October 24, 2003

In this Issue:

  1. State-funded Pre-kindergarten Initiatives
      Source: EECENEWS-L - October 23, 2003
  2. Social-Emotional Learning in Early Childhood: What We Know and Where to Go From Here
      Source: www.casel.org/ - Retrieved October 20, 2003
  3. 3rd Annual National Inclusive Schools Week Focuses on Families
      Source: IDEAnews - October 2003
  4. Literacy Resource Guide for Families and Educators
      Source: Federation for Children with Special Needs - September 2003

1. State-funded Pre-kindergarten Initiatives

Source: EECENEWS-L - October 23, 2003

This FAQ from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education discusses the current status of state pre-kindergarten initiatives, outlines major issues, examines research on existing programs, and provides links to state pre-kindergarten initiatives. Go to http://ceep.crc.uiuc.edu/poptopics/prek.html [Note: Link checked on 5/10/2007 - this document is no longer available online].

2. Social-Emotional Learning in Early Childhood: What We Know and Where to Go From Here

Source: www.casel.org/ - Retrieved October 20, 2003

A new book chapter on social-emotional learning in early childhood by Susanne Denham, and Roger Weissberg, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, is now available online at http://www.casel.org/downloads/SELearlychildhood.pdf.

3. 3rd Annual National Inclusive Schools Week Focuses on Families

Source: IDEAnews - October 2003

National Inclusive Schools Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the diverse abilities of all members of the school community, and the progress that has been made in providing equal educational opportunities for all learners, particularly those with disabilities. This year's celebration (December 1 - 5, 2003) places a special emphasis on family involvement and the need to create schools where families are welcomed, respected, and engaged. For more information go to http://www.inclusiveschools.org/

4. Literacy Resource Guide for Families and Educators

Source: Federation for Children with Special Needs - September 2003

The Literacy Resource Guide for Families and Educators, a new publication of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, highlights current research-based literacy resources available through the U.S. Department of Education and its funded projects, with an eye toward appealing to parents, educators, and caregivers. The Guide lists whether the resources are available in print, online, CD-ROM, and videotape. The description of each item also includes information about cost, ordering, and the relevance for specific audiences. Bold symbols denote resources that address one or more of the five key early reading skills: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency.

To order a copy or to obtain additional information, contact:

Federation for Children with Special Needs
1135 Tremont Street, Ste. 420
Boston, MA 02120
Tel: (617) 236-7210 or (800) 331-0688 (toll free in MA)
Fax: (617) 572-2094