November 2, 2018

In this Issue:

  1. IDEA State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report 2018 Indicator Analyses
      Source: U.S. Department of Education
  2. Section 619 Preschool Program Federal Appropriations and National Child Count 1977-2017
      Source: Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center
  3. Part C Infant and Toddler Program Federal Appropriations and National Child Count 1987-2017
      Source: Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center
  4. ACEs and Toxic Stress: Frequently Asked Questions
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
  5. Newborn Syphilis Cases more than Double in Four Years
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  6. The Early Advantage 1: Early Childhood Systems That Lead by Example
      Source: National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE)
  7. Family Strengthening Research
      Source: Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE)

1. IDEA State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report 2018 Indicator Analyses

Source: U.S. Department of Education

Two new reports from the U.S. Department of Education provide a national quantitative picture of the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B and Part C. The reports summarize data from the FFY 2016 Annual Performance Reports (APRs) and amended State Performance Plans (SPPs), which were submitted by states to the Office of Special Education Programs in 2018.

2. Section 619 Preschool Program Federal Appropriations and National Child Count 1977-2017

Source: Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center

Part B, Section 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is intended to help ensure that all eligible preschool children with disabilities, aged 3-5 years, receive special education and related services. The following growth comparison chart from the ECTA Center shows the federal appropriations allocated for Part B Section 619, the number of children served, and the federal dollars allocated per child each year from federal fiscal year (FFY) 1977 through FFY 2017.

3. Part C Infant and Toddler Program Federal Appropriations and National Child Count 1987-2017

Source: Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center

Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is intended to help ensure that all eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities (aged birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services. The following chart from the ECTA Center shows the federal appropriations allocated for the Part C program, the number of children served, and the federal dollars allocated per child each year from federal fiscal year (FFY) 1987 through FFY 2017.

4. ACEs and Toxic Stress: Frequently Asked Questions

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

The Center on the Developing Child continues its initiatives to research and prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress in children. The Center recently published this new infographic (August 2018) with links to additional resources to educate caregivers and professionals working with young children. A PDF version is also available.

5. Newborn Syphilis Cases more than Double in Four Years

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

"When passed to a baby, syphilis can result in miscarriage, newborn death, and severe lifelong physical and mental health problems." According to this recent report from the CDC (September 2018), congenital syphilis cases have more than doubled since 2013. This is the highest number of recorded cases in 20 years. The data reveals a need to improve protocols for syphilis testing and treatment for pregnant women.

Here is additional information on congenital syphilis from the National Library of Medicine.

6. The Early Advantage 1: Early Childhood Systems That Lead by Example

Source: National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE)

This recent press release from the NCEE (September 2018) announces their new book, The Early Advantage 1: Early Childhood Systems That Lead By Example edited by Sharon Lynn Kagan and published by Teachers College Press. The book highlights a study of several innovative early childhood education and care (ECEC) systems around the globe. The countries of the ECEC systems studied were Australia, England, Finland, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, and Singapore. A second volume, The Early Advantage 2, is planned for the spring of 2019 and will discuss the "building blocks" of high quality ECEC.

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7. Family Strengthening Research

Source: Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE)

In September 2018, OPRE released this report describing the major focal points for its Division of Family Strengthening (DFS) in FY2017. The DFS engages in rigorous research and activities related to family strengthening and disseminates the information to a wide range of federal and state policymakers, program administrators, researchers and organizations working with families. A particular focal area for the DFS is building research and evaluation capacity with American Indian and Alaska Native communities.