February 28, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. NGA Brief Examines Children's Mental Health Services
      Source: NGA Center for Best Practices - Retrieved February 22, 2005
  2. Notice Inviting Applications: William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy: Grants for Indian Tribes & Tribal Organizations
      Source: Federal Register: February 17, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 32)
  3. All Together Now: State Experiences in Using Community-Based Child Care to Provide Pre-Kindergarten
      Source: CLASP.org - February 24, 2005

1. NGA Brief Examines Children's Mental Health Services

Source: NGA Center for Best Practices - Retrieved February 22, 2005

A new NGA Center issue brief, Funding for Children's Mental Health Services: Making the Most of Medicaid, examines how states can use existing Medicaid-related services and options—in particular, Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT), Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers, and the Tax Equity and Financial Responsibility Act (TEFRA) option—to serve children at-risk for or living with mental illnesses. The programs are currently underutilized, primarily because states are unfamiliar with or misinformed about the available options, or are concerned about costs associated with implementation. Available at http://www.nga.org/cda/files/0501childMentalHealth.pdf.

2. Notice Inviting Applications: William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy: Grants for Indian Tribes & Tribal Organizations

Source: Federal Register: February 17, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 32)

Purpose of Program: The William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy Programs (Even Start), including the grants for Indian tribes & tribal organizations, are intended to help break the cycle of poverty & illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities of low-income families by integrating early childhood education, adult literacy or adult basic education, & parenting education into a unified family literacy program.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 11, 2005.
Applicable regulations, priorities, & other information are available online at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2005-1/021705a.html

3. All Together Now: State Experiences in Using Community-Based Child Care to Provide Pre-Kindergarten

Source: CLASP.org - February 24, 2005

State pre-kindergarten programs have grown dramatically in the last two decades, and much more attention is being paid to the school readiness of children. This paper, commissioned by the Brookings Institution, studies the emergence of the mixed delivery model, in which pre-kindergarten is delivered in community-based settings and schools. It describes preliminary findings of CLASP survey of states that was undertaken to understand the policy choices, opportunities, and challenges of including community-based child care providers in their pre-kindergarten programs.

Available online at http://www.clasp.org/publications/all_together_now.pdf