February 12, 2016

In this Issue:

  1. Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs - Discussion Recording Available Online
      Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - February 11, 2016
  2. Supporting the School Readiness and Success of Young African American Boys
      Source: Office of Head Start, National, Center for Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness - Retrieved February 12, 2016
  3. GAO Report Examines Efforts to Reduce Special Education Administrative Burden
      Source: Government Accountability Office - February 8, 2016

1. Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs - Discussion Recording Available Online

Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - February 11, 2016

On February 11, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services hosted a discussion about inclusion in early childhood programs and why it matters to states, early childhood programs, families, and young children with and without disabilities. The discussion was recorded and is now available online. View the discussion here.

2. Supporting the School Readiness and Success of Young African American Boys

Source: Office of Head Start, National, Center for Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness - Retrieved February 12, 2016

The goal of the Supporting the School Readiness and Success of Young African American Boys Project (2013-2015), was to help Head Start and other early education programs promote culturally responsive, strength-based learning environments for young African American boys. In the course of the project, materials were developed, professional development was conducted, and a new resource, Supporting the School Readiness and Success of Young African American Boys Project: Reflections on a Culturally Responsive Strength-Based Approach, evolved. This resource is meant to help a variety of different audiences reflect and think about how to best support young African American boys in early learning settings.

3. GAO Report Examines Efforts to Reduce Special Education Administrative Burden

Source: Government Accountability Office - February 8, 2016

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Special Education: State and Local-Imposed Requirements Complicate Federal Efforts to Reduce Administrative Burden - GAO-16-25 (published January 8, 2016, publicly released February 8, 2016), examines:

  1. what the U.S. Department of Education and states have done to implement selected provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) intended to reduce administrative and paperwork burden,
  2. stakeholder views about administrative and paperwork requirements of the IDEA, and
  3. steps that the U.S. Department of Education and others have taken to minimize IDEA-related burden.