October 7, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. Request for Comments on Proposed Changes to the IDEA Regulations
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - September 28, 2011
  2. Part C Implementation: State Challenges and Responses - Survey Results Published
      Source: IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association - October 7, 2011
  3. DEC Seeks Public Input on Health, Safety and Well-Being Position Statement
      Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood - October 7, 2011
  4. New Video - Child Outcomes Step by Step
      Source: Early Childhood Outcomes Center - Retrieved October 7, 2011
  5. Recently Released - National Assessment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
      Source: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance - Retrieved October 7, 2011
  6. Four New National Child Care Technical Assistance Centers Named
      Source: Office of Child Care - September 30, 2011
  7. Resources Related to Evaluating Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Available
      Source: Quality Rating Systems (QRS) Assessment Project - Retrieved October 3, 2011
  8. Reading Rockets Launches New Literacy in the Sciences Series
      Source: Reading Rockets - September 29, 2011
  9. Pre-K Now's Final Report - Transforming Public Education: Pathway to a Pre-K-12 Future
      Source: Pew Center on the States - Retrieved October 3, 2011

1. Request for Comments on Proposed Changes to the IDEA Regulations

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.

2. Part C Implementation: State Challenges and Responses - Survey Results Published

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

3. DEC Seeks Public Input on Health, Safety and Well-Being Position Statement

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 dec@dec-sped.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

4. New Video - Child Outcomes Step by Step

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.

5. Recently Released - National Assessment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

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:

  • Providing Services to Young Children
  • Identification of Students Needing Special Education
  • Efforts to Promote Positive Educational Outcomes for Children and Youth with Disabilities
  • Promoting Parent Participation
  • Implementing Dispute Resolution Procedures

It is available online at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20114026/index.asp

6. Four New National Child Care Technical Assistance Centers Named

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:

  • The National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement, contract award to ICF International, Inc., in partnership with the BUILD Initiative.
  • The National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiatives, jointly funded by the Office of Head Start and awarded to Zero to Three, in partnership with Child Trends, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Alliance Registry.
  • The National Center on Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability, contract award to Walter R. McDonald and Associates, Inc.
  • The National Center on Tribal Child Care Implementation and Innovation, contract award to the Community Development Institute.

To see the news release and to learn more about these new TA centers, go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/press/occ-national-centers-9-30-2011

7. Resources Related to Evaluating Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Available

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:

  • The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Evaluation Toolkit (2011)
  • Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Approaches to Integrating Programs for Young Children in Two States (2011)
  • Defining and Measuring Quality: An In-Depth Study of Five Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (2011)
  • Measuring Quality Across Three Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Findings from Secondary Analyses (2011)

These can all be accessed online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/research/project/quality-rating-systems-qrs-assessment-project-2008-2011

8. Reading Rockets Launches New Literacy in the Sciences Series

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.

9. Pre-K Now's Final Report - Transforming Public Education: Pathway to a Pre-K-12 Future

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