June 15, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. New Products from TRACE (Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence)
      Source: TRACE - Retrieved June 12, 2006
  2. The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005—Opportunities and Challenges for ECCS Initiatives
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved June 15, 2006
  3. A Guide to Calculating the Cost of Quality Early Care and Education
      Source: Finance Project - Retreived June 15, 2006
  4. HHS Publishes Fatherhood Manual
      Source: HHS - June 15, 2006
  5. Research Brief: Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education
      Source: Family Involvement Network of Educators - Retrieved June 15, 2006

1. New Products from TRACE (Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence)

Source: TRACE - Retrieved June 12, 2006

The following 2006 products from TRACE, the Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence, are available on their Web site at http://www.tracecenter.info/products.php:

TRACE Practice Guides

TRACE Snapshots

2. The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005—Opportunities and Challenges for ECCS Initiatives

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved June 15, 2006

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) changes to Medicaid affect health access and coverage for children, starting with those ages birth to 5 years. State policymakers and family advocates working to develop Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) and those implementing ECCS plans will need to use their tools and knowledge wisely to ensure a positive impact from the DRA on young children. This first Project THRIVE Short Take highlights opportunities and cautions for states concerning:

  • Eligibility for children with disabilities
  • Family cost sharing
  • Benefits and benchmark plans
  • Case management
  • Proof of citizenship
Available online at http://nccp.org/publications/pub_664.html

3. A Guide to Calculating the Cost of Quality Early Care and Education

Source: Finance Project - Retreived June 15, 2006

A new guide from the Finance Project entitled A Guide to Calculating the Cost of Quality Early Care and Education is now available online. The purpose of the guide is to help policymakers, community leaders, and program developers create accurate estimates of what high-quality early care and education systems cost. A case study of the cost modeling process the Finance Project facilitated in Kansas City is used to illustrate how one locality calculated the cost of increasing the quality of early care and education services. For more information and to access the guide online go to http://www.financeproject.org/publications/costguide.pdf

4. HHS Publishes Fatherhood Manual

Source: HHS - June 15, 2006

The Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released a guide for child welfare workers to help fathers have a positive impact on their children's lives. The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children is the first guide for professionals that focuses specifically on how they can more effectively engage fathers whose children come to the attention of the child welfare system. To view this manual go to http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/fatherhood/fatherhood.pdf

5. Research Brief: Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education

Source: Family Involvement Network of Educators - Retrieved June 15, 2006

The Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) recently launched a new series of research briefs on family involvement in education. It is meant for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers. The first brief in the series, entitled Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education, synthesizes the latest research on how family involvement contributes to young children's learning and development. It is available online at http://www.hfrp.org/publications-resources/browse-our-publications/family-involvement-in-early-childhood-education