On February 7, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) posted a new batch of Policy Letters of Clarification (dated July 1, 2011 - September, 30 2011) on its Web site. These letters address issues related to the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A Federal Register Notice published on February 1, 2012 includes brief summaries of these letters.
A subset of OSEP policy letters related to the early childhood provisions of the IDEA (Part C and Part B, Section 619) can be accessed on the NECTAC Web site.
CLASP recently published a new analysis based on data from Head Start Program Information Reports (PIR), entitled Putting Children and Families First: Head Start Programs in 2010 (February 2012), by Stephanie Schmit Danielle Ewen. The analysis provides information on Head Start children, families, programs and staff in 2010, as well as information on how the data has changed from 1997 to 2010.
The Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health has published new State Ranking Maps that compare each individual state's performance to the national average on select outcomes and indicators from the 2001, 2005/06, and 2009/10 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN).
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recently released a new WWC Quick Review on School-Based Early Childhood Education and Age-28 Well-Being, a report that examined the effects of the Chicago Child-Parent Center Education Program on the educational attainment of participants at age 28. The study found that on average participants completed more schooling and were more likely to complete high school, graduate on time, and attend a four-year college than comparison group members. The research meets WWC evidence standards with reservations.
Citation for the full report:
Reynolds, A. J., Temple, J. A., Ou, S.-R., Arteaga, I. A., & White, B. A. B. (2011). School-based early childhood education and age-28 well-being: Effects by timing, dosage, and subgroups. Science Express. DOI:10.1126/science.1203618