October 28, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. Policy Letters from the Office of Special Education Programs - 1st Quarter 2011
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - Retrieved October 28, 2011
  2. Pediatric Medical Homes: Laying the Foundation of a Promising Model of Care
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved October 27, 2011
  3. Webcast: What's Missing in Child Care and Early Education in America?
      Source: New America Foundation, Early Education Initiative - October 25, 2011
  4. ZERO TO THREE Releases Application for State Policy Action Team Meeting
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - October 24, 2011
  5. Learning to Read: A Guide to Federal Funding for Grade-Level Reading Proficiency
      Source: The Finance Project - Retrieved October 28, 2011
  6. Research Findings - Preschoolers' Classmates Influence Their Language Skills
      Source: e! Science News - October 26, 2011
  7. Tots 'n Tech October 2011 Newsletter: Smart Tables
      Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute - Retrieved October 28, 2011
  8. New CELLcasts from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - October 25, 2011

1. Policy Letters from the Office of Special Education Programs - 1st Quarter 2011

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - Retrieved October 28, 2011

Policy letters of clarification related to the education of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) dated January 1, 2011 through March 31, 2011 are now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2011-1/index.html

On October 24, 2011, the Federal Register published a list of these letters with summaries included - see http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-24/html/2011-27453.htm

A subset of OSEP policy letters that specifically address Part C and Section 619 of the IDEA can be accessed via the NECTAC Web site at http://www.nectac.org/idea/clarfctnltrs.asp

2. Pediatric Medical Homes: Laying the Foundation of a Promising Model of Care

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved October 27, 2011

Project Thrive at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new report that discusses the current status of the medical home concept, the number and characteristics of children served by medical homes, and opportunities to further leverage medical homes to achieve better health outcomes for young children, with a particular focus on the coordination of care for vulnerable children. Pediatric Medical Homes: Laying the Foundation of a Promising Model of Care (October 2011), by Andrea Bachrach, Elizabeth A. Isakson, David Seith, and Christel Brellochs, is available online at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_1041.html

3. Webcast: What's Missing in Child Care and Early Education in America?

Source: New America Foundation, Early Education Initiative - October 25, 2011

Last week, the New America Foundation hosted an event called What's Missing in Child Care and Early Education in America? A Webcast of the event, featuring the following speakers, is now available online at http://newamerica.net/events/2011/child_care

  • Joan Lombardi - Former Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Barbara Gault - Executive Director and Vice President, Institute for Women's Policy Research
  • Eric Karolak - Executive Director, Early Care and Education Consortium
  • Danielle Ewen - Director of Child Care and Early Education, CLASP

4. ZERO TO THREE Releases Application for State Policy Action Team Meeting

Source: ZERO TO THREE - October 24, 2011

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center, supported by the Birth to Five Policy Alliance, is soliciting applications for participation in a state policy action team meeting designed to support states and territories with the intentional integration of quality home visiting services in their early childhood systems. Five states/territories will be selected to send teams of 4-5 people to attend the meeting, which will be held in April or May 2012. Interested states and territories must submit a single application by November 22, 2011. For more information about the meeting and the application process download the request for applications at http://main.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/RFA.pdf?docID=12801&JServSessionIda004=dk7xejcyn1.app212c

5. Learning to Read: A Guide to Federal Funding for Grade-Level Reading Proficiency

Source: The Finance Project - Retrieved October 28, 2011

The Finance Project has developed a comprehensive guide to federal funding that can support programs to promote grade-level reading proficiency. Learning to Read: A Guide to Federal Funding for Grade-Level Reading Proficiency (2011) provides information on 103 federal sources that can help fund investments in early literacy programs and address the root causes of children failing to learn to read. It is available online at http://www.financeproject.org/publications/GLR_Guide.pdf

6. Research Findings - Preschoolers' Classmates Influence Their Language Skills

Source: e! Science News - October 26, 2011

A recent article in e! Science News (10/26/11) discusses findings from a new study, which suggest that preschool students affect one another's language development and relatively less-skilled students seem to be more affected than highly skilled students. The authors question the practice seen in many publicly-funded programs of placing disadvantaged children with relatively low skill levels with similarly performing peers. To learn more, go to http://esciencenews.com/articles/2011/10/26/preschoolers.classmates.influence.their.language.skills

7. Tots 'n Tech October 2011 Newsletter: Smart Tables

Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute - Retrieved October 28, 2011

The Tots 'n Tech Research Institute's October 2011 newsletter is now available online. It contains information about the SMART Table, which is an extension of the SMART Board. The SMART Table allows children to work together on one surface and it was designed specifically to promote collaboration, discussion, and social relationships. This issue and previous issues of the Tots 'n Tech newsletter are available online at http://tnt.asu.edu/home/news

8. New CELLcasts from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - October 25, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) recently released three new CELLcasts. CELLcasts are audio/video versions of CELL practice guides which are available to view online or download. Infant Finger Drawing includes ideas for parents to help develop their infant's pre-writing skills through finger painting and drawing. I Wanna Be a Storyteller includes many ideas for encouraging toddlers to tell their favorite stories. Adventure in a Box encourages parents to create a shoebox full of crayons, markers, pencils, and paper for many writing opportunities. The CELLcasts are available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ta_cellcasts1.php

CELL is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Research to Practice Division and is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute.