August 22, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Annual Reports to Congress on the Implementation of the IDEA
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - August 21, 2014
  2. Preschool Development Grants - Applications Now Available
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - August 18, 2014
  3. Caring for Our Children: Environmental Health in Early Care and Education
      Source: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education - Retrieved August 22, 2014
  4. Building Partnerships to Address Family Homelessness
      Source: U.S. Department on Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - Retrieved August 21, 2014
  5. Meeting the Child Care Needs of Homeless Families: How Do States Stack Up?
      Source: Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness - Retrieved August 22, 2014
  6. New Video Illustrating Family Engagement
      Source: Results Matter - August 18, 2014

1. Annual Reports to Congress on the Implementation of the IDEA

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - August 21, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is required to report annually on the progress made toward the provision of a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities and the provision of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Education recently posted OSEP's Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 online.

2. Preschool Development Grants - Applications Now Available

Source: U.S. Department of Education - August 18, 2014

On August 18, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education published the following two announcements in the Federal Register:

The goal of the Preschool Development Grants is to support states in developing and expanding voluntary, high-quality preschool programs in high-need communities for children from low- and moderate-income families. States with small state preschool programs can apply for development grants, while states with established, larger preschool programs can compete for expansion grants. The new grant program will be jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. The deadline for submitting applications is October 14, 2014. Learn more here.

3. Caring for Our Children: Environmental Health in Early Care and Education

Source: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education - Retrieved August 22, 2014

A new resource, Caring for Our Children: Environmental Health in Early Care and Education (EH) (August 2014), provides a compilation of nationally recognized health and safety standards that have the greatest impact on environmentally-healthy early care and education programs. It was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. The content was drawn from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition (CFOC3).

4. Building Partnerships to Address Family Homelessness

Source: U.S. Department on Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - Retrieved August 21, 2014

Children experiencing homelessness are at-risk for a number of negative outcomes and also face many barriers to accessing early care and learning programs that could help them to overcome the negative impacts of homelessness. A new paper, Building Partnerships to Address Family Homelessness (July 2014), highlights efforts by local Head Start and Early Head Start programs to connect with homeless service providers, in order to help children and families experiencing homelessness connect with high quality early care and learning opportunities. It was published by the U.S. Department on Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, .

5. Meeting the Child Care Needs of Homeless Families: How Do States Stack Up?

Source: Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness - Retrieved August 22, 2014

Homeless parents need to have safe and stable child care arrangements in order to work and participate in job training, education, and other programs essential to resolving their homelessness. Federal and state subsidized child care should be a resource for these families; however, homeless families face many barriers to accessing child care and homeless mothers are actually less likely to receive child care subsidies than poor housed mothers. Meeting the Child Care Needs of Homeless Families: How Do States Stack Up? (July 2014), a new report from the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (ICPH), finds that the majority of states do not have policies in place to ease and encourage homeless families' use of child care subsidies.

6. New Video Illustrating Family Engagement

Source: Results Matter - August 18, 2014

Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, recently posted the following new video in the Results Matter Video Library:

  • The Sunshine Bus Preschool on Wheels Program - Engaging Children and Families (Runtime: 9:23) - This video is a sequel to "Gus The Bus - Preschool on Wheels," illustrating how a host of community partners produced a second Preschool on Wheels to serve families who live in isolated areas. The focus of this story is on family engagement, described by a number of families who participate in the program.

This video can be accessed from the Practices Here and There section of the library. As with all Results Matter videos, it can be viewed online and downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities.