April 11, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Guidance Documents from the Office of Special Education Programs
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - Retrieved April 11, 2014
  2. Trends in the Use of Early Care and Education, 1995-2011
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation - April 7, 2014
  3. Two New Roadmaps to Effective Intervention Practices
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - April 8, 2014
  4. New Resources from the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement
      Source: Office of Head Start - April 7, 2014
  5. Applications for New Awards - Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - April 10, 2014

1. Guidance Documents from the Office of Special Education Programs

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - Retrieved April 11, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recently published the following guidance documents related to the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):

  • Letter of Clarification on Use of Electronic Mail (March 21, 2014) - Provides clarification in response to a question about the use of email to provide parents with their child's individualized education programs (IEPs) and related documentation, such as progress reports, provided the parents and the school district agree to use the electronic mail option, and the States take the necessary steps to ensure that there are appropriate safeguards to protect the integrity of the process.
  • Dear Colleague Letter on LEA Maintenance of Effort (March 13, 2014) - Informs Chief State School Officers about a provision of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, which states that the level of effort a local educational agency (LEA) must meet under section 613(a)(2)(A)(iii) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), in the year after it fails to maintain effort is the level of effort that would have been required in the absence of that failure and not the LEA's reduced level of expenditures.

OSEP Memos, Dear Colleague Letters and Policy Letters are publicly available online. A subset of OSEP guidance documents related to the early childhood provisions of the IDEA (Part C and Part B, Section 619) can be accessed on the ECTA Center Web site.

2. Trends in the Use of Early Care and Education, 1995-2011

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation - April 7, 2014

In recent decades, there has been a large increase in young children's participation in early care and education (ECE) programs. A new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) uses multiple years of data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the National Household Education Survey (NHES) to examine trends in ECE arrangements for young children from 1995-2011. Trends in the Use of Early Care and Education, 1995-2011: Descriptive Analysis of Child Care Arrangements from National Survey Data (March, 2014) specifically addresses these two questions:

  1. What types of non-parental early care and education (ECE) arrangements were children enrolled in between 1995 and 2011, and how did enrollment patterns change over that period?
  2. How do rates of participation in ECE and trends in the use of various ECE arrangements differ based on demographic characteristics?

3. Two New Roadmaps to Effective Intervention Practices

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - April 8, 2014

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has published two new additions to its Roadmap to Effective Intervention Practices series.

  • Roadmap #6: Statewide Implementation of the Pyramid Model (March 2014) by Glen Dunlap, Barbara J. Smith, Lise Fox, and Karen Blas - Provides important guidance on the implementation of the Pyramid Model, structures for implementation, and the activities needed at each stage of implementation and scaling-up.
  • Roadmap #7: Data Decision-Making and Program-Wide Implementation of the Pyramid Model (March 2014) by Lise Fox, Myrna Veguilla, and Denise Perez Binder - Provides guidance on how to collect and use data to ensure the implementation of the Pyramid Model with fidelity and decision-making that improves the provision of implementation supports, delivery of effective intervention, and the promotion of meaningful child outcomes.

Learn about the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children here.

4. New Resources from the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

Source: Office of Head Start - April 7, 2014

The Office of Head Start's National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) has published the following new resources to support programs working to implement Head Start's Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework. The resources provide summaries of selected research, proven interventions, promising practices, and suggested strategies.

  • Research to Practice Series on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement - This series is intended to help programs foster strong relationships and support positive outcomes for children, families, and staff. It currently includes briefs on: Family Engagement and School Readiness, Positive Parent-Child Relationships, Families as Lifelong Educators, Family Engagement in Transitions: Transition to Kindergarten, Family Connections to Peers and Community, and Families as Advocates and Leaders.
  • Measuring What Matters: Using Data to Support Family Progress - This resource is the first in a new series that will provide information on how programs can use data to engage families and support each family's progress toward the family outcomes in Head Start's PFCE Framework.

5. Applications for New Awards - Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - April 10, 2014

On April 10, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing its FY 2015 competitions for grants to support education research and special education research. The IES's National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) will hold two competitions: one competition for special education research and one competition for special education research training. To learn more, see Applications for New Awards - Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs