March 9, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. President's FY12 Budget Request - Investing in Early Learning
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - Retrieved March 10, 2011
  2. Podcast: Making Sense of the Federal Budget Process
      Source: New America Foundation, Early Education Initiative - March 8, 2011
  3. Resources on Stress and Relaxation for Early Childhood Providers and Parents
      Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - Retrieved March 10, 2011
  4. Grant Notice - Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children With Disabilities
      Source: U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - March 7, 2011
  5. Interactive Online Mini-posters (CELLpops) from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - March 9, 2011
  6. Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Special Education Personnel: Approaches from Eight State Education Agencies
      Source: Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education - Retrieved March 10, 2011

1. President's FY12 Budget Request - Investing in Early Learning

Source: U.S. Department of Education - Retrieved March 10, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education has released a document, entitled Investing in Early Learning (February 2011), which describes a number of major investments in the President's FY12 Budget request that will fund grants to improve the quality of and access to early learning programs and services across all settings, especially for high-need children. It is available online at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget12/crosscuttingissues/earlylearning.pdf

2. Podcast: Making Sense of the Federal Budget Process

Source: New America Foundation, Early Education Initiative - March 8, 2011

The New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative has released a new podcast, Making Sense of the Federal Budget Process, which is meant to explain the federal budget and clarify the progress that Congress is making with the budget for fiscal year 2011 that will fund programs in early education and other areas. To listen to the podcast, go to http://earlyed.newamerica.net/blogposts/2011/podcast_making_sense_of_the_federal_budget_process-46127

3. Resources on Stress and Relaxation for Early Childhood Providers and Parents

Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - Retrieved March 10, 2011

Stress can take a toll on the health and effectiveness of early childhood providers and parents. Stress can also impact the quality of care young children receive. When caregivers are too stressed, it is difficult for them to offer the praise, nurture and structure that children need. To help address this issue, the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC) has released a collection of resources related to stress and relaxation. It is available online at http://www.ecmhc.org/relaxation.html

4. Grant Notice - Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children With Disabilities

Source: U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - March 7, 2011

On March 7, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) published a notice inviting applications for FY 2011 for the following competition: Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities - Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children With Disabilities. Complete information is available in the Federal Register notice at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2011-1/030711b.html

5. Interactive Online Mini-posters (CELLpops) from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - March 9, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) recently released a new product called CELLpops. These are interactive web versions of CELL mini-posters that parents can use in their homes. Two CELLpops are available this week. Meals and Snacks and Bath Time Fun provide parents with fun and simple ways to incorporate literacy learning opportunities into routine meal times and bath time. The CELLpops and CELL mini posters are available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ta_cell_pop1.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.

6. Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Special Education Personnel: Approaches from Eight State Education Agencies

Source: Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education - Retrieved March 10, 2011

Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) recently published a policy analysis, Special Education Personnel: Approaches from Eight State Education Agencies (2011), which presents information on eight states' infrastructures and activities intended to address personnel shortages in the area of special education and related services. State level infrastructures, recruitment to the field, recruitment to specific jobs, retention, barriers and recommendations are discussed. It is available online at http://projectforum.org/docs/RecruitingandRetainingSpEdPersonnel-ApproachesfromEightSEAs.pdf