February 1, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. Just Being Kids Video Now Available Online
      Source: Results Matter - January 28, 2013
  2. New Report Shows Decline in Early Childhood Exposure to Lead
      Source: Environmental Protection Agency - January 25, 2013
  3. Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) - Version 3 Now Available
      Source: National Center for Education Statistics - January 29, 2013
  4. New Grant Notice: Stepping-Up Technology Implementation Program for Children with Disabilities
      Source: U.S. Education Department - January 30, 2013
  5. Head Start Continues Quality Reforms with Second Group of Competitions
      Source: Office of Head Start - January 17, 2013

1. Just Being Kids Video Now Available Online

Source: Results Matter - January 28, 2013

Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, has just added a collection of six video clips that illustrate recommended practices in early intervention to the Results Matter Video Library. Just Being Kids, originally published in 2001, was developed by The ENRICH Team at JFK Partners in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Education. The six stories feature early interventionists working collaboratively with families to achieve meaningful outcomes for their children in everyday routines, activities, and places. All Results Matter videos can be viewed online and downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities.

2. New Report Shows Decline in Early Childhood Exposure to Lead

Source: Environmental Protection Agency - January 25, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an updated third edition of America's Children and the Environment (January 25, 2013). This latest report shows significant progress in reducing children's blood lead levels, with the average blood concentration of lead measured in children aged 1 to 5 years being 92% lower in 2009-2010 than in 1976-1980. Lead poisoning has been linked to developmental delays and a lower IQ. The report also presents other key information on environmental stressors that can affect children's health, including the status and trends of:

  • Environments and Contaminants (contaminants in air, water, food, and soil and other environmental conditions)
  • Biomonitoring (chemicals measured in the bodies of mothers and children)
  • Health (childhood diseases and health outcomes)

3. Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) - Version 3 Now Available

Source: National Center for Education Statistics - January 29, 2013

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently announced the release of Version 3 of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS). CEDS are being developed to enable more consistent and comparable data to be used throughout all education levels and sectors, both within and across states. The aim is to increase the effective use of data for improved outcomes. Version 3 includes expanded early learning elements, which were developed by early learning stakeholders from local school districts, state education agencies, national early childhood organizations, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.

4. New Grant Notice: Stepping-Up Technology Implementation Program for Children with Disabilities

Source: U.S. Education Department - January 30, 2013

The U.S. Education Department published the following notice in the Federal Register on January 30, 2013: Applications for New Awards: Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities Program-Stepping-Up Technology Implementation (CFDA Number: 84.327S). The Stepping-up Technology Implementation program is funded to help identify, develop, and disseminate products and resources that promote the effective implementation of evidence-based instructional and assistive technology tools in early childhood or kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) settings. The deadline for applications is March 18, 2013.

5. Head Start Continues Quality Reforms with Second Group of Competitions

Source: Office of Head Start - January 17, 2013

The Office of Head Start recently informed 122 grantees that they will have to compete for continued Head Start funding. Under the 2011 Head Start regulations, grantees who do not meet quality thresholds must compete with other potential early childhood education providers for future Head Start funds. The competition is designed to ensure that every child served by Head Start has access to the highest quality program possible. This is the second group of grantees designated to compete for continued funding. To learn more and for a list of affected Head Start providers, see the Office of Head Start announcement.