February 20, 2004

In this Issue:

  1. Part C Annual Performance Report for July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003
      Source: What's New at OSEP - Retrieved February 20, 2004
  2. 2003 State Preschool Yearbook Now Available Online
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - February 19, 2004
  3. 2004 State of the State Addresses
      Source: Education Commission of the States - Retrieved February 20, 2004
  4. Head Start Impact Study: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
      Source: Federal Register: February 13, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 30)
  5. Report Examines Preliminary Data on Infant Mortality Rate for 2002
      Source: MCH Alert - February 20, 2004

1. Part C Annual Performance Report for July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003

Source: What's New at OSEP - Retrieved February 20, 2004

Part C Annual Performance Report. This page provides the instructions, table and supporting attachments needed to complete the Part C Annual Performance Report (APR) that covers grant year July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003 (34 CFR 80.40). States' submissions are due on or before March 31, 2004 - http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/capr/index.html.

2. 2003 State Preschool Yearbook Now Available Online

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - February 19, 2004

The 2003 State Preschool Yearbook, developed by the National Institute for Early Education Research, is now available online. This first State Preschool Yearbook describes state-funded prekindergarten programs in the 2001-2002 school year and establishes a baseline against which to compare future progress. The Yearbook data were collected from an intensive survey of the states. Information is presented on three key characteristics of prekindergarten programs: access, quality standards, and resources.

To receive a printed copy of the Yearbook, please e-mail your name and address to yearbook@nieer.org. To view the full report online go to http://nieer.org/yearbook/pdf/yearbook.pdf.

3. 2004 State of the State Addresses

Source: Education Commission of the States - Retrieved February 20, 2004

To read a summary of what U.S. governors say about education in their 2004 state-of-the-state addresses go to: http://www.ecs.org/ecsmain.asp?page=/html/statesTerritories/State_of_States2004.htm. Note: This site will be updated as summaries of state-of-the-state addresses become available.

4. Head Start Impact Study: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

Source: Federal Register: February 13, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 30)

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting comments on plans to conduct the Head Start Impact Study. This study is being conducted under contract with Westat, Inc. to collect information for determining, on a national basis, how Head Start affects the school readiness of children participating in the program as compared to children not enrolled in Head Start and to determine under which conditions Head Start works best and for which children.

For more information go to: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-3209.htm.

5. Report Examines Preliminary Data on Infant Mortality Rate for 2002

Source: MCH Alert - February 20, 2004

"Preliminary data for 2002 show a significant increase in the IMR [infant mortality rate] to 7.0 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, the first rise in the U.S. IMR since 1958," according to the National Center for Health Statistics' (NCHS') Health E-Stats report, Supplemental Analyses of Recent Trends in Infant Mortality. The report provides information on cause of infant death, describes recent and historical trends, and identifies factors related to birth characteristics that potentially explain IMR changes. For more information go to: http://www.mchlibrary.info/alert/2004/alert022004.html.

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