September 14, 2018

In this Issue:

  1. Guide to Early Intervention Dispute Resolution Processes for Families of Infants & Toddlers (Ages 0-2)
      Source: The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)
  2. Intentional Partnerships Podcast - Series on Family Engagement
      Source: Parents as Teachers National Center
  3. Children Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) May Have Educational Disabilities
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  4. Transitions and Alignment from Preschool to Kindergarten
      Source: Education Commission of the States

1. Guide to Early Intervention Dispute Resolution Processes for Families of Infants & Toddlers (Ages 0-2)

Source: The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

CADRE recently published a quick guide (September 2018) that explains each of the different options under Part C of the IDEA for resolving a dispute concerning families of infants and toddlers in the special education system. A side-by-side look at the different dispute options: IFSP facilitation, mediation, written state complaints, due process complaint and hearing procedures, and the resolution meeting will assist families involved in or new to the process.

2. Intentional Partnerships Podcast - Series on Family Engagement

Source: Parents as Teachers National Center

The Parents As Teachers National Center recently released a podcast series (2018) on different aspects of family engagement. The episodes offer different perspectives from teachers, parents, school administrators, early childhood educators, etc., about their achievements and challenges regarding family engagement. Of the 11 predicted episodes, 7 have been released so far.

3. Children Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) May Have Educational Disabilities

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

According to this report from the CDC (August 2018), NAS is a postnatal drug withdrawal syndrome that can occur from opioid exposure during pregnancy. Neurobehavioral disorders have been found in infants affected by NAS; however, there is little research on educational outcomes for this population. An analysis of data from Tennessee's Department of Health provides insight on special education needs among infants born with NAS. The study found that those born with NAS were more likely to experience developmental delays or speech/language impairments in early childhood when compared to those born without NAS. For more information, read the full study published in Pediatrics.

4. Transitions and Alignment from Preschool to Kindergarten

Source: Education Commission of the States

This special report from the Education Commission of the States (September 2018) provides educators and policymakers state examples and strategies for promoting a "seamless system of education" that connects one program to the next and reduces both the child's stress and loss of skills or knowledge during the transition from preschool to kindergarten.