April 19, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. Request for Comments - IDEA Part C and Part B State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - April 15, 2013
  2. Next Round of Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge and Race to the Top-District Competitions Announced
      Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - April 16, 2013
  3. New! Early Hearing Detection and Intervention-Pediatric Audiology Links to Services (EHDI-PALS) Directory
      Source: EHDI-PALS Advisory Group - April 16, 2013
  4. New Policy Brief on Improving Access to Early Identification and Intervention
      Source: ZERO TO THREE Western Office - Retrieved April 16, 2013
  5. We Can Do Better: 2013 Update - State Child Care Center Regulations and Oversight
      Source: Child Care Aware of America - April 11, 2013
  6. Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2011
      Source: U.S. Census Bureau - Retrieved April 19, 2013

1. Request for Comments - IDEA Part C and Part B State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report

Source: U.S. Department of Education - April 15, 2013

On April 15, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education published the following Notices of Proposed Information Collection in the Federal Register. Comments are encouraged and must be submitted by June 14, 2013.

2. Next Round of Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge and Race to the Top-District Competitions Announced

Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - April 16, 2013

On April 16, 2013, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced they will invest the majority of the 2013 Race to the Top funds for another Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge competition. According to the press release, about $370 million will be available this year for states to develop new approaches to increase high-quality early learning opportunities and close the school readiness gap. About $120 million of the 2013 funds will be used for a second round of the Race to the Top-District competition. In a Federal Register notice published on April 16, 2013, the Department of Education proposed a set of priorities for this year's District competition, which will support innovative reform at the local level. Comments must be received on or before May 16, 2013

More information about the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge and the Race to the Top-District competition, including current grantees, is available on the Department's website. Additional details about both programs will be announced in the coming months.

3. New! Early Hearing Detection and Intervention-Pediatric Audiology Links to Services (EHDI-PALS) Directory

Source: EHDI-PALS Advisory Group - April 16, 2013

The EHDI-PALS Advisory Group recently announced the release of a new Early Hearing Detection and Intervention-Pediatric Audiology Links to Services (EHDI-PALS) Directory. The EHDI-PALS Directory provides information about facilities that offer pediatric audiology services to young children who are younger than five years of age. All of the facilities included report that they have licensed audiologists and the right equipment and expertise to serve young children. See also, the Parent Resources page, which provides many Questions/Answers that will help parents get an idea of the kinds of things to ask when setting up appointments or to learn more about their child’s hearing.

4. New Policy Brief on Improving Access to Early Identification and Intervention

Source: ZERO TO THREE Western Office - Retrieved April 16, 2013

The ZERO TO THREE Western Office recently published a new policy brief, Improving Access to Early Identification and Intervention: 211 LA County Developmental Screening and Care Coordination (2013). The brief describes the 211 LA County telephone-based developmental screening and care coordination program and provides policy recommendations for expanding and replicating the model. A discussion of the research supporting universal developmental screening is also included.

5. We Can Do Better: 2013 Update - State Child Care Center Regulations and Oversight

Source: Child Care Aware of America - April 11, 2013

Close to 11 million children under age 5 spend an average of 35 hours a week in some type of child care setting. State child care licensing requirements govern the health, safety and learning opportunities for these children. State oversight requirements monitor compliance with state policies. Child Care Aware of America recently published We Can Do Better: 2013 Update, the fourth report in a series beginning in 2007 that scores and ranks the states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense (DoD), on 11 program requirements and four oversight benchmarks for child care centers. State rankings show only modest improvements since 2011. The average score in 2013 was 61 percent (92 out of a possible 150 points). See the press release here.

6. Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2011

Source: U.S. Census Bureau - Retrieved April 19, 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its new edition of Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2011 (April 2013). This year's report shows that in 2011, the average cost of child care for families with an employed mother was $143 a week. Poor working families with children under age 15 paid the largest percentage of their monthly income on child care, with families living below the poverty level spending on average 30% of their income on child care per month, compared with 8% for other families. The report finds that 61.3% of children under age 5 were in a regular child care arrangement in the spring of 2011. Forty-two% of these arrangements were relative care and 33% were non-relative care.