May 20, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. Updated FY 2011 Funding Tables from the U.S. Dept. of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - May 16, 2011
  2. Part C Eligibility Considerations for Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
      Source: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management and the IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association - Retrieved May 17, 2011
  3. Revised Position Statement on Technology and Young Children - Invitation to Comment
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children and Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media - Retrieved May 19, 2011
  4. Ideas for Using the iPad with Young Children with Disabilities
      Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute - Retrieved May 19, 2011
  5. Grant Notice: State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG) Program
      Source: U.S. Education Department - May 20, 2011
  6. Research on the LEAP Model of Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
      Source: Institute of Education Sciences - May 18, 2011

1. Updated FY 2011 Funding Tables from the U.S. Dept. of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - May 16, 2011

On May 16, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education updated its funding tables, showing the final appropriations for FY 2011. A table showing the FY 2011 initial appropriation, the 0.2 percent across-the-board rescission for FY 2011, and the final 2011 amounts is available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget11/11action.pdf (see page 8). Overall, IDEA funding was reduced by $44 million, including:

A table showing the change between the FY 2010 and FY 2011 is available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget11/compare11action.pdf (see page 8). To learn more, go to http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/news.html

2. Part C Eligibility Considerations for Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Source: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management and the IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association - Retrieved May 17, 2011

A new document, Part C Eligibility Considerations for Infants and Toddlers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (2011), is now available from the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) and the IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA). The purpose of this document is to provide information that will assist people responsible for state Part C systems in:

  • Making informed evidence-based decisions as they develop or review eligibility criteria related to infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Determining the appropriate personnel to participate in eligibility determination and the development of an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to address service needs of the child and family.
  • Providing resource information to families of children who do not meet the eligibility criteria established by the state's Part C program.

It is available at http://www.infanthearing.org/earlyintervention/part_c_eligibility.pdf

3. Revised Position Statement on Technology and Young Children - Invitation to Comment

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children and Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media - Retrieved May 19, 2011

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media (Fred Rogers Center) are inviting comments on their draft revision of a 1996 NAEYC position statement on technology and young children. The purpose of the new position statement, Technology in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8, is to provide a framework to guide practice in the selection, use, integration, and evaluation of technology tools and screen media in early childhood settings. Comments must be received by May 31, 2011. [Update: As of January 2012, the final position is now available at http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/PS_technology_WEB2.pdf]

4. Ideas for Using the iPad with Young Children with Disabilities

Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute - Retrieved May 19, 2011

The Tots 'n Tech Research Institute's April 2011 newsletter is now available online. It contains information about iPads and how they can be used with young children with disabilities. To access the newsletter, go to http://tnt.asu.edu/home/news

5. Grant Notice: State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG) Program

Source: U.S. Education Department - May 20, 2011

On May 20, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education published the following grant Notice in the Federal Register: State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG) Program - (CFDA) Number: 84.323A. The purpose of this program, authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is to assist State Educational Agencies (SEAs) in reforming and improving their systems for personnel preparation and professional development in early intervention, educational, and transition services in order to improve results for children with disabilities. Applications must be received by July 5, 2011. To learn more, got o https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/05/20/2011-12471/applications-for-new-awards-state-personnel-development-grants-spdg-program

6. Research on the LEAP Model of Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: Institute of Education Sciences - May 18, 2011

The May 2011 newsletter from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) highlights new research findings on the LEAP model of early intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorders. With funding from the National Center for Special Education Research, the developers of LEAP implemented a new experimental evaluation comparing full implementation to a reduced model based only on access to materials. They found that providing preschool teachers with LEAP training and mentoring resulted in greater fidelity of implementation and more positive child outcomes when compared to teachers who were only given the training manuals and materials. To read the full article, go to http://ies.ed.gov/whatsnew/newsletters/?index=roundncser