February 7, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder
      Source: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - February 5, 2014
  2. GAO Report on Federal Funding of Early Learning and Child Care Programs
      Source: Government Accountability Office - February 5, 2014
  3. Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) - Version 4 Now Available
      Source: Common Education Data Standards Project - February 5, 2014
  4. Input Sought on DRAFT Position Statement: The Role of Special Instruction in Early Intervention
      Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood - February 6, 2014
  5. Input Sought on New Competition to Support High-Quality Preschool Programs
      Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - February 6, 2014

1. Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Source: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - February 5, 2014

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry published new guidance for diagnosing and treating infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents (0 to 18 years of age) with autism in the February 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (p. 237-257). Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder presents recommendations that include: multidisciplinary care; coordination of services; early, sustained intervention; the use of multiple treatment modalities; helping families with long-term planning; and finding support for parents and siblings. It updates an earlier guidance document published in 1999 and incorporates new research findings.

2. GAO Report on Federal Funding of Early Learning and Child Care Programs

Source: Government Accountability Office - February 5, 2014

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published Early Learning and Child Care: Federal Funds Support Multiple Programs with Similar Goals (GAO-14-325T). This testimony discusses existing federally funded programs that provide support for early learning or child care services, and the extent to which these programs are administered by multiple federal agencies, have similar goals, or provide the same services.

3. Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) - Version 4 Now Available

Source: Common Education Data Standards Project - February 5, 2014

Version 4 of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) is now available online. It includes new and updated early learning elements, which can be viewed by selecting Early Learning in the "Filter by Domain" drop-down menu. The CEDS project is a national collaborative effort to develop voluntary, common data standards for a key set of education data elements to enable more consistent and comparable data to be used throughout all education levels and sectors, both within and across states. The early learning elements 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. Input Sought on DRAFT Position Statement: The Role of Special Instruction in Early Intervention

Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood - February 6, 2014

The Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is seeking input on a new DRAFT position statement, The Role of Special Instruction in Early Intervention. The position statement describes special instruction, provides recommendations for professional preparation and qualifications for special instructors, and discusses the unique role of the special instructor throughout the early intervention process. To share your input, complete this short survey by February 19, 2014.

5. Input Sought on New Competition to Support High-Quality Preschool Programs

Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - February 6, 2014

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services are seeking input on a new competition to build, develop and expand high-quality preschool programs across States and communities. The two departments encourage all interested parties to read about the new competition and submit opinions, ideas, suggestions and comments at the Homeroom Blog up until 5:00 p.m. EDT on February 26, 2014.