May 20, 2016

In this Issue:

  1. New OSEP Memo on Response to Intervention (RTI) and Preschool Services
      Source: Office of Special Education Programs - April 29, 2016
  2. Preschool Inclusion: Key Findings from Research and Implications for Policy
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved May 20, 2016
  3. State Medicaid and Early Intervention Agency Partnerships to Promote Healthy Child Development
      Source: National Academy for State Health Policy - May 18, 2016
  4. Lead Poisoning Prevention for Head Start Children
      Source: Office of Head Start - May 17, 2016
  5. Journal of Early Intervention Abstract Available Online
      Source: DEC's Journal of Early Intervention, Online First - May 13, 2016

1. New OSEP Memo on Response to Intervention (RTI) and Preschool Services

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.

2. Preschool Inclusion: Key Findings from Research and Implications for Policy

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:

  1. What are the effects of inclusive preschool on children's early learning and development?
  2. What is known about the quality of inclusive preschool programs?
  3. What is known about how to improve the quality of inclusive preschool?

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.

3. State Medicaid and Early Intervention Agency Partnerships to Promote Healthy Child Development

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.

4. Lead Poisoning Prevention for Head Start Children

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.

5. Journal of Early Intervention Abstract Available Online

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.

Early Intervention for Children With Behavior Problems in Summer Settings: Results From a Pilot Evaluation in Head Start Preschools

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.