January 16, 2004

In this Issue:

1. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; State Program Improvement Grants Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2003

Source: Federal Register: January 14, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 9)

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; State Program Improvement Grants Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 (To Be Awarded in FY 2004).

Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program, authorized under IDEA, is to assist SEAs and their partners, referred to in section 652(b) of IDEA, with reforming and improving their systems for providing educational, early intervention, and transitional services, including their systems for professional development, technical assistance, and dissemination of knowledge about best practices, to improve results for children with disabilities.

  • Applications Available: January 15, 2004
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 27, 2004
  • Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: April 27, 2004

For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-1/011404a.html.

2. OSEP FY 2004 Grant Performance Report For Continuation Funding Now Available Online

Source: OSEP News - January 13, 2004

Information regarding the submission of the annual Grant Performance Report required for continued funding of grants from the Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is now available online at: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/osep/index.html.

3. Coming Together for Children with Disabilities: State Collaboration to Support Quality, Inclusive Child Care

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) - January 2004

Coming Together for Children with Disabilities: State Collaboration to Support Quality, Inclusive Child Care (December 2003) - Families with children with disabilities have difficulty finding high-quality, appropriate child care for their childrenóand this is particularly true for low-income families. This report from CLASP and Easter Seals discusses the challenges these low-income families face; presents the findings of a survey of administrators of state child care and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act programs; explains the importance of collaboration among these programs; and suggests policy recommendations for federal and state governments. To download the full report go to http://www.clasp.org/publications/ccdf_idea_rpt.pdf.1.

4. Article Assesses Practice-Based Intervention to Enhance Quality of Care for Children Under Age 3

Source: MCH Alert - January 9, 2004

"Pediatric practices provide unique opportunities to favorably influence health care for young children, increase parents' satisfaction, and influence parental practices to improve child development and behavior," write the authors of an article published in the December 17, 2003, issue of JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors point out that there is growing evidence of deficiencies in the quality of health care for children and that specific limitations have been noted in the quality of care related to developmental and behavioral services for children under age 3. This article reports on whether the Healthy Steps for Young Children Program increased quality of care related to developmental and behavioral services and whether it affected parenting practices regarding discipline, perceptions of their children's behavior, and promotion of development when children were between 30 and 33 months old... To learn more go to http://www.mchlibrary.info/alert/2004/alert010904.html#4.

[Originally published in MCHAlert © 2003 National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University. Reprinted with permission.]