In this Issue:
Source: Office of Special Education Programs - April 29, 2016
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has published a new memo, OSEP Memorandum 16-07 (April 29, 2016), which clarifies that states and local education agencies (LEAs) have an obligation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to ensure that evaluations of all children suspected of having a disability, including evaluations of 3-, 4-, or 5-year-old children enrolled in preschool programs, are not delayed or denied because of implementation of a Response to Intervention (RTI) strategy. Other OSEP Memos, Dear Colleague Letters and Policy Letters are also 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.
Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved May 20, 2016
A new brief, Preschool Inclusion: Key Findings from Research and Implications for Policy (April 2016), highlights research on preschool inclusion relevant to the following three questions:
The brief also presents recommendations for policies that are supported by research, including policies related to: the funding of early care and education programs; states' professional development systems; and investments in gathering critical information about inclusive preschool programs for ongoing monitoring and quality improvement.
Source: National Academy for State Health Policy - May 18, 2016
A new issue brief, State Medicaid and Early Intervention Agency Partnerships to Promote Healthy Child Development (May 2016), provides concrete examples of how Medicaid and Part C Early Intervention (EI) agencies in Connecticut, Illinois, and Oregon have partnered to improve care for young children in their states who are identified with, or at risk for, developmental delays.
Source: Office of Head Start - May 17, 2016
A new collection of resources from the Office of Head Start on Lead Poisoning Prevention for Head Start Children provides links to a variety of resources on: (1) The Basics on Lead; (2) Testing of Lead in Children; (3) Effects of Lead on Young Children; (4) Preventing Lead Exposure and Poisoning.
Source: DEC's Journal of Early Intervention, Online First - May 13, 2016
An abstract of the following new forthcoming article is now available at http://jei.sagepub.com/content/early/recent.
Katie C. Hart, Paulo A. Graziano, Kristine M. Kent, Aparajita Kuriyan, Alexis Garcia, Madison Rodriguez, and William E. Pelham, Jr.
The Journal of Early Intervention (JEI) is an official publication of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children and SAGE Publications. It offers articles related to research and practice in early intervention for infants and young children with special needs and their families. Freely available Podcasts of interviews with JEI authors can be accessed online.