February 13, 2004

In this Issue:

1. William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy Programs: Grants for Indian Tribes & Tribal Organizations -- Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Years (FY) 2003 and 2004

Source: Federal Register: February 12, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 29)

Purpose of Program: The William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy Programs (Even Start), including the grants for Indian tribes & tribal organizations, are intended to help break the cycle of poverty & illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities of low-income families by integrating early childhood education, adult literacy or adult basic education, & parenting education into a unified family literacy program for federally recognized Indian tribes & tribal organizations. These programs are implemented through cooperative activities that: (1) build on high-quality existing community resources to create a new range of educational services for most-in-need families; (2) promote the academic achievement of children & adults; (3) assist children from low-income families to meet challenging State content & student achievement standards; & (3)use instructional programs that are based on scientifically based reading research & on the prevention of reading difficulties for children & adults, to the extent such research is available. A description of the required fifteen program elements for which funds must be used is included in the application package.

Applications Available: February 12, 2004.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 2, 2004.
Eligible Applicants: Federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

Applicable regulations, priorities, & other information are available at: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-1/021204a.html

2. Third Quarter 2003 OSEP Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities Now Available Online

Source: What's New at OSEP - February 5, 2004

This page contains correspondence from the Department of Education received by individuals during the Third Quarter of CY 2003 that describes the interpretations of IDEA or the regulations that implement IDEA. Some documents have been redacted. Go to http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2003-3/index.html

3. The State of Preschool: 2003 State Preschool Yearbook

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - February 13, 2004

The first State of Preschool report ranks all 50 states on quality of, resources for and access to state preschool programs for children in each state. The report identifies the states that set high standards for preschool programs and the states that provide no programs for their children. The report addresses the academic, law enforcement and economic consequences of failing to invest in quality preschool and calls for greater state and federal investments.

Report to be released February 19. For more information go to: http://nieer.org/docs/index.php?DocID=88