The 29th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), published by U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), is now available online. It is the first annual report to have three volumes. Vol. 1 focuses on the children and students being served under IDEA nationally and provides profiles of individual states' special education environments, vol. 2 contains Part B data tables and data notes, vol. 3 contains data tables and data notes for Part C. It is available online at http://www2.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/osep/2007/parts-b-c/index.html
Research shows that high quality, intensive early education programs for low-income children can result in many educational benefits. However, few studies have looked at the impact of these programs on long-term health and health behaviors. Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health recently reported on findings from a study using data from the Carolina Abecedarian Project (ABC), which shows that individuals who received intensive early education intervention had significantly better health and better health behaviors later in life than those in the control group. To learn more, go to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110114155340.htm
The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC), funded by the Office of Head Start, has released a new online tutorial entitled Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Infants, Young Children, and their Families. It is meant to help early childhood mental health consultants, as well as Early Head Start and Head Start staff understand what is meant by trauma, recognize the developmental context of trauma in early childhood, and extend their own knowledge for intervention through consultation. This is the 6th tutorial in the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation's (CECMHC) Best Practice Tutorial Series available online at http://www.ecmhc.org/tutorials/index.html
The latest issue of Views from the Field, published by Grantmakers In Health, shares information on how Family Voices and the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs), which exist in every state and Washington DC, assist families who have children with special health care needs navigate the health care system. It is available online at http://www.gih.org/usr_doc/Family-Centered_Care_Kids_Special_Needs_FamilyVoices_January_2011.pdf
The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released three new CELLcasts for parents. CELLcasts are audio/video versions of CELL practice guides which are available to view online or download to an iPod/Mp3 player. World of Words teaches parents where to find everyday literacy-rich opportunities in their community. Get Write on It exposes toddlers to ways to encourage early writing. Listen Hear teaches parents how to help their child make letter and sound connections while learning to read and spell. The CELLcasts are available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ta_cellcasts1.php
CELL is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Research to Practice Division and is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute.