March 10, 2004

In this Issue:

  1. Regional Resource Centers; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004
      Source: Federal Register: March 10, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 47)
  2. Early Reading First; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004
      Source: Federal Register: March 8, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 45)
  3. OSERS Peer Reviewers Mailbox
      Source: Mary Chambers, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - March 10, 2004
  4. An Evaluation of States' Monitoring and Improvement Practices under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - Draft Statement of Work 01 and Synopsis
      Source: FBO - March 9, 2004
  5. New Study Finds Babies Born To Mothers Who Drink Alcohol Heavily May Suffer Permanent Nerve Damage
      Source: National Institutes of Health - March 8, 2004

1. Regional Resource Centers; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

Source: Federal Register: March 10, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 47)

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities--Regional Resource Centers; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

Purpose of Program: This program provides technical assistance and information that (1) support States and local entities in building capacity to improve early intervention, educational, and transitional services and results for children with disabilities and their families; and (2) address goals and priorities for changing State systems that provide early intervention, educational, and transitional services for children with disabilities and their families.

DATES: Applications Available: March 11, 2004.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 26, 2004.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 25, 2004.

For more information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-1/031004c.html

2. Early Reading First; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

Source: Federal Register: March 8, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 45)

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; Overview Information; Early Reading First; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

Purpose of Program: This program supports local efforts to enhance the oral language, cognitive, and early reading skills of preschool-age children, especially those from low-income families, through strategies, materials, and professional development that are grounded in scientifically based reading research.

Invitational Priority 1--Intensity - The Secretary is especially interested in preschool programs that operate full-time, full-year early childhood educational programs, at a minimum of 6.5 hours per day, 5 days per week, 46 weeks per year, and that serve children for the two consecutive years prior to their entry into kindergarten.

Invitational Priority 2--Children From Low-Income Families -- The Secretary is especially interested in projects in which, in all preschool centers supported by the ERF funds, at least 75 percent of the children enrolled in the preschool qualify to receive free or reduced priced lunches; or at least 75 percent of the children enrolled in the elementary school in the school attendance area in which that center is located qualify to receive free or reduced priced lunches.

For more information go to: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-1/030804a.html.

3. OSERS Peer Reviewers Mailbox

Source: Mary Chambers, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - March 10, 2004

On behalf of the Assistant Secretary I am pleased to announce that the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has designated a mailbox to receive information from persons interested in serving as a peer reviewer for OSERS discretionary grant process. Please advise interested parties to submit their resumes and/or questions regarding OSERS peer review process to email address: OSERSPRS@ed.gov

The Grants and Contracts Services Team (GCST) will manage the mailbox and provide resumes to the OSERS Peer Reviewer Database workgroup for review and acceptability. Please feel free to contact your component workgroup representative directly if you have questions regarding OSERS Peer Reviewer database. The workgroup members are:

OAS/GCST -Mary Chambers, Karen Edelen, Joe Garrett
OSEP - Doris Andres, Tom Hanley
NIDRR - Ruth Brannon, William Schutz, Tom Corfman
RSA - Pam Martin, Edward Smith
Contactors (SAIC)- Al Linden, Soheila Nassiri, Eric Weindel

Thank you, Mary Chambers, Director GCST

4. An Evaluation of States' Monitoring and Improvement Practices under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - Draft Statement of Work 01 and Synopsis

Source: FBO - March 9, 2004

The following postings have been made on FBO:
Solicitation number : ED-04-R-0011
Title : B -- An Evaluation of States' Monitoring and Improvement Practices under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
A Draft Statement of Work 01 and Synopsis are availabe at http://www1.fbo.gov/servlet/Solicitation/R/ED/OCFO/CPO/ED-04-R-0011 [Note: Link checked on 05/12/2008 - this document is no longer available online]

5. New Study Finds Babies Born To Mothers Who Drink Alcohol Heavily May Suffer Permanent Nerve Damage

Source: National Institutes of Health - March 8, 2004

Newborns whose mothers drank alcohol heavily during pregnancy had damage to the nerves in the arms and legs, according to a study by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, one of the National Institutes of Health. The study was conducted in collaboration with researchers at the University of Chile. The nerve damage was still present when the children were reexamined at one year of age... The study appears in the March 2004 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics. For more information go to: http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/mar2004/nichd-08.htm