August 11, 2005

In this Issue:

1. American Indian and Alaska Native Children: Findings From the Base Year of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)

Source: - August 11, 2005

A study released by the U.S. Department of Education today provides descriptive information about American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children born in the United States in 2001. It presents information on characteristics of their families, on children's mental and physical skills, on children's first experiences in childcare, on the fathers of these children, and on their prenatal care. The report profiles data from a nationally representative sample of children at about 9 months of age both overall, and for various subgroups (i.e., male and female, AIAN children living in different types of families, AIAN children living in poverty).

This report tells us that about one-third of AIAN children live in poverty (34 percent), about one-third live in households where the mother has less than a high school education (34 percent); three-quarters live in households with two parents, and about 1 in 10 (11 percent) were born to teen-aged mothers. Nonetheless, AIAN children at about 9 months of age do not perform significantly differently from the general population of children in terms of early mental and physical skills, such as exploring objects in play, babbling, eye-hand coordination and pre-walking skills. For more information and to download the report go to

2. Materials from the 2005 Child Care Policy Research Consortium Meeting

Source: - August 4, 2005

Materials from the annual Child Care Policy Research Consortium Meeting that was held in March 2005, are now available online. The Child Care Policy Research Consortium is a national alliance of research projects sponsored by the Child Care Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with the goal of improving the quality of child care research, identifying and responding to critical issues, and linking child care research with policy and practice. To access summaries of sessions, PowerPoint presentations, posters, and handouts from this year's conference, please visit Frontiers in Child Care Research: Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium.