March 18, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. Preschool Assessment Database
      Source: NIEER - Retrieved March 18, 2005
  2. Tune In to Newborn Hearing Screening - Policy Brief
      Source: AMCHP - March 2005
  3. State Fact Sheets on Child Welfare Funding
      Source: Children's Defense Fund - Retrieved March 15, 2005
  4. Children's Mental Health: An Overview and Key Considerations for Health System Stakeholders
      Source: NIHCM Foundation - Retrieved March 18, 2005

1. Preschool Assessment Database

Source: NIEER - Retrieved March 18, 2005

Preschool Assessment Database: Search for popular assessments by characteristic, create custom groupings to fit specific requirements, and view detailed information about individual assessments. The Assessment Database has been developed to assist policy makers, early childhood education professionals, and program administrators in learning more about assessments used with pre-K children. The database does not critique assessment instruments as to their relative desirability. Instead, it serves as a reference resource both for information about the assessments and for identifying the kinds of information that can be gathered when they are applied. Standardized tests as well as other assessment methods are included. Available at http://nieer.org/assessment/

2. Tune In to Newborn Hearing Screening - Policy Brief

Source: AMCHP - March 2005

A new policy brief from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), Tune In to Newborn Hearing Screening, discusses the impact of undetected hearing loss in infants and young children. The brief describes state and federal roles in early hearing detection, intervention, tracking, and data management. It then presents recommendations for achieving the national Healthy People 2010 goal of hearing screening of 100 percent of newborns by one month of age. Available at http://www.amchp.org/publications/ChildrensHealth/Documents/newborn-hearing-policy-brief.pdf

3. State Fact Sheets on Child Welfare Funding

Source: Children's Defense Fund - Retrieved March 15, 2005

The Children's Defense Fund recently released new national and state fact sheets on children with substantiated reports of abuse or neglect, children in foster care, number and length of placements, exits from foster care, children living with relative caregivers, and sources of funding for the care and services provided. The fact sheets show significant differences in the ways states fund their child welfare programs and suggest that federal child welfare financing proposals are likely to impact each state differently.

To view the fact sheets online go to http://www.childrensdefense.org/site/PageServer?pagename=childwelfare_financing_factsheets_default

4. Children's Mental Health: An Overview and Key Considerations for Health System Stakeholders

Source: NIHCM Foundation - Retrieved March 18, 2005

One of every five children and adolescents has a mental disorder, and one in ten has a serious emotional disturbance that affects daily functioning. But four out of five children who need mental health services do not receive them. This new issue paper from the National Institute for Health Care Management Research and Educational Foundation (NIHCM Foundation) provides an overview and highlights of key considerations for health system efforts to promote and improve the mental health of children and youth. It was written as background for the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation forum, Children's Mental Health: New Developments in Policy and Programs, held on May 13, 2004 in Washington, DC. Available at http://www.nihcm.org/CMHReport-FINAL.pdf.