The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recently released a funding opportunity to establish and operate a Center focused on early science, technology, engineering, and Math (STEM) learning for young children with disabilities (CFDA No. 84.327G). The Center's objectives will include:
- increasing the body of knowledge of current evidence-based practices (EBP) for early STEM learning for young children with disabilities;
- increasing the use by early childhood programs, providers, and families of the current EBPs in early STEM learning for young children with disabilities; and
- increasing awareness by faculty in Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) of the current EBPs in early STEM learning for young children with disabilities.
The applications can be found on Grants.gov. The deadline for submitting an application to this competition is July 30, 2018.
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recently released two funding opportunities to train and prepare personnel in early intervention, special education, and related services:
Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel (CFDA No. 84.325D) funds doctoral degree preparation; and
Interdisciplinary Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services for Personnel Serving Children with Disabilities who have High-Intensity Needs (CFDA No. 84.325K) funds master’s degree, educational specialist degree, or clinical doctoral degree preparation.
The applications can be found here; the deadline for both competitions is July 30, 2018.
The Office of Special Education Programs' (OSEP) network of early childhood technical assistance (TA) centers is offering a variety of new opportunities to build individual and state capacity around the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for young children, with or at-risk for disabilities, from birth through age 5. This handy list can help states consider which TA opportunities best fit individual state needs and priorities.
ED’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released the 2015–16 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). This collection, published biennially by OCR, includes data that are self-reported by 17,300 public school districts and 96,400 public schools and educational programs. Note that data is available from public preschool programs that are run by local school districts. More information about what kind of data are included can be found here. ED has also released two topic-specific data briefs based on the 2015–16 school year's CRDC: STEM Course Taking and School Climate and Safety.
The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) recently hosted a webinar: Early Learning Opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This webinar provides an overview of the early learning opportunities in ESSA. Follow these links to view the webinar recording, slide deck, and a related policy brief, The State of Early Learning in ESSA: Plans and Opportunities for Implementation.
ED has recently updated its website for the Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive initiative. The site has a range of resources geared toward states, communities, and families interested in promoting early developmental and behavioral screenings.