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Source: U.S. Department of Education - September 28, 2011
On September 28, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education published a request for comments in the Federal Register on proposed changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations, which were finalized in 2006. The proposed changes would require public agencies to inform parents of all of the protections regarding access to public benefits or insurance, including their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and IDEA confidentiality provisions. Additionally, the changes would address the administrative cost and burden on state and local education agencies for obtaining parental consent to access public benefits or insurance, in addition to the parental consent requirements of FERPA.
Comments must be received by the December 12, 2011. For additional information and to read the full notice of proposed rulemaking, go to http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-28/html/2011-22784.htm.
Source: IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association - October 7, 2011
The IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA) has published the results of its 2011 Tipping Points Survey, which is used to help track emerging issues and state responses related to eligibility, finance and state decisions regarding continued participation in the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C of IDEA). Fifty states and three jurisdictions completed the survey. ITCA draws no conclusions from the data analysis and all information is aggregated, to ensure that the individual state responses are confidential. The report is available online at http://www.ideainfanttoddler.org/pdf/2011_State_Challenges.pdf
Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood - October 7, 2011
The Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is seeking input from the field on a new position statement, Promoting the Health, Safety and Well-Being of Young Children with Disabilities or Developmental Delays. The field review period will end on October 21, 2011. Written comments can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 406-543-0887. It is available for reviewing at http://www.dec-sped.org/uploads/docs/What's%20New/Promotion_Paper_in_Review_Format.pdf
Source: Early Childhood Outcomes Center - Retrieved October 7, 2011
A new video illustrating the three child outcomes adopted by the U. S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and reported on by all states as part of their Annual Performance Report is now freely available for downloading or viewing online. Child Outcomes Step by Step can be used for professional development, orienting families, or introducing the outcomes to policymakers, funders and others in the community. To learn more, go to http://ectacenter.org/eco/pages/videos.asp
The video is a collaborative effort of Results Matter, Colorado Department of Education, the Desired Results access Project, Napa County Office of Education, funded by the California Department of Education, Special Education Division, and the Early Childhood Outcomes Center, funded by OSEP.
Source: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance - Retrieved October 7, 2011
The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, a program of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, recently published a report entitled National Assessment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (2011). The report discusses the effectiveness of the IDEA in achieving its purposes in several key areas, including:
It is available online at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20114026/index.asp
Source: Office of Child Care - September 30, 2011
On September 30, 2011, the Office of Child Care (OCC), Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced four new national centers that will provide child care technical assistance to states, territories and tribes. The Child Care Technical Assistance Network redesign is aimed at furthering OCC's goal to ensure that all children have access to high-quality child care. The new OCC technical assistance centers include:
Source: Quality Rating Systems (QRS) Assessment Project - Retrieved October 3, 2011
The Quality Rating Systems (QRS) Assessment Project at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), has published a number of new resources regarding the evaluation of child care quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs), including:
These can all be accessed online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/research/project/quality-rating-systems-qrs-assessment-project-2008-2011
Source: Reading Rockets - September 29, 2011
Reading Rockets has launched a new Literacy in the Sciences series, which includes parent tip sheets in English and Spanish, as well as other resources to help parents teach young children skills such as: predicting, understanding cause and effect, understanding sequence, acquiring a rich vocabulary, building background knowledge, and developing the ability to read and write informational text. To learn more, go to http://www.readingrockets.org/extras/stem_series/
Reading Rockets is an education initiative of WETA, a public television and radio station in the nation's capital. It is funded by a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
Source: Pew Center on the States - Retrieved October 3, 2011
The Pew Center on the States has released the final report of its 10-year Pre-K Now campaign, describing a strategy to move from our present K-12 model of education to a more evidence-based Pre-K-12 model that takes into account the important learning that takes place during children's earliest years. The authors recommend that teachers at every grade level embrace principles of early education and attend to children's social/emotional development as well as their cognitive skills. To see the full report, go to http://www.pewstates.org/research/reports/transforming-public-education-85899376968