February 27, 2004

In this Issue:

  1. Providing Comprehensive, Integrated Social Services to Vulnerable Children and Families: Are There Legal Barriers at the Federal Level to Moving Forward?
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - February 2004
  2. NEA's Read Across America
      Source: National Education Association - February 27, 2004
  3. What Works Clearinghouse Database Forms and Customer Survey - Comment Request
      Source: Federal Register - February 27, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 39)

1. Providing Comprehensive, Integrated Social Services to Vulnerable Children and Families: Are There Legal Barriers at the Federal Level to Moving Forward?

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - February 2004

Providing Comprehensive, Integrated Social Services to Vulnerable Children and Families: Are There Legal Barriers at the Federal Level to Moving Forward? by Rutledge Q. Hutson. Over the past several years, social service providers have increasingly recognized that families seeking assistance often face multiple, complex needs and that they require the services of more than one program. Working in consultation with state and local officials, this paper offers a model of cross-system integration focusing on comprehensive services for children and families. This paper was written as part of a collaborative effort between the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, CLASP, and the Hudson Institute. Go to: http://www.clasp.org/publications/CW_Integration.pdf.

Two other papers produced under this project to date are:

2. NEA's Read Across America

Source: National Education Association - February 27, 2004

NEA's Read Across America has become the nation's largest reading event. The program culminates each year on or near Dr. Seuss's birthday (March 2). This year marks Dr. Seuss's 100th birthday or Seussentennial. The Read Across America Website offers many ideas on how to participate in this celebration as well as resource kits for teachers and families - http://www.nea.org/readacross/index.html.

3. What Works Clearinghouse Database Forms and Customer Survey - Comment Request

Source: Federal Register - February 27, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 39)

Title: What Works Clearinghouse Database Forms and Customer Survey.

Summary: The Leader, Regulatory Information Management Group, Office of the Chief Information Officer invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

Abstract: The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) public submission databases will allow members of the public to submit nominations for studies, interventions, and topics that they would like the WWC to review. The evaluation database will enable the WWC to provide the public with a directory of available outcome evaluations. Data from the customer survey will be used to create indicators of how successfully the WWC is meeting the needs of various groups of its users.

Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before March 29, 2004. For more information go to: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2004-1/022704b.html