April 16, 2003

In this Issue:

  1. New Indicator on ADHD
      Source: Child Trends Databank - Aprils 15, 2003
  2. National Council on Disability Advises Policy Makers and Education Leaders on School Vouchers for Students with Disabilities
      Source: NCD News - April 15, 2003
  3. Early Care and Education Partnerships: State Actions and Local Lessons
      Source: Education Development Center (EDC) - March 2003
  4. New Spanish-language Web Site
      Source: ALLIANCE Newsletter - March 31, 2003

1. New Indicator on ADHD

Source: Child Trends Databank - Aprils 15, 2003

In 2001, one out of every eleven males ages 3 to 17 were reported to have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by a doctor or other health professional. For more information go to: http://www.childtrendsdatabank.org/indicators/76ADHD.cfm

2. National Council on Disability Advises Policy Makers and Education Leaders on School Vouchers for Students with Disabilities

Source: NCD News - April 15, 2003

The National Council on Disability (NCD) today challenged policy makers and education leaders to ensure that any development of school vouchers is based on the direct input of parents, positive results for students with disabilities, sound empirical research of its effectiveness as a policy option, and in accordance with applicable federal (and state) law and civil rights regulations...

For more information go to: http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/news/2003/r03-409.htm
NCD's paper, School Vouchers and Students with Disabilities, is available on line at http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/2003/vouchers.htm

3. Early Care and Education Partnerships: State Actions and Local Lessons

Source: Education Development Center (EDC) - March 2003

A new study of early childhood education programs across the country explores different ways states and local early education programs have used their funding and resources to improve child care services. The study, Early Care and Education Partnerships: State Actions and Local Lessons, was released in March 2003 by the Partnership Impact Research Project (PI), based at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), and is expected to help decision-makers improve programs, especially for low-income parents, who continue to have difficulty finding accessible, high-quality child care, despite increases in public funding for these services. The report, prepared for policymakers, program administrators, and early childhood professionals, was designed to provide user-friendly information that can inform the way that child care services are provided across the country.

The executive summary is available at https://secure.edc.org/publications/prodView.asp?1704 and the full report is available at https://secure.edc.org/publications/prodview.asp?1703

4. New Spanish-language Web Site

Source: ALLIANCE Newsletter - March 31, 2003

Reading Rockets is developing a new Spanish-language Web site entirely devoted to literacy. The site will be targeted to parents whose first language is Spanish and to gatekeepers who work with and provide services to ELL families. The site will be mainly in Spanish. It will feature parent tips and activities that build children's skills in the five key areas of reading -- phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. The website is http://www.colorincolorado.org, and Reading Rockets is working with Caldecott Award-winning illustrator David Diaz to design the site. The site is expected to launch this spring.

If you need information about ordering tapes, DVDs or guides of "Launching Young Readers," go to http://www.readingrockets.org. Each of the guides provides parents and teachers with friendly and sound information on helping kids learn to read at home and at school.