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
  • investments in early learning across Departments

The page includes presentation materials, a webinar, blog posts, and public comments from the Listening and Learning about Early Learning tour. To learn more, go to http://www.ed.gov/early-learning

2. Deputy Assistant Secretary of OSERS and Director of OSEP Named

Source: Council for Exceptional Children's Policy Insider - July 21, 2010

On July 21, 2010, Alexa Posny, the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS), announced that the Department of Education has filled two important positions in special education. Sue Swenson will be the new Deputy Assistant Secretary of OSERS and Melody Musgrove will be the new Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). To learn more, go to http://cecblog.typepad.com/policy/2010/07/deputy-assistant-secretary-of-osers-and-head-of-osep-named.html

3. Early Learning Left Out: Building an Early Learning Childhood System to Secure America's Future

Source: Child and Family Policy Center and Voices for America's Children - Retrieved July 23, 2010

The Child and Family Policy Center and Voices for America's Children recently released Early Learning Left Out: Building an Early Learning Childhood System to Secure America's Future, 3rd Edition (June 2010), which compares public investments for children aged birth through 5 to investments for school-age children. The report finds that for every dollar spent on a school-age child, only about 25 cents are spent on a preschool-age child and only about 6.4 cents are spent on infants and toddlers. To learn more, go to http://www.cfpciowa.org/uploaded/Issues/School%20Readiness/Early%20Learning%20Left%20Out2.pdf

4. State Case Studies of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems: Strategies for Change

Source: Commonwealth Fund - July 16, 2010

A new report from the Commonwealth Fund looks at mental health systems of care for children aged birth to age 5 in four states: CO, IN, MA and RI. The study provides state profiles, examples of major initiatives, and descriptions of exemplary practices that illustrate ways in which states can improve services and policies. It concludes by underscoring the value of developing a national vision of infant and early childhood mental health systems of care, in which child and family needs are identified and treated as early as possible. To learn more, go to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/Fund%20Report/2010/Jul/1427_Lyman_state_case_studies_child_mental_hlt.pdf

5. Fact Sheet - Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Inclusion of Infant/Toddler Quality Indicators

Source: National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative - July 23, 2010

The National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative recently reviewed 22 Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and published a fact sheet that highlights QRIS that include specific infant/toddler (I/T) quality indicators. To learn more, see Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Inclusion of Infant/Toddler Quality Indicators online at http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/state-community-policy/nitcci/qris-state-breakdown-of-infant-toddler-quality-indicators.pdf