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Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - January 9, 2017
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has released an updated Dear Colleague Letter related to Preschool Least Restrictive Environments (LRE) (January 9, 2017). The letter provides updated guidance and clarification on: Key Statutory and Regulatory Requirements, Preschool Placement Options, Reporting Educational Environments Data for Preschool Children with Disabilities, and Use of IDEA Part B Funds for Preschool Children with Disabilities. It reaffirms OSEP's position that all young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs where they are provided with individualized and appropriate supports to enable them to meet high expectations.
Additional OSEP Memos, Dear Colleague Letters and Policy Letters are 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: U.S. Department of Education - January 2017
The U.S. Department of Education has released a new guide entitled, Resource Guide: Building a Bright Future for All (January 2017). The guide was developed to enhance State and local efforts to support immigrant children from birth through the elementary grades. The first half provides tips for educators in early learning programs and elementary schools as well as schools, districts, and States to: (1) facilitate school enrollment by immigrant families; (2) promote healthy child development in the school setting; (3) encourage caregiver engagement in their children's education; and (4) build staff knowledge about immigrant children and their educational needs. The second half provides tips for parents and guardians on how to facilitate children's learning and education starting at birth. A blog post from the Department provides more information.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - January 12, 2017
A newly released Resource Guide to Trauma-Informed Human Services (January 2017) provides an introduction to the topic of trauma, a discussion of why understanding and addressing trauma is important for human services programs, and a "road map" to relevant resources. It is meant to help professionals learn about trauma-informed care and improve their practices. Some of the resources in the guide are specific to Early Childhood Programs.
The guide was developed by the Administration for Children and Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations, the Administration for Community Living, and the Offices of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Source: CLASP - January 11, 2017
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the major federal funding stream for states to help make quality child care affordable for low-income parents. Over the past decade, the CCDBG program has been serving fewer eligible children due to declining federal and state investments. CLASP has released two new fact sheets discussing some of the consequences of this trend: