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HOW EARLY LEARNING WILL CELEBRATE IDEA45 ANNIVERSARY, CHILDHOOD HOMELESSNESS, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES,...! (148 hits)



For Immediate Release From Early Learning!


To celebrate the 45th anniversary of IDEA, we invite you to visit the IDEA 45 anniversary page https://sites.ed.gov/idea/idea-45-years-later/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=, the hub for all OSERS content related to the 45th anniversary of the IDEA. During the week of Nov. 30, 2020, the IDEA 45 anniversary page will feature stories and resources that reflects on the importance of the legislation on the lives of children with disabilities and their families.


Stay tuned!

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Radical Family Engagement

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Early Childhood Development at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= hosted a series of conversations with key cross-sector partners throughout October, and targeted engagements during the week of Oct. 26, 2020, to bring new insights for how RADICAL family engagement could change the landscape of education and early childhood systems, starting in the early years. Please check out the Radical Family Engagement Event webpage https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/radical-family-engagement-event?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= to learn how parents, early education leaders, federal partners, and cross-sector stakeholders engaged throughout the week to deepen their understanding about what is needed to authentically engage parents.

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Trend Report on Early Childhood Homelessness

EDs Office of the Chief Data Officer recently released Early Childhood Homelessness State Profiles: 201314 to 201718. https://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/disadv/homeless/early-childhood-homelessness-state-profiles-2020-a.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= This report presents a five-year trend of children under age 6 who are experiencing homelessness at the national level, in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It uses data collected by the ACF, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS, and ED. It also includes publicly available data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (2014 to 2018), and the Annie E. Casey Foundation (2013 to 2017).


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Easing the Pre-K to Kindergarten Transition

A childs transition from pre-K to kindergarten is a critical time. It builds the foundation for academic, behavioral, and social-emotional skills, as well as positive family-school connections, for years to come. Starting kindergarten is also big shift for many children one that requires them to rapidly adjust to new routines and expectations. The ED-funded Early Learning Network https://earlylearningnetwork.unl.edu/?utm_content&utm_medium=email&utm_name&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term suggests that there are ways to improve continuity as children move from pre-K into kindergarten to help ease stressful transitions and maintain the advantages children gain from pre-K. In a new policy brief https://earlylearningnetwork.unl.edu/?utm_content&utm_medium=email&utm_name&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term, network researchers explore differences children experience between pre-K and kindergarten and offer recommendations to bring them into greater alignment.


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Are Neighborhood Factors Associated With the Quality of Early Childhood Education?

The ED-funded Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southeast https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southeast/index.asp?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= works in partnership with practitioners to conduct applied research and trainings. A new REL Southeast study https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southeast/index.asp?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
explores whether neighborhood characteristics are associated with the quality rating scores of early childhood education sites in North Carolina, after site-level characteristics are controlled for. The results suggest that neighborhood characteristics are only weakly associated with quality rating scores. Many different types of neighborhoods in many different locations appear able to support high-quality early education sites.


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COVID-19 Resources for Children From Birth to Age 5

The ED-funded Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center https://ectacenter.org/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= developed a COVID-19 website https://ectacenter.org/topics/disaster/coronavirus.asp?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= with resources for states and local programs serving young children with disabilities and their families. As a result of COVID-19, many states are having to determine a child's eligibility for Part C services of IDEA remotely using a variety of approaches, such as teleconference, videoconference, and sharing information and video synchronously and asynchronously. Recently, ECTA and the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) developed Determining A Child's Eligibility for Early Intervention Services Remotely: https://ectacenter.org/topics/disaster/coronavirus.asp?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=. This resource includes guidance, considerations, and resources for state staff and local practitioners who are determining Part C eligibility remotely.


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Featured Webinars

National Research Conference on Early Childhood 2020

HHS ACFs National Research Conference on Early Childhood 2020 (NRCEC 2020) http://nrcec.net/index.html?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= will be held virtually Monday, Nov. 30, to Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. The conference will include numerous symposia covering the latest in early childhood research and interactive poster sessions. Visit the NRCEC 2020 website to view the agenda http://nrcec.net/agenda.html?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= and full program nrcec.net/downloads/VirtualNRCEC2020-full-agenda-11-17-20.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
, and where you can click to add conference events to your calendar. As always, there is no registration fee, and we encourage all those interested to participate.


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Back to School Questions and Answers

You may be receiving a lot of questions right now about how the pandemic is impacting parental rights and the learning and development of children with disabilities. The ED-funded Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) https://www.cadreworks.org/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= identified the pressing questions parents have about navigating the changed education scene and responded with this webinar: https://www.cadreworks.org/events/got-back-school-questions-weve-got-your-answers?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term.


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New Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities for Dissertation Research

ACF has long supported rigorous dissertation research of policy relevance by advanced doctoral students. The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation has forecasted and is considering funding child care: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321990&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=, Head Start: ttps://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321989&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
, and behavioral interventions graduate student dissertation grants in 2021. Please visit grants.gov for the child care, Head Start: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329035&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
, and behavioral interventions scholars forecasts to view the estimated application due dates, subscribe to email notifications regarding these grant opportunities: https://www.grants.gov/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=, and find links to other information.



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