The National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has released a new report entitled Parents' Reports of the School Readiness of Young Children from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2007, which presents initial findings on the school readiness of young children, as reported by their parents, from the School Readiness Survey of the 2007 National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES). It also provides basic demographic information about children ages 3 to 6 who have not yet entered kindergarten, their parents'/guardians' characteristics, and the characteristics of the households in which they live. It is available online at http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008051
The Child Welfare Information Gateway has posted the following new publications online:
The director of the FPG Child Development Institute's Partnerships for Inclusion project, Brenda Dennis, discusses inclusion in the 7th episode of FPG Voices. To learn more and to listen to the podcast go to http://www.fpg.unc.edu/news/highlight_detail.cfm?ID=796
On August 14, 2008, the President signed into law H.R. 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act, which reauthorizes and revises programs under the Higher Education Act. H.R. 4137 includes provisions that offer loan forgiveness and degree incentives for early childhood professionals and grants to states to create professional development systems for early childhood educators. It also contains provisions that address issues such as special education teacher shortages, better preparing general educators to meet the unique learning needs of students with disabilities, and improved access to institutes of higher learning for students with disabilities. For more information go to http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:H.R.4137:.