March 22, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. New CDC Report Suggests Increased Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - March 20, 2013
  2. Part C 2012 Tipping Points Survey - Results Available Online
      Source: IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association - Retrieved March 19, 2013
  3. Part C 2012 Finance Survey - Results Available Online
      Source: IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association - Retrieved March 19, 2013
  4. Series of Memos from Harvard's Lead for Literacy Initiative Now Complete
      Source: Harvard Graduate School of Education - Retrieved March 21, 2013
  5. New Study Shows Lasting Effects of New Jersey's Abbott Preschool Program
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - March 20, 2013

1. New CDC Report Suggests Increased Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - March 20, 2013

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children aged 6-17 in the U.S. increased from 1 in 86 in 2007 to an estimated 1 in 50 in 2011-2012. The report is based on data from a national telephone survey of parents. The increases in prevalence were greatest for boys and older children. Children who were first diagnosed in or after 2008 accounted for much of the observed prevalence increase. To learn more about these findings, see Changes in Prevalence of Parent-reported Autism Spectrum Disorder in School-aged U.S. Children: 2007 to 2011 - 2012 (March 20, 2013).

2. Part C 2012 Tipping Points Survey - Results Available Online

Source: IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association - Retrieved March 19, 2013

The IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA) has published the results of its 2012 Tipping Points Survey - Part C Implementation: State Challenges and Responses online. The survey is used to help track emerging issues and state responses related to eligibility, finance and decisions regarding continued participation in the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C of IDEA). Forty-eight states and one jurisdiction completed the survey. ITCA draws no conclusions from the data analysis, but simply reports the data. All information is aggregated and the individual state responses are confidential.

3. Part C 2012 Finance Survey - Results Available Online

Source: IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association - Retrieved March 19, 2013

The IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA) has published the results of the 2012 ITCA Finance Survey online. The survey was designed to identify several key components of Part C financing, including: (1) federal, state and local funds being used by states to support their total Part C system; (2) the total amount of revenue that is generated by each fund source; (3) the total amount of revenue at federal, state and local levels; and (4) the percentage of each federal, state and local fund source contributing to the total cost of the system, with a close look at the percentage represented by Part C federal funds. Forty-nine states and jurisdictions completed the survey. ITCA draws no conclusions from the data analysis, but simply reports the data.

4. Series of Memos from Harvard's Lead for Literacy Initiative Now Complete

Source: Harvard Graduate School of Education - Retrieved March 21, 2013

Harvard's Lead for Literacy initiative has completed its series of memos for leaders dedicated to children's literacy development from birth to age 9. Lead for Literacy is an initiative of the Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group at Harvard. All 16 memos are now available online. Topics range from assessment to professional development to family partnerships.

5. New Study Shows Lasting Effects of New Jersey's Abbott Preschool Program

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - March 20, 2013

On March 20, 2013, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released findings from the latest study of New Jersey's Abbott Preschool Program, which showed that children in the state's most disadvantaged communities who participated in the preschool program made significant gains in literacy, language, math and science through 4th and 5th grade. The study found larger gains for children who participated in two years of the preschool program. Additionally, participation was linked to lower retention rates and fewer children needing special education. These findings build on previous results from kindergarten entry and second grade follow-up. See Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study: Fifth Grade Follow-Up (March 2013).