America's Middle Class Promise Begins Early
"How do we make sure that kids with disabilities get the same kinds of opportunities that kids without disabilities get? The opportunity to learn and develop and thrive alongside their peers in the general curriculum gives them the best foot forward in life."
Read an article about OSERS Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin's visit to the Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School in Houston, Tex., where he met with teachers, administrators and, of course, students to discuss the importance of early learning, particularly those with high needs.
Support for Early Learning in the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
The President's budget request expands access to high-quality early learning while investing in innovation and evaluation to promote the implementation of evidence-based practices for our youngest learners and improve educational outcomes in the early grades. The budget:
Supports voluntary, universal preschool.
The mandatory Preschool for All initiative would invest $75 billion over 10 years in a federal-state partnership aimed at providing all 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families with access to high-quality preschool, while encouraging states to expand those programs to reach additional children from middle-class families and establish full-day kindergarten policies.
Builds on the success of the Preschool Development Grants program to help jumpstart Preschool for All.
Consistent with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the budget provides $350 million for Preschool Development Grants in the Department of Health and Human Services request to support the fourth and final year of funding for the 18 current grantees as well as new activities intended to better coordinate and expand early learning services for children and families.
Supports special education services to children ages 3 through 5.
The request provides an increase of $35 million over the fiscal year 2016 level for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B, Section 619 Preschool Grants, as well as additional flexibility for schools and districts to provide coordinated early intervention services for preschool-age children.
Provides additional funds for early intervention services for infants and toddlers.
The request for IDEA Part C Grants for Infants and Families is an increase of $45 million over the 2016 level and would allow the Department to reserve $15 million to make new competitive grants to public-private partnerships to support community-based model demonstration projects that increase screening and delivery of evidence-based services.
Thursday, February 11th, 3:00 pm, EST.
The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services invite you to watch the Google Hangout for a discussion about inclusion in early childhood programs and why it matters to states, early childhood programs, families, and young children with and without disabilities.
|Michael Yudin||Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, U.S. Department of Education|
|Linda Smith||Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services|
|Libby Doggett||Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Early Learning U.S. Department of Education|
|Aaron Bishop||Commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services|
The discussion kicks off a series of webinars on the research, practice, and public awareness of inclusion in early childhood programs, to be held over the next several months.
Click here to view the event.
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Upcoming National Inclusion Webinar: Feb. 18th from 3:00 to 4:00 EST
Preschool Inclusion: What's the Evidence, What Gets in the Way, and What do High-Quality Programs Look Like?
Phil Strain from the University of Colorado, Denver will share an overview of the research supporting early childhood inclusion.
ED and HHS Release Early Learning Challenge Annual Performance Reports for 20 States
To accompany the individual reports ED released a Progress Update on the 20 Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge States. This report shows Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge states are rapidly improving the quality of early learning programs while enrolling more children, especially from low- and moderate income families, in the highest-quality programs.
Pay for Success Catching on as Early Childhood Education Funding Option
View this blog posting by Libby Doggett, ED's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning to learn more about Pay For Success, an innovative funding approach being explored in early childhood.
#RethinkDiscipline in Early Childhood Settings
OSERS Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin recently convened a panel of experts for an online discussion about the use of suspensions and expulsions in early childhood settings, and local efforts to end the use of exclusionary discipline for young children. Please watch the discussion on:
Google Hangout YouTube
ED and HHS Award $237M in Early Education Grants
Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that 18 states will receive second year awards under the Preschool Development Grant program to continue their work in expanding access to high-quality preschool for all children.
HHS Launches New Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)'s Administration on Children and Families (ACF) has funded a new cross-sector Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) System.