July 10, 2003

In this Issue:

  1. State-Supported Prekindergarten Programs in SREB States: Growing Even in Hard Times
      Source: www.sreb.org/ - Retrieved July 2, 2003
  2. Strategic Education Research Partnership
      Source: What's New @ national-academies.org - July 3, 2003
  3. Foundations For Learning Grants: Notice Inviting Applications
      Source: Federal Register: June 26, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 123)
  4. Special Education: Technical Assistance & Dissemination To Improve Services & Results for Children With Disabilities, Projects for Children & Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind: Notice Inviting Applications
      Source: Federal Register: July 3, 2003 [CFDA# 84.326C]
  5. Alaska Native Education Program: Notice Inviting Applications
      Source: Federal Register: July 7, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 129)
  6. Native Hawaiian Education Program: Notice Inviting Applications
      Source: Federal Register: July 7, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 129)

1. State-Supported Prekindergarten Programs in SREB States: Growing Even in Hard Times

Source: www.sreb.org/ - Retrieved July 2, 2003

This report profiles state-funded prekindergarten programs in the SREB (Southern Regional Education Board) states and includes information on program characteristics, 2002-2003 enrollments and funding, and recent or anticipated changes in program operations. Numbers of 4-year-old children served by state pre-K programs and Head Start are compared with estimated numbers of 4-year-olds living in poverty to measure how states are doing in providing high-quality pre-K opportunities to at-risk children, as called for in the SREB Goals for Education. The report finds that 12 SREB states are serving at least as many at-risk children as there are children in poverty, and two other states are very close to meeting that goal. To access the full report go to: http://www.sreb.org/programs/srr/pubs/State_Prekindergarten.pdf

2. Strategic Education Research Partnership

Source: What's New @ national-academies.org - July 3, 2003

The following title from the National Academies Press catalog and backlist is now available online: Strategic Education Research Partnership. An exerpt from the press release reads: "Federal agencies and private foundations have long supported education-research programs that are designed to improve schools and raise academic achievement. In many cases, such efforts have born fruit. Still, research has not penetrated classroom practice deeply enough to significantly affect student learning. A bold new R&D system is needed to encourage scientists and educators to work together and gain insights from one another, closely linking education research to the schoolhouse, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council. The committee that wrote the report proposed the creation of a "Strategic Education Research Partnership" (SERP) that would marshal scientific knowledge, financial resources, and the expertise of teachers to considerably boost student achievement."

To read the full report go to: http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=0309088798

3. Foundations For Learning Grants: Notice Inviting Applications

Source: Federal Register: June 26, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 123)

Purpose of program: This program supports projects to help eligible children become ready for school ... To be eligible for funding, a project must propose to:

(1) Deliver services to eligible children and their families that foster eligible children's emotional, behavioral, and social development;
(2) Coordinate and facilitate access by eligible children and their families to the services available through community resources, including mental health, physical health, substance abuse, educational, domestic violence prevention, child welfare, and social services; and
(3) Develop or enhance early childhood community partnerships and build toward a community system of care that brings together child- serving agencies or organizations to provide individualized supports for eligible children and their families.

Applications available: June 26, 2003. Deadline for transmittal of applications: July 30, 2003. For complete information go to: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2003-2/062603b.html

4. Special Education: Technical Assistance & Dissemination To Improve Services & Results for Children With Disabilities, Projects for Children & Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind: Notice Inviting Applications

Source: Federal Register: July 3, 2003 [CFDA# 84.326C]

Purpose of Program: This program provides technical assistance & information that (1) support States & local entities in building capacity to improve early intervention, educational, & transitional services & results for children with disabilities & their families; & (2) address goals & priorities for changing State systems that provide early intervention, educational, & transitional services for children with disabilities & their families...

Priority: This priority supports projects to build the capacity of State and local agencies, parents, and professionals to improve outcomes for children and young adults who are deaf-blind, and their families, by providing technical assistance, information, and training on early intervention, special education, related services, and transitional services...

Applications Available: July 7, 2003.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 6, 2003. For complete information go to: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2003-3/070303a.html

5. Alaska Native Education Program: Notice Inviting Applications

Source: Federal Register: July 7, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 129)

Purpose of Program: To develop and support supplemental educational programs to benefit Alaska Natives. Some of the permissible activities of interest include:

  • the development and operation of home instruction programs for Alaska Native preschool children, to ensure the active involvement of parents in their children's education from the earliest ages
  • parenting education for parents and caregivers of Alaska Native children to improve parenting and caregiving skills (including skills relating to discipline and cognitive development), including parenting education provided through in-home visitation of new mothers
  • activities carried out through Even Start programs under subpart 3 of part B of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, and Head Start programs under the Head Start Act, including the training of teachers for the Even Start and Head Start programs
  • other early learning and preschool programs

Applications Available: July 7, 2003.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 6, 2003
For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2003-3/070703d.html

6. Native Hawaiian Education Program: Notice Inviting Applications

Source: Federal Register: July 7, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 129)

http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2003-3/070703e.html

Purpose of the Program: The purpose of the Native Hawaiian Education program, authorized under Part B of Title VII of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Pub. L. 107-110, is to support innovative projects that provide supplemental services that address the educational needs of Native Hawaiian children & adults. Some of the absolute priorities of interest include:

  • Absolute Priority 1--Family-Based Education Centers--The applicant will use the funds received under this competition to support the operation of a family-based education center that provides such services as-- (a) Programs for Native Hawaiian parents and their infants from the prenatal period of the infants through age three; (b) Preschool programs for Native Hawaiians; and (c) Research on, and development and assessment of, family-based, early childhood, and preschool programs for Native Hawaiians.
  • Absolute Priority 5--Early Childhood Education--The applicant will use the funds received under this competition for the development and maintenance of a Native Hawaiian early education and care system to provide a continuum of services for Native Hawaiian children from the prenatal period of the children through age five.

Applications Available: July 7, 2003. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 6, 2003. For complete information go to: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2003-3/070703e.html