November 25, 2003

In this Issue:

1. Early Childhood Curriculum, Assessment and Program Evaluation - New Position Statement

Source: NAEYC Site News - November 2003

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS/SDE) have approved a new position statement on Early Childhood Curriculum, Assessment and Program Evaluation. It is available at http://www.naeyc.org/about/positions/pdf/pscape.pdf

2. The Role of Environmental Hazards in Premature Birth: Workshop Summary

Source: news@nap.edu - November 24, 2003

The following new book from the National Academies Press is now available for online reading: The Role of Environmental Hazards in Premature Birth: Workshop Summary. Below is the table of contents:

  • 1. Preterm Birth and Its Consequences
  • 2. Labor and Delivery
  • 3. Preterm Birth - Brief Summary of Biological Pathways
  • 4. Preterm Birth - Gene-Environment Interactions
  • 5. Preterm Birth - Social Implications
  • 6. Future Directions

To view the full document go to http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=0309090652

3. Child Welfare: States Face Challenges in Developing Information Systems and Reporting Reliable Child Welfare Data

Source: Today's GAO Reports - November 19, 2003

The General Accounting Office (GAO) today released the following testimony: Child Welfare: States Face Challenges in Developing Information Systems and Reporting Reliable Child Welfare Data, by Cornelia M. Ashby, director, education, workforce, and income security issues, before the Subcommittee on Human Resources, House Committee on Ways and Means. GAO-04-267T, November 19, 2003.
Full text - http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04267t.pdf
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d04267thigh.pdf

4. Statement on the resignation of Assistant Secretary Robert Pasternack

Source: www.ed.gov - November 18, 2003

Following is a statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige on the resignation of Robert H. Pasternack, effective Jan. 2, as assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services -- a post he has held since August 2001. "I want to thank Bob for his service to the department and commend him for his work to improve the lives of America's 6.5 million children and youth with disabilities. 'No child left behind' means every child -- and that certainly includes students with disabilities. Bob has been an effective advocate on their behalf, and we wish him well."

In a letter to the president, Pasternack said he feels he "can continue to serve children with disabilities and their families in the private sector while at the same time trying my best to achieve the educational goals that you have set for our country." http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2003/11/11182003.html

5. Children's Mental Health Resource Kit: Promoting Children's Mental Health Screens and Assessments

Source: www.childrensdefense.org/whatsnew.php - November 25, 2003

The Children's Defense Fund has produced a new resource kit on children's mental health screens and assessments. To download the full resource kit go to http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/action-strategies-and.html