January 18, 2019

In this Issue:

  1. Benefits for Children with Disabilities
      Source: Social Security Administration
  2. New PDG Grants Awarded for State Efforts for Young Children Birth to Five
      Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families (ACF)
  3. Effective Early Childhood Education
      Source: National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)

1. Benefits for Children with Disabilities

Source: Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration has updated its Benefits for Children with Disabilities pamphlet (2019) describing benefits available to eligible children with disabilities and how to apply. Some benefits included are Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and employment support programs. A 2018 version is also available in Spanish.

2. New PDG Grants Awarded for State Efforts for Young Children Birth to Five

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families (ACF)

ACF recently released this compiled list of the 45 Preschool Development Grant (PDG) B-5 grant awardees (January 2019) and amounts awarded. This funding gives states the opportunity to design and implement high-quality, equitable early child care and education programs for all children and families. Contact Richard Gonzales at richard.gonzales@acf.hhs.gov if you have any questions about the grant.

3. Effective Early Childhood Education

Source: National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)

According to this recent brief from the NBCDI (December 2018), "data from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights demonstrates that Black children are being systematically denied access to early education at the most critical period in their development." The brief provides data about the disproportionate suspensions and expulsions for Black children occurring in the U.S. and offers evidence-based practices for teaching early education professionals how to better support Black children and their families.