July 16, 2004

In this Issue:

  1. New Web Site and Working Paper: The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
      Source: www.developingchild.net - July 12, 2004
  2. Improving Birth Outcomes and Reducing High Risk Births
      Source: National Governor's Association - July 8, 2004
  3. Children Affected by Some Medicaid Changes
      Source: MCH Policy Research Center - June 2004
  4. Evidence-Based Practice in Child Language Disorders
      Source: Bamford-Lahey Children's Foundation - July 12, 2004

1. New Web Site and Working Paper: The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

Source: www.developingchild.net - July 12, 2004

The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child is a multidisciplinary collaboration comprising many of the nation's leading scientists in early childhood and early brain development. Its mission is to bring sound and accurate science to bear on public decision making affecting the lives of young children. The Council is housed at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. To view the Council's recently launched Web site go to http://www.developingchild.net. The Council's first Working Paper, Young Children Develop in an Environment of Relationships, is available at http://www.developingchild.net/pubs/wp/Young_Children_Environment_Relationships.pdf.

2. Improving Birth Outcomes and Reducing High Risk Births

Source: National Governor's Association - July 8, 2004

A new Issue Brief from the NGA Center for Best Practices entitled Healthy Babies - Efforts to Improve Birth Outcomes and Reduce High Risk Births provides an overview of state initiatives to improve birth outcomes and reduce the costs associated with high-risk pregnancies. For more information go to http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.9123e83a1f6786440ddcbeeb501010a0/?vgnextoid=5565303cb0b32010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD. The Issue Brief is available online at http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0406BIRTHS.pdf.

3. Children Affected by Some Medicaid Changes

Source: MCH Policy Research Center - June 2004

States' most common cost-cutting strategies do not target children specifically, but some have reduced income or categorical eligibility, pursued cost-sharing requirements, or tightened home-and community-based waivers. To read a new Fact Sheet from the MCH Policy Research Center about this topic go to http://www.mchpolicy.org/documents/MedicaidreportJune2004.pdf.

4. Evidence-Based Practice in Child Language Disorders

Source: Bamford-Lahey Children's Foundation - July 12, 2004

The Bamford-Lahey Children's Foundation has inserted a section on its Web site devoted to Evidence-Based Practice (EBP). The new section includes a summary of the first meeting of a Working Group on Evidence-Based Practice in Child Language Disorders that took place in May 2004. Also included are a number of bibliographies relevant to EBP. Available at http://www.bamford-lahey.org/ebp.html. [Note: Link checked on 9/10/2007 - this document is no longer available online].