September 17, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Policy Letters from the Office of Special Education Programs - 1st Quarter 2010
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - September 16, 2010
  2. Online Manual - How to Develop a Statewide System to Link Families with Community Resources
      Source: Commonwealth Fund - September 14, 2010
  3. Updated State Profiles from the Improving the Odds for Young Children Project
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - September 14, 2010
  4. Generalized Technical Assistance Web Page from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - September 14, 2010
  5. Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children in the Child Welfare System
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved September 17, 2010
  6. New Data Shows More Children Living in Poverty
      Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Urban Institute and CLASP - September 16, 2010
  7. DEC Comments on the Proposed Priorities of IES and Proposed Priorities for Discretionary Grant Programs
      Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood - September 7,2010

1. Policy Letters from the Office of Special Education Programs - 1st Quarter 2010

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - September 16, 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 January 1, 2010 through March 31, 2010 are now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2010-1/index.html . On September 14, 2010, the Federal Register published a list of these letters with summaries included - see http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-22882.pdf

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

2. Online Manual - How to Develop a Statewide System to Link Families with Community Resources

Source: Commonwealth Fund - September 14, 2010

The Commonwealth Fund has released a new online manual, How to Develop a Statewide System to Link Families with Community Resources (2010), which offers guidance for exploring, creating, and/or enhancing an easily accessible system for connecting children with or at risk for developmental or behavioral problems with community resources. The material is based on Connecticut's Help Me Grow initiative. To learn more, go to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/View-All.aspx?publicationtype=Fund+Manual

3. Updated State Profiles from the Improving the Odds for Young Children Project

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - September 14, 2010

The Improving the Odds for Young Children project at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) provides a regularly updated, state-by-state picture of the policy choices that states make across a range of policies and programs that have potential to support the well-being and healthy development of young children. For each state, a printable profile shows the state's policy choices related to health, early care and learning, and supports for parenting and family economic well-being. Recently updated State profiles are now available at http://nccp.org/projects/improvingtheodds_stateprofiles.html

4. Generalized Technical Assistance Web Page from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - September 14, 2010

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has created a Generalized Technical Assistance (TA) web page, which includes a variety of different methods, materials, and practices that can be used to provide training on early literacy learning and development. The General TA web page includes power points, videos, CELLcasts, and child interest tools developed by CELL staff. TA providers can adopt or modify these materials to promote use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices by practitioners and parents. To learn more, go to http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ta_pract_main.php

CELL is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Research to Practice Division and is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute.

5. Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children in the Child Welfare System

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved September 17, 2010

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new paper entitled Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children in the Child Welfare System: What Every Policymaker Should Know (2010), by Janice L. Cooper, Patti Banghart, and Yumiko Aratani. The brief explores what is currently known about the prevalence of young children (ages birth to 5) in the child welfare system, how maltreatment or neglect affects their development, and the services currently offered versus needed for these children. To learn more, go to http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_968.html

6. New Data Shows More Children Living in Poverty

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Urban Institute and CLASP - September 16, 2010

On September 16, 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau released Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009, which shows that the child poverty rate increased from 19 percent to almost 21 in 2009 and suggesting that more babies than ever before were born into poor families. The number and percentage of children living in deep poverty also increased. Research links poverty with a number of negative outcomes for children, including lower academic achievement, higher school drop-out rates, and increased health, behavioral, and emotional problems. The report is available at http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/incpovhlth/2009/index.html

See also, related commentary from the Urban Institute and that Center of Law and Social Policy (CLASP):

7. DEC Comments on the Proposed Priorities of IES and Proposed Priorities for Discretionary Grant Programs

Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood - September 7,2010

The Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Early Childhood (DEC) recently submitted the following comments to the U.S. Department of Education: