July 22, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. New Definition of Family Centered Care / Cultural Competence
      Source: Maternal and Child Health Bureau - July 17, 2005
  2. America's Children: Key National Indicators of Children's Well-Being 2005
      Source: childstats.gov - July 2005
  3. Funding Opportunity - Head Start State Collaboration Offices
      Source: ACF Grant Opportunities - July 18, 2005
  4. State Statutes Series - State Laws on Abuse and Neglect, Child Welfare, and Adoption
      Source: nccanch.acf.hhs.gov/general/legal/index.cfm - Retrieved July 21, 2005

1. New Definition of Family Centered Care / Cultural Competence

Source: Maternal and Child Health Bureau - July 17, 2005

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs has developed a new definition and principles of family-centered care, and an explanation of how cultural competence should be integrated throughout family-centered care. Please see the attached roll out letter.

2. America's Children: Key National Indicators of Children's Well-Being 2005

Source: childstats.gov - July 2005

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2005 is a biennial report to the Nation on the condition of children in America. Nine contextual measures describe the changing population, family, and environmental context in which children are living, and 25 indicators depict the well-being of children in the areas of economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education. This year's report has special features on children with asthma, children with specified blood lead levels, and parental reports of children's emotional and behavioral difficulties. In addition, the report includes a special section on family structure and the well-being of children. Available at http://childstats.gov/americaschildren/index.asp

3. Funding Opportunity - Head Start State Collaboration Offices

Source: ACF Grant Opportunities - July 18, 2005

The Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families is requesting applications from eligible States to continue the Head Start State Collaboration Offices. The following States are eligible to apply for funding in Fiscal Year 2005 for a project period of five years: Kentucky, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas.

Since its inception, Head Start grantees have collaborated with an array of public and private entities to provide comprehensive services. In the increasingly complex funding and policy environment, Head Start recognizes the importance and role of the State in planning, policy development, and program administration that affects low-income children and their families. The Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) was established to maintain communication and ensure Head Start's participation in systems-integration strategies to benefit low-income children and their families. As States continue to expand their investment, the HSSCO continues to be a valuable catalyst to enhance relationships among Head Start programs, child care providers, and State pre-school programs.

For complete information go to [Note: Link checked on 11/26/2007 - this document is no longer available online. For other ACF grant opportunities go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/ ].

4. State Statutes Series - State Laws on Abuse and Neglect, Child Welfare, and Adoption

Source: nccanch.acf.hhs.gov/general/legal/index.cfm - Retrieved July 21, 2005

The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, both services of the Children's Bureau, have recently published the following publications related to State laws on child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption: