May 12, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. RFP Now Available: Supporting Gubernatorial Leadership for Building Early Childhood Systems
      Source: NGA Center for Best Practices - Retrieved May 12, 2006
  2. Q & A - Changing the Environment to Improve the Outlook
      Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - Retrieved May 12, 2006
  3. Early Exposure to Toxic Substances Damages Brain Architecture (Working Paper No. 4)
      Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - May 12, 2006
  4. Journal Features Special Report On Child Mental Health
      Source: MCH Alert - May 5, 2006
  5. Using TANF for Early Childhood Programs
      Source: CLASP - May 10, 2006
  6. New Manual on Improving Child Developmental Services in Primary Care Practices
      Source: Commonwealth Fund - May 12, 2006
  7. The State of America's Children 2005
      Source: Children's Defense Fund - May 12, 2006

1. RFP Now Available: Supporting Gubernatorial Leadership for Building Early Childhood Systems

Source: NGA Center for Best Practices - Retrieved May 12, 2006

The NGA Center for Best Practices invites governors' offices to apply for competitive Building Early Childhood Systems grants that will support state leaders in three states to build comprehensive, coordinated early childhood (birth to age five) systems. Awarded in two phases, selected states will initially receive a grant up to $25,000 for Phase 1 activities. An additional $25,000 (maximum per state) for Phase 2 activities is contingent on annual Congressional appropriation of approved funding. This grant is funded by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Head Start Bureau. All states that are in good standing with NGA are eligible to apply. A fourth state may be selected if additional funding from non-federal sources is received.

Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, June 16, 2006. For complete information go to http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0605EARLYCHILDRFP.PDF [Note: Link checked on 5/6/2009 - this document is no longer available online.]

2. Q & A - Changing the Environment to Improve the Outlook

Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - Retrieved May 12, 2006

In this Q&A Nathan Fox, member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and Professor of Human Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, discusses how changes in environmental conditions can help temper the negative effects of a child's predisposition toward fearfulness and anxiety. Available online at http://www.developingchild.net/pubs/persp/Changing_Environment/Changing_Environment.html

3. Early Exposure to Toxic Substances Damages Brain Architecture (Working Paper No. 4)

Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - May 12, 2006

A new paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child entitled: Early exposure to toxic substances damages brain architecture (Working Paper No. 4) is now available online at http://www.developingchild.net/pubs/wp/Early_Exposure_Toxic_Substances_Brain_Architecture.pdf

4. Journal Features Special Report On Child Mental Health

Source: MCH Alert - May 5, 2006

The May/June 2006 issue of Public Health Reports features a collection of six articles that offer a variety of perspectives on the problems facing the child mental health system and solutions to addressing children's mental health issues. Topics include child mental health and public health; mental health in schools; improving the care of children with mental illness; estimating the prevalence of early childhood serious emotional and behavioral disorders; patterns of mental health, primary care, and specialty care use; and use of the American Academy of Pediatrics-recommended disciplinary practice guidelines in Head Start programs. The issue is available to subscribers at http://www.publichealthreports.org.

[Originally published in MCHAlert 2006 National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University. Reprinted with permission.]

5. Using TANF for Early Childhood Programs

Source: CLASP - May 10, 2006

Using TANF for Early Childhood Programs by Mark Greenberg, Danielle Ewen, and Hannah Matthews. In recent years, states have made significant investments in pre-kindergarten programs in order to help young children enter school ready to learn. Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds are among the sources states have tapped to support some or all of their early childhood initiatives. This brief outlines when and how states can use TANF funds to support early childhood programs, and examines the impact of TANF changes included the 2006 federal budget (called the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005) on this use. Available at http://www.clasp.org/publications/tanf_early_childhood.pdf

6. New Manual on Improving Child Developmental Services in Primary Care Practices

Source: Commonwealth Fund - May 12, 2006

By improving their office systems, pediatric practices can offer better developmental care to the children and families they serve. A new manual, A Practical Guide for Healthy Development, has been developed by the Healthy Development Learning Collaborative, a 12-month quality improvement initiative, to give offices step-by-step guidance on how to revise their office systems. The initiative was designed to help primary care practices in Vermont and North Carolina engage families in a partnership to promote positive developmental outcomes for the families' children. For more information go to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/innovations/innovations_show.htm?doc_id=372065&#doc372065

7. The State of America's Children 2005

Source: Children's Defense Fund - May 12, 2006

This special edition of The State of America's Children takes a close look at 37 million people living in America who are poor (including 13 million children) and the growing numbers of families struggling to survive. It includes the most recent (September 2005) U.S. poverty data; personal stories; in-depth analyses of the current status of family income, child health, child care and early childhood development, education, child welfare, and youth development; policy success stories; and recommendations for just treatment for children and poor families. For more information go to http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/state-of-americas-children-2005-report.html