eNotesOctober 10, 2019
Updates from the ECTA Center
Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood ProgramsThis brief, 2-page document describes the legal foundations of serving young children with disabilities in inclusive early care and education programs and how those settings are determined. The document also provides links to federal and technical assistance center resources on early childhood inclusion.
2019 National Part C and Part B SPP/APR Indicator AnalysesStates receiving IDEA funds must have a State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) that evaluates their efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of Parts B and C of the IDEA, and reports annually on their performance. Each year staff from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the affiliated TA centers partner to conduct analyses of the state submissions. These booklets present a national summary of Part C and Part B data for FFY 2017.
News from the Field
NAEYC Position Statement on Advancing Equity in Early Childhood EducationThe National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) position statement on advancing equity states: "All children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that enable them to achieve their full potential as engaged learners and valued members of society." The position statement includes goals for children as a result of anti-biased education, as well as recommendations for early childhood educators, administrators, education preparation and professional development providers, and public policy makers.
Leveraging ESSA Plans in Preschool Development Grant Implementation: Guidance and RecommendationsThis brief from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) links the PDG B-5 needs assessment and strategic planning process with strategies from states' ESSA plans, highlighting where early childhood has been or could be a meaningful part of state plans. The brief also includes a toolkit states can use to ensure that they are aligning their PDG strategic plan with their ESSA plan, and strengthen ESSA plan focus on early childhood issues.