September 9, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. Final IDEA Part C Regulations Released
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - September 6, 2011
  2. IDEA Part B Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - September 6, 2011
  3. Facilitating Individualized Interventions to Address Challenging Behavior: Toolkit
      Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - Retrieved September 9, 2011
  4. New Report Offers Ideas to Improve the Quality of Early Childhood Education
      Source: Brookings Institute - Retrieved September 9, 2011
  5. Children Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing: State of the Educational Practices
      Source: Project Forum - September 2, 2011

1. Final IDEA Part C Regulations Released

Source: U.S. Department of Education - September 6, 2011

On September 6, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education announced the release of the final regulations for the early intervention program under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). An unofficial, prepublication copy is now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/reg/idea/part-c/index.html

Please note, this document has been delivered to the Office of the Federal Register, but has not yet been scheduled for publication. The official version is expected to be published in the Federal Register in the next few weeks. For additional information about the new Part C regulations and upcoming training opportunities, go to the IDEA Part C Web site at http://idea.ed.gov/part-c/search/new

2. IDEA Part B Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Source: U.S. Department of Education - September 6, 2011

On September 6, 2011, the Department also released a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the IDEA Part B regulations. Changes are being proposed to the regulations regarding when a State or local educational agency seeks to use a child's or parent's public benefits or insurance (e.g., Medicaid) to pay for Part B services. The Part B notice of proposed rulemaking is posted at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/reg/idea/part-b/index.html.

Please note that this document has been delivered to the Office of the Federal Register, but has not yet been scheduled for publication. The official version is expected to be published in the Federal Register on the same date as the Part C regulations.

3. Facilitating Individualized Interventions to Address Challenging Behavior: Toolkit

Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - Retrieved September 9, 2011

The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC) has published a toolkit designed to assist mental health consultants in guiding teachers, teams, and families in developing and implementing an individualized plan of support that results in a reduction of challenging behavior in young children and the promotion of communication and social skills. Facilitating Individualized Interventions to Address Challenging Behavior: Toolkit (August 2011), by Kwang-Sun Cho Blair and Lise Fox, is available online at http://www.ecmhc.org/facilitating_toolkit.html

4. New Report Offers Ideas to Improve the Quality of Early Childhood Education

Source: Brookings Institute - Retrieved September 9, 2011

The Brookings Institute's Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation recently published a new paper proposing that states create "Charter Colleges of Early Childhood Education," which are research-driven, flexible and accountable. The purpose of these colleges would be to improve the quality of early learning; help increase the supply of high-quality early childhood educators; provide educators and their families with stable, well-paying jobs; and create a new model of higher education and credentialing that can be applied to other fields as well. Beyond Bachelor's: The Case for Charter Colleges of Early Childhood Education (August 2011) can be accessed online at http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2011/08/25-education-mead-carey

5. Children Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing: State of the Educational Practices

Source: Project Forum - September 2, 2011

Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education has published a new brief policy analysis, Children Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing: State of the Educational Practices (September 2011), by Eileen Ahearn, which is based on surveys sent to directors of special education and IDEA Part C coordinators. It includes information on state screening practices, schools for the deaf, services provided, professional development, funding, changes since cochlear implants became available, and challenges. It is available online at http://projectforum.org/docs/ChildrenWhoareDeaf-HOH-StateoftheEducationalPractice.pdf