October 21, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. 35 States, D.C. and Puerto Rico Submit Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant Applications
      Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - October 20, 2011
  2. Side-by-Side Comparisons of the 2011 Final Part C Regulations to the 1999 Regulations
      Source: Council for Exceptional Children, its Division for Early Childhood, and the Infant Toddler Coordinators Association - October 17, 2011
  3. Celebrating 25 Years of IDEA’s Early Childhood Programs
      Source: Council for Exceptional Children and its Division for Early Childhood - Retrieved October 14, 2011
  4. Proposed Changes to the Part B SPP/APR - Invitation to Comment
      Source: Department of Education - October 17, 2011
  5. New Recommendations Related to Early Childhood Issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - October 17, 2011
  6. "Tele-Intervention" - Bringing Specialized Services to Families of Young Children with Hearing Loss
      Source: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management - Retrieved October 17, 2011
  7. Grant Invitation - Improving Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
      Source: QRIS National Learning Network and the BUILD Initiative - October 17, 2011
  8. Recently Updated - Early Childhood State Policy Profiles
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved October 18, 2011

1. 35 States, D.C. and Puerto Rico Submit Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant Applications

Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - October 20, 2011

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced today that 35 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, have submitted applications for the Early Learning Challenge Race to the Top grant program. The applications will undergo peer review by early childhood experts from across the country and in December, the Departments will award the highest ranked applicants within funding availability. Awards will range from around $50 million up to $100 million, depending on a state's population of children from low-income families and proposed plan. To read the press release, go to http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/35-states-dc-and-puerto-rico-submit-applications-race-top-early-learning-challen

2. Side-by-Side Comparisons of the 2011 Final Part C Regulations to the 1999 Regulations

Source: Council for Exceptional Children, its Division for Early Childhood, and the Infant Toddler Coordinators Association - October 17, 2011

To help special educators and early interventionists understand and implement the recently released and updated IDEA Part C regulations, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), its Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the IDEA Infant Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA) have released a side-by-side comparison of the 2011 final Part C regulations, published on Sept. 28, 2011, to the 1999 Part C regulations. It is available for downloading in its entirety or by subparts at http://dec-sped.org/PolicyAdvocacy/IDEA_Part_C_Changes

ITCA is also developing topical side-by-side charts comparing the 2011 final Part C regulations with the 1999 regulations by topic. These side-by-sides are being published online as they become available at http://www.ideainfanttoddler.org/regulations.htm

3. Celebrating 25 Years of IDEA’s Early Childhood Programs

Source: Council for Exceptional Children and its Division for Early Childhood - Retrieved October 14, 2011

During the month of October 2011, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the IDEA Infants and Toddlers (Part C) and Preschool (Part B, Sec. 619) Programs for children with disabilities. A related Web page includes:

  • An official statement from CEC and its Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
  • A side-by-side comparison of the IDEA Part C Regulations - Then and Now
  • Stories of young children whose lives have been touched by IDEA Parts C and B, Sec. 619
  • A place to share your own story
  • And other resources

It is available at http://www.cec.sped.org/Content/NavigationMenu/PolicyAdvocacy/IDEAResources/Celebrating_25_Years_of_Early_Childhood_Programs/default.htm

4. Proposed Changes to the Part B SPP/APR - Invitation to Comment

Source: Department of Education - October 17, 2011

On October 17, 2011, the Department of Education published an invitation to comment on proposed changes to the IDEA Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR). Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 16, 2011. To see the Federal Register notice, go to https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/10/17/2011-26814/notice-of-proposed-information-collection-requests

Copies of the proposed information collection request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the "Browse Pending Collections" link and by clicking on link number 4736. When you access the information collection, click on "Download Attachments" to view.

5. New Recommendations Related to Early Childhood Issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - October 17, 2011

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently published several new guidelines of interest to the early childhood community, including:

  • Media Use by Children Younger Than Two Years (October 2011) - Provides updated research findings regarding media use in infants and children younger than 2 years of age and reinforces the AAP's 1999 recommendations discouraging media use for this age group. Suggestions for better ways to help children learn at this critical age are included. Go to http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/10/12/peds.2011-1753
  • ADHD: Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children and Adolescents (October 2011) - Offers new information on diagnosing and treating ADHD in younger children than previous AAP guidelines, including special considerations involved in diagnosing and treating preschool children. Interventions to help children with hyperactive/impulsive behaviors that do not meet the full diagnostic criteria for ADHD are also included. Go to http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/10/14/peds.2011-2654
  • SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment (October 2011) - Expands on the AAP's earlier recommendations for reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) to include more broad recommendations on a safe sleep environment that can reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths. Go to http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/10/12/peds.2011-2284

6. "Tele-Intervention" - Bringing Specialized Services to Families of Young Children with Hearing Loss

Source: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management - Retrieved October 17, 2011

Tele-intervention (TI) is a growing method for bringing specialized services to families of young children with hearing loss. The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) has recently released a new Tele-Intervention Resource Guide (October 2011), which reflects the pioneer efforts of six EI programs from across the country. It highlights recommended practices for conducting TI sessions and includes information about technology considerations, licensure and reimbursement, and how to ensure privacy and security. Information about a learning community of TI providers is also provided. To learn more, go to http://www.infanthearing.org/ti-guide/

7. Grant Invitation - Improving Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

Source: QRIS National Learning Network and the BUILD Initiative - October 17, 2011

The QRIS National Learning Network and the BUILD Initiative invite states that have or are developing a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) to apply for a technical assistance (TA) grant that focuses on building greater cultural and linguistic competence in a QRIS. TA will be customized to participating state needs and, depending upon specific interests and needs, could potentially encompass a broad range of issues related to building greater cultural and linguistic competence in your QRIS. Applications are due October 28, 2011. To learn more and access the application, go to http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102634765558-36/TechnicalAssistanceApplicationPDFVersion.pdf

8. Recently Updated - Early Childhood State Policy Profiles

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved October 18, 2011

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) updated its Early Childhood State Policy Profiles on September 26, 2011. These profiles provide a comprehensive view of state policies that affect the well-being of young children in low-income families, including policies related to health, early care and education, and parenting and economic supports. They are a product of NCCP's Improving the Odds Project for Young Children Project. To learn more and to view the profiles, go to http://nccp.org/profiles/early_childhood.html