Guide Released for Homeless Children, Youth: The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) and the Ounce of Prevention Fund releases a new guide intended to assist states in utilizing their Child Care and Development Fund state plan as a vehicle for improving access to high-quality early care and education for children who experience homelessness. The guide, entitled Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness: CCDF State Guide, provides background information on common barriers and challenges; best practices for serving homeless families; a summary of requirements of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG) related to homelessness.
Protocols to Aid Acutely Distressed or Suicidal Students: The JED Foundation releases a tool to aid institutions in developing or revising protocols pertaining to instances of suicide. Protocol topics discussed in the tool include tips for responding to and documenting encounters with the acutely distressed or suicidal students; addressing issues around voluntary or involuntary psychiatric hospitalization; developing a post-crisis follow-up plan; developing an emergency contact notification protocol; and developing a leave of absence and re-entry protocol.
Bullying Prevention Webpage from HRSA: The Heath and Human Services Dept’s Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) creates a new webpage with bullying prevention resources. These resources include four webinars on the Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying report. It includes information on the workshop and a consensus study from the National Resource Council.
Trauma-Sensitive Practices for Health Centers Serving Students: The National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environments releases a resource kit encompassing a broad range of material introducing and endorsing trauma-sensitive practice with an emphasis on sexual assault trauma. It is designed specifically for health center staff who serve as primary care providers to students. Safe Place is one in a diverse collection of tools commissioned by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. These tools are designed to supplement efforts to develop plans addressing sexual assault.
TANF Continues To Weaken As A Child, Family Safety Net: The HHS’ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is today providing a temporary safety net to fewer families who are poor and may have no other means to meet their family’s basic needs, according to a new white paper from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Its reach continues to shrink. In 2014, for every 100 families in poverty, only 23 received cash benefits from TANF. This is down from the 68 families for every 100 in poverty that received cash assistance when TANF was first enacted in 1996.
Tool Kit Provides Resources to Teach Children Learning English: DoEd rolls out the English Learner Tool Kit, designed to support educators in ensuring equal access to a high-quality education for English Learners (EL). This tool kit complements the English Learner Guidance that was released in January 2015 by the Departments of Education and Justice to remind states and school districts of their civil rights obligations to EL students and Limited English Proficient parents. The EL Tool Kit is divided into chapters on topics such as identifying all English Learners, addressing English Learners with disabilities, and evaluating the effectiveness of a school district’s program. Each chapter can be downloaded separately and information is grouped into easy-to-find topics.
Guidance Raises Awareness on Specific Learning Disabilities: The DoEd Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) releases guidance to state and local educational agencies. This guidance clarifies that students with specific learning disabilities — such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia — have unique educational needs. It further clarifies that there is nothing in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in a student’s evaluation, determination of eligibility for special education and related services, or in developing the student’s individualized education program (IEP).
Division Posts Civil Rights Data Collection: DoEd posts the results from the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), formerly the Elementary and Secondary School Survey (E&S Survey). It collects data on key education and civil rights issues in the nation’s K-12 public schools. The CRDC collects a variety of information including, student enrollment and educational programs and services, disaggregated by race/ethnicity, sex, limited English proficiency and disability. The CRDC is a longstanding and important aspect of the overall strategy for administering and enforcing the nation’s civil rights statutes. Information collected by the CRDC is also used by policymakers, grants seekers and researchers.