July 27, 2018

In this Issue:

  1. New Opportunities - Helping Individuals and States Implement IDEA Birth to 5
      Source: Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center
  2. Applications for New Awards for Children with Disabilities and Their Families
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
  3. Understanding the Early Care and Education Workforce
      Source: Child Care & Early Education Research Connections
  4. Parenting Knowledge among First-time Parents of Young Children
      Source: Child Trends

1. New Opportunities - Helping Individuals and States Implement IDEA Birth to 5

Source: Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center

The ECTA Center recently announced (May 2018) new OSEP funded opportunities offered this year by multiple early childhood technical assistance centers to assist states and individuals build their capacity to implement IDEA for children and their families birth to 5.

2. Applications for New Awards for Children with Disabilities and Their Families

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

The U.S. Department of Education invites applications for the following new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2018:

  • Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities, School Safety National Activities, and Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants Programs - National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.326S. Application deadline: August 24, 2018.
  • Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities - Center on Dispute Resolution, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.326X. Application deadline: August 24, 2018.
  • Training and Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities - Technical Assistance for Parent Centers, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.328R. Application deadline: August 23, 2018.

3. Understanding the Early Care and Education Workforce

Source: Child Care & Early Education Research Connections

The June 2018 issue of Research Connections offers a bibliography (June 2018) of research to policy resources to assist policymakers with identifying effective channels to improve the early care workforce through education opportunities and professional development. The resource is organized geographically, first nationally, and then by state.

4. Parenting Knowledge among First-time Parents of Young Children

Source: Child Trends

According to a new research study conducted by Child Trends (July 2018), first-time parents often lack the knowledge they need or want, are overwhelmed by the amount of information available that is often inconsistent in quality, and find limited information across difference demographic populations. The study also found that parents seek knowledge mostly during transitional periods in the child's life and are eager to gain more knowledge about children's social-emotional development. Understanding which strategies are most effective in increasing parenting knowledge is crucial for promoting quality education to parents about their child's development.