June 27, 2003

In this Issue:

  1. Conference Calls On the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children
      Source: Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development - June 26, 2003
  2. Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) 2003 - Notice of Solicitation.
      Source: www.fbo.gov/ - June 27, 2003
  3. How States Fund Full-Day Kindergarten
      Source: Education Commission of the States - June 23, 2003
  4. Head Start National Reporting System on Child Outcomes: Request for Comments
      Source: Federal Register: June 20, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 119)
  5. Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research (PCER) Program: Request for Comments.
      Source: Federal Register: June 20, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 119)

1. Conference Calls On the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children

Source: Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development - June 26, 2003

The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (http://gucchd.georgetown.edu/), with support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (http://www.kauffman.org/), is launching a series of 10 conference calls focusing on the social-emotional development of young children (birth through five years old). The purpose of these calls is to increase the capacity of a broad array of stakeholders involved in the care of young children to promote healthy development, identify children at risk for poor outcomes and intervene effectively with children needing specialized attention. The target audience for these calls includes early care and education providers, agency administrators, technical assistance providers and others working with young children and their families.

The calls will take place from 1:00-2:30 pm (EST) on the last wednesday of every month, beginning July 30th, 2003. Topics will include:

  • Early brain research
  • Risk and resilience
  • Curricula for promoting healthy social-emotional development
  • Infusing social-emotional development into early childhood settings
  • Screening and assessment
  • Impact of maternal depression on young children
  • Children and trauma
  • Relationship-based intervention approaches
  • And more!

National experts will serve as presenters, as will practitioners who are involved in promising practices. Presentations will highlight effective strategies for delivering family-driven, culturally appropriate services in community-based settings. Up to 200 individuals per call will be able to participate on a first-come, first-serve basis. Handouts, including Powerpoint presentations, will be provided to people who register for the calls. Please send an email to mk73@georgetown.edu (Melkisha Knight) if you want to be added to the list for the first call. Materials will be emailed to you.

2. Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) 2003 - Notice of Solicitation.

Source: www.fbo.gov/ - June 27, 2003

The Request for Proposals for the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) 2003 - ED-03-R-0018 is now available online at: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=36f4d602aaab2f4908f70dbe8f805ced&tab=core&_cview=1

3. How States Fund Full-Day Kindergarten

Source: Education Commission of the States - June 23, 2003

The Education Commission of the States (ECS) has recently posted to its Web site "How States Fund Full-Day Kindergarten." This document provides a 50-state overview of how state funding formulas address half-day kindergarten, full-day kindergarten and 1st grade, providing the first comprehensive view of how states are financially encouraging school districts to offer full-day kindergarten. The document may be found at: http://www.ecs.org/ecsmain.asp?page=/html/issue.asp?subIssueID=0%26issueID=77 (Look on the right side of the screen -- under "Highlights").

4. Head Start National Reporting System on Child Outcomes: Request for Comments

Source: Federal Register: June 20, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 119)

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting comments on plans to implement the Head Start National Reporting System on Child Outcomes. This information will be used to enhance Head Start program quality and accountability. For complete information go to: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-15658.htm

5. Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research (PCER) Program: Request for Comments.

Source: Federal Register: June 20, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 119)

The Department of Education is requesting comments on the Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research (PCER) Program. The purpose of the PCER Program is to implement rigorous evaluations of preschool curricula that will provide information to support informed choices of classroom curricula for early childhood programs. This research program supports research that will determine, through randomized experiments, whether one or more curricula produce educationally meaningful effects for children's language skill, pre-reading and pre-math abilities, general knowledge and social competence. For complete information go to: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-15601.htmm