April 28, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. New Products from the Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior
      Source: Center for Evidence Based Practices in Early Learning - April 27, 2006
  2. New Policy Brief - Early Literacy: Policy and Practice in the Preschool Years
      Source: NIEER - April 25, 2006
  3. Placing the First Year Findings of the Head Start National Impact Study in Context
      Source: Society for Research and Development - Retrieved April 27, 2006
  4. Health Coverage For Low-Income Populations: A Comparison Of Medicaid And SCHIP
      Source: Kaiser Family Foundation - Retrieved April 28, 2006
  5. NAEYC Issues 10 Standards for Quality Preschool and Child Care
      Source: NAEYC - April 2006
  6. New Online IDEA Parent Guide
      Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities - Retrieved April 28, 2006
  7. Child Maltreatment 2004
      Source: National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information - Retrieved April 28, 2006
  8. Two New Reports Discuss States' Efforts to Improve Mental Health and Primary Care Services for Young Children.
      Source: The Commonwealth Fund - April 19, 2006
  9. Early Head Start Enhanced Home Visiting Pilot
      Source: Mathematica Policy Research - April 28, 2006

1. New Products from the Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior

Source: Center for Evidence Based Practices in Early Learning - April 27, 2006

The following new products are now available on the resources page of the Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior Web site:

  • Being an Evidence-Based Practitioner - This fact sheet describes what evidence-based practitioners do, notes some of the challenges and offers advice for addressing those challenges.
  • Preventing Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Effective Practices - The single best way to address challenging behaviors in young children today is to take steps to make sure that they never occur. There are several broad-based early intervention strategies that researchers suggest to prevent challenging behaviors.
You can access these by visiting http://challengingbehavior.org/do/resources/tacsei_resources_all.htm

The following PowerPoint presentations are also available on the CEBP website for individuals to use in their own programs:
  • Impact and Prevalence: This presentation developed by Matt Timm and Lise Fox discusses the prevalence of social emotional issues and challenging behaviors in preschoolers as well as the impact that these issues have on children later in life if left untreated
  • Effective Practices for Preventing and Addressing Young Children's Challenging Behaviors developed by Mary Louise Hemmeter
You can access these by visiting http://challengingbehavior.org/communities/trainers.htm

2. New Policy Brief - Early Literacy: Policy and Practice in the Preschool Years

Source: NIEER - April 25, 2006

Early literacy plays an important role in supporting the kind of early learning experiences that research shows are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention, higher graduation rates and enhanced productivity in adult life. This policy brief synthesizes the body of professional knowledge about early literacy and offers research-based recommendations. View the full policy brief at http://nieer.org/resources/policybriefs/10.pdf

3. Placing the First Year Findings of the Head Start National Impact Study in Context

Source: Society for Research and Development - Retrieved April 27, 2006

The Society for Research and Development recently published a research-based response to the Head Start Impact Study entitled Placing the First Year Findings of the Head Start National Impact Study in Context. It provides a summary of the first-year findings of the Head Start Impact Study and is meant to help policy makers, practitioners, and the public interpret the Head Start Impact Study's first-year findings place the results to date in the context of other research on children's development. Available at http://www.srcd.org/documents/policy/Impactstudy.pdf

4. Health Coverage For Low-Income Populations: A Comparison Of Medicaid And SCHIP

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation - Retrieved April 28, 2006

Medicaid is often compared to the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) because both programs provide health coverage to low-income populations. However, the populations served, the coverage offered and the structure of these programs differ in very important ways. Despite these differences, recent changes related to cost sharing and benefits included in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) allow states to apply some SCHIP-like principles to the Medicaid program. This issue brief examines the similarities and difference between Medicaid and SCHIP as well as the implications of applying some SCHIP design features to the Medicaid program. Available at http://www.kff.org/medicaid/upload/7488.pdf

5. NAEYC Issues 10 Standards for Quality Preschool and Child Care

Source: NAEYC - April 2006

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has issued a 10-point quality checklist designed to provide families with a shorthand way to know whether or not a program provides excellent care and education. The checklist is designed to be used in addition to the organization's rigorous accreditation system. For more information go to http://www.naeyc.org/about/releases/20060416.asp

6. New Online IDEA Parent Guide

Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities - Retrieved April 28, 2006

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has created a new online Parent Guide to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It is primarily designed to explain the IDEA and what is new since the law was updated in 2004 in accessible language to parents, but is can also be used by classroom teachers to better understand the rights and requirements of children with special needs. For more information go to http://www.ncld.org/content/view/900/456084/.

7. Child Maltreatment 2004

Source: National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information - Retrieved April 28, 2006

The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information recently released its latest report summarizing child abuse statistics submitted by states to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) during 2004. It can be accessed online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm04/insidecover.htm

8. Two New Reports Discuss States' Efforts to Improve Mental Health and Primary Care Services for Young Children.

Source: The Commonwealth Fund - April 19, 2006

The following two new reports from the National Academy for State Health Policy and The Commonwealth Fund discuss developing successful partnerships with pediatric providers as one way state officials are trying to improve mental health and primary care services for their youngest, most vulnerable children.

  • Improving the Delivery of Health Care that Supports Young Children's Healthy Mental Development: Early Accomplishments and Lessons Learned from a Five-State Consortium, by Neva Kaye.
    The five states participating in the Fund's ABCD II initiative--designed to improve the delivery of mental health services for young children--are implementing policies and practices to improve developmental services, in particular, those that support the use of a standardized screening tool. The states have found that active partnerships with clinicians and pediatric organizations have been crucial in obtaining provider acceptance and support for improvement projects. Read the report to learn more about the early experiences of the ABCD states. Go to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=367138&
  • How States Are Working with Physicians to Improve the Quality of Children's Health Care, by Helen Pelletier.
    In their efforts to improve children's health care, many states are altering their relationship with the provider community. Not just regulators anymore, these states are partnering with pediatric clinicians through learning collaboratives, practice-based seminars, off-site workshops, and the Web. The report profiles state models and discusses lessons for other states that might want to pursue similar strategies. Go to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=367174&

9. Early Head Start Enhanced Home Visiting Pilot

Source: Mathematica Policy Research - April 28, 2006

The Enhanced Home Visiting Pilot Project, funded by the Head Start Bureau in 2004, supports the quality of care that kith and kin caregivers provide to infants and toddlers enrolled in home-based Early Head Start programs. This brief by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. describes the early implementation experiences of the pilot projects. It is based on visits to sites after one year of operation, as well as information on the characteristics of enrolled children, families, and caregivers. It is available online at http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/pdfs/kithkinisbr.pdf