April 8, 2004

In this Issue:

1. Fourth Quarter 2003 OSEP Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities Now Available Online

Source: What's New in OSEP - April 6, 2004

Correspondence from the Department of Education received by individuals during the Fourth Quarter of CY 2003 that describes the interpretations of IDEA or the regulations that implement IDEA is now available online. Some documents have been redacted. Go to http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2003-4/index.html.

2. Early Childhood Longitudinal Study: Birth Cohort/Preschool Year: Notice of Proposed Information Collection Request

Source: Federal Register: April 2, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 64)

Abstract: The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) is a nationally representative longitudinal study of children born in the year 2001. The preschool year followup represents the third round of data collection for members of this cohort. Children are assessed using state of the art assessment tools, parents are interviewed as well as child care providers and school personnel. Together with the Kindergarten component of this early childhood studies program, the survey informs the research and general community about children's health, early learning, development and education experiences. The focus of this survey is on characteristics of children and their families that influence children's first experiences with the demands of formal schools as well as early health care and in- and out- of-home experiences. For more information on the proposed information collection request go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2004-2/040204a.html.

3. Migrant Education Even Start Family Literacy Program: Notice Inviting Applications

Source: Federal Register: April 6, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 66)

Purpose of Program: Migrant Education Even Start Family Literacy program grants are intended to help break the cycle of poverty & illiteracy of migratory families by improving the educational opportunities of these families through the integration of early childhood education, adult literacy or adult basic education, & parenting education into a unified family literacy program...

Dates: Applications Available: April 6, 2004.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 21, 2004.

Applicable regulations, priorities, & other information are available online at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-2/040604a.html

4. Report Presents Updates on Trends in Child Well-Being

Source: MCH Alert - April 1, 2004

"Overall, children and youth in today's society are doing better than they were in 1975," state the authors of a report released at the March 24, 2004, public forum sponsored by the Brookings Institution, in cooperation with the Foundation for Child Development and Duke University. The report presents an update on measures of trends in the well-being, or quality of life, of children ages 1 to 19 in the United States over a 27-year period, 1975 to 2002, with projections for 2003 ... "

Duke University. 2004. The Foundation for Child Development Index of Child Well-Being (CWI), 1975-2002, with Projections for 2003: A composite index of trends in the well-being of our nation's children. Durham, NC: Duke University. Available at http://www.brookings.edu/comm/events/20040324index.pdf

[Originally published in MCHAlert 2004 National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University. Reprinted with permission.]

5. SCHIP-Enrolled Children with Special Health Care Needs: An Assessment of Coordination Efforts Between State SCHIP and Title V Programs

Source: The Kaiser Foundation - Retrieved April 8, 2004

This new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation explores how the State Children's Health Insurance Program serves children with special needs and assesses the role of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant program in filling in gaps in coverage. It also discusses the implications of state choices on publicly-funded health coverage for pediatric health care. To access the full report online go to http://www.kff.org/medicaid/loader.cfm?url=/commonspot/security/getfile.cfm&PageID=31921.