May 24, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. National IDEA Data Center - Notice of Final Priority and Invitation to Apply
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - May 20, 2013
  2. Proposed Rule to Improve Safety and Quality of Child Care Posted for Public Comment
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - May 20, 2013
  3. Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Program - Proposed Priorities Posted for Public Comment
      Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - May 20, 2013
  4. Kindergarten Entry Assessment Competition - Invitation to Apply
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - May 23, 2013
  5. "Active Implementation Hub" Launched - Free 24/7 Implementation Training
      Source: State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center - May 20, 2013
  6. New Results Matter Video Describes Preschool on Wheels for Children Living in Isolated Areas
      Source: Results Matter - May 21, 2013
  7. The Condition of Education 2013 - Summary of Developments and Trends in Education
      Source: National Center for Education Statistics - May 23, 2013
  8. Framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating PreK-3rd Grade Approaches
      Source: University of Washington, College of Education - Retrieved May 23, 2013

1. National IDEA Data Center - Notice of Final Priority and Invitation to Apply

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - May 20, 2013

On May 20, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) published a notice of final priority in the Federal Register to establish a National Technical Assistance Center To Improve State Capacity To Accurately Collect and Report IDEA Data (Data Center). The Data Center will provide TA to improve the capacity of States to meet IDEA data collection and reporting requirements. This priority is effective June 19, 2013.

On May 20th, OSERS also published a notice inviting applications for a new award for fiscal year (FY) 2013 to fund a cooperative agreement that will support the establishment and operation of the Data Center. Applications are due by July 19, 2013.

2. Proposed Rule to Improve Safety and Quality of Child Care Posted for Public Comment

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - May 20, 2013

On May 20, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a Federal Register Notice proposing a new rule to better ensure the health, safety and school readiness of children in child care programs funded by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. The proposed rule would require that child care providers:

  • Receive health and safety trainings in specific areas
  • Comply with applicable state and local fire, health and building codes
  • Receive comprehensive background checks (including fingerprinting)
  • Receive on-site monitoring

The rule would also require states to share information with parents through user-friendly websites about provider health, safety and licensing information. The proposed regulation is now open for a 75 day public comment period. Comments must be submitted by August 5, 2013. See Federal Register Notice for more information.

3. Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Program - Proposed Priorities Posted for Public Comment

Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - May 20, 2013

On May 20, 2013, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (the Departments) published proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria under the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grant program. The RTT-ELC program is designed to improve state systems of early care and education in order to prepare more children for kindergarten. The proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria include five substantive changes to those used in the FY 2011 RTT-ELC competition. Comments are requested and must be received by June 19, 2013.

Last month, the Departments 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.

4. Kindergarten Entry Assessment Competition - Invitation to Apply

Source: U.S. Department of Education - May 23, 2013

On May 23, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education published a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for grants under the Enhanced Assessment Grants (EAG) program to support the development or enhancement of Kindergarten Entry Assessments (KEA) aligned with a common set of early learning and development standards. The purpose of the KEA is to provide, at kindergarten entry, valid, reliable, and fair information on each child's learning and development across the essential domains of school readiness. For more information, see the Federal Notice. The deadline for submitting applications is July 8, 2013.

5. "Active Implementation Hub" Launched - Free 24/7 Implementation Training

Source: State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center - May 20, 2013

The State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center (SISEP) has launched a new "Active Implementation Hub," which is a free, online learning environment for use by any stakeholder involved in the active implementation and scaling up of programs and innovations. The goal is to increase the knowledge and improve the performance of persons engaged in actively implementing any program or practice. Online learning includes:

  • Modules and Lessons - self-paced computer based training on active implementation
  • Resource Library - searchable, just-in-time active implementation resources and tools (e.g., planning tools, assessments and activities)
  • Learning Spaces - shared, online spaces for learning and applying active implementation knowledge and practices

The Active Implementation Hub is an initiative of SISEP and The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) located at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, FPG Child Development Institute. Content is added and updated regularly.

6. New Results Matter Video Describes Preschool on Wheels for Children Living in Isolated Areas

Source: Results Matter - May 21, 2013

Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, has just posted a fun and inspiring new video, Gus the Bus - Preschool on Wheels (Runtime: 9:32) in the Results Matter Video Library. This video tells the story of how a community foundation and school district partnered to create a preschool on wheels and provide early education services to children living in isolated areas.

As with all Results Matter videos, this clip can be viewed online and may be downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities. It is posted it at the top of the page in the Practices Here and There section of the library. There are now well over 100 videos in the Results Matter Video Library. Take a few moments to look around!

7. The Condition of Education 2013 - Summary of Developments and Trends in Education

Source: National Center for Education Statistics - May 23, 2013

The Institute of Education Sciences' National Center for Education Statistics has just released The Condition of Education 2013, a congressionally mandated annual report that summarizes important trends in education using the latest available statistics. Some of the sections with data related to young children include:

8. Framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating PreK-3rd Grade Approaches

Source: University of Washington, College of Education - Retrieved May 23, 2013

The University of Washington, College of Education recently published The Framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating PreK-3rd Grade Approaches (Kauerz and Coffman, 2013) to address the following key questions related to developing PreK-3rd grade approaches:

  • What does a comprehensive PreK-3rd grade approach include?
  • The word "alignment" is used often, but what needs to be aligned?
  • What kinds of changes need to take hold in adults' behaviors to see improvements in child outcomes?
  • What kinds of responsibilities need to be shared among 0-5 programs, grades K-3, families, and communities?