Children with disabilities who receive early intervention services show significant developmental progress a year later, and families report increased confidence in their ability to deal with their child, according to the Department of Education's 24th annual report to Congress on the condition of special education. The report, "To Assure the Free Appropriate Public Education of All Children with Disabilities," cites several sources, including the department's ongoing National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study (NEILS). NEILS tracks 3,338 infants and toddlers with disabilities who received early intervention services. A year into the services, "significantly high" percentages of the children had reached milestones in areas of motor skills, self-help, communication and cognition, the report found...
"This is yet another confirmation that the earlier we identify children with disabilities and provide highly effective evidence-based interventions, the better chance they have of reaching their full potential," said Robert Pasternack, assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services.
The annual report to Congress has become a benchmark in conveying the progress being made in serving America's 6.5 million children with disabilities. The report is available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/osep/2002/index.html. Additional copies may be ordered online at http://edpubs.ed.gov/webstore/Content/search.asp, by phone at 1-877-4-ED-PUBS, by fax at 1-301-470-1244 or by writing ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, Md. 20794-1398.
The new ED.gov website integrates ED.gov and nclb.gov into one website. No Child Left Behind is highlighted. Parents, teachers, students, and administrators can find pages of annotated information selected especially for them. A new Press Room makes press releases, photos, audio clips, and video all available in one place. Five Information Centers provide information about financial aid, grants and contracts, policy, programs, and research and statistics. Go to http://www2.ed.gov/index.jhtml
The 2003-2004 season of the Dept. of Education's television series about ways to ensure children's educational success will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003 at 8:00 PM ET. On the third Tuesday of each month during the school year, Education News Parents Can Use provides parents with the tools and information they need to be effectively involved in their children's learning. This is your opportunity to ask a question of the experts and the other participants - drawn from communities like yours - on what works to improve teaching and learning in schools and in the home. For information on viewing options, this season's schedule and online registration go to: http://registerevent.ed.gov/.
The National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions and the American
Academy of Pediatrics have updated their series of one-page, state-specific fact sheets about
children and Medicaid. The 2003 fact sheets include national and state statistical references
and citations. They are intended for use by policymakers, researchers, educators, and others in
their efforts to understand the importance of the Medicaid program for children and children's
hospitals. The fact sheets are available at http://www.nachri.org/nachri/resources/mfs_index.html.
[Note: Link checked on 2/22/2007 - this document is no longer available online. New fact sheets are available at http://www.childrenshospitals.net/AM/Template.cfm?Section=State_Medicaid_Tool_Kit&CONTENTID=24929&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm].