December 9, 2002

In this Issue:

  1. Child Health USA 2002 Released
      Source: MCH Alert - November 29, 2002
  2. New Analysis Proves Smart Start is Wise /Investment, Has Lasting Effect
      Source: Smart Start Times Online News Update - November 26, 2002
  3. Youth Advisory Committee Issues IDEA Recommendations
      Source: NCD Bulletin- November 2002 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  4. Bush Appoints Grover "Russ" Whitehurst As Director, Institute Of Education Science
      Source: EdNews - November 26, 2002
  5. Study Identifies SIDS Risk Factors Among American Indian Infants
      Source: NIH NEWS RELEASE -  December 3, 2002
  6. Scientific Research in Education
      Source: American Educational Research Association - November 2002
  7. Bringing Evidence-Driven Progress to Education
      Source: www.excelgov.org/ - November 2002

1. Child Health USA 2002 Released

Source: MCH Alert - November 29, 2002

Child Health USA 2002 is the 13th annual report from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) on the health status and service needs of America's children. MCHB compiled secondary data for 59 health status indicators. The report presents both graphical and textual summaries of data for the target populations of Title V
funding: infants, children, adolescents, children with special health care needs, and women of childbearing age. Health status and health services utilization are addressed, as are long-term trends, where applicable. The report is intended to provide public health professionals and other individuals in the private and public sectors with current child health data. The report
is available at http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/chusa02/index.htm.

[Originally published in MCHAlert ©  2002 National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University.  Reprinted with permission.]

2. New Analysis Proves Smart Start is Wise /Investment, Has Lasting Effect

Source: Smart Start Times Online News Update - November 26, 2002

 A new analysis released last week of the long-term effects of high quality early childhood programs confirms the value of Smart Start and programs that improve the quality of child care, especially for low income children and families.  The analysis concluded:
-For every $1 spent on high quality early education programs, taxpayers get $4 in benefits
-School districts save more than $11,000 per child because participants are less likely to require special or remedial education
- Students are more likely to perform well on intelligence tests, achievement in mathematics and reading
-Students are more likely to pursue higher education and delay parenting
-Preschool intervention is effective in improving achievement over the long term
-Children in high quality early childhood programs make roughly $143,000 more over their lifetimes than those who didn't take part in the program
-Low income mothers of children in the program became more self sufficient, held consistent employment and earned more

This independent, objective analysis conducted by co-authors Dr. Steven Barnett and Dr. Leonard Massey of Rutgers University, is based on the long running Abecedarian Early Childhood Project at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For the full study, go to http://nieer.org/resources/research/AbecedarianStudy.pdf

3. Youth Advisory Committee Issues IDEA Recommendations

Source: NCD Bulletin- November 2002 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

On November 20, the NCD Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) released its recommendations to NCD on the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  YAC developed and disseminated an inquiry that asked youth with disabilities to tell the committee about their special education experiences under IDEA. In response, YAC received direct communication from across the country. Respondents included students and former students with disabilities, parents/guardians, and others. YAC members used the data to develop recommendations for those interested in the implementation of IDEA. The findings and recommendations address issues of student empowerment, public education about IDEA, professional development, and cultural diversity.  For more information, visit http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/advisory/youth/yac_perspectives_11-20-02.htm [Note: Link checked on 02/24/2009 - this document is no longer available online]

4. Bush Appoints Grover "Russ" Whitehurst As Director, Institute Of Education Science

Source: EdNews - November 26, 2002

President Bush has appointed Grover "Russ" Whitehurst of New York, to serve a six-year term as director of the Institute of Education Sciences at the Department of Education. Whitehurst has served since July 2001 as the department's assistant secretary for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, which is being replaced by the new institute. Before joining the administration, he was leading professor of psychology and pediatrics and chair of the department of psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He completed his bachelor's degree at East Carolina University, and earned a master's degree and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois.  For additional information go to http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2002/11/11262002a.html

5. Study Identifies SIDS Risk Factors Among American Indian Infants

Source: NIH NEWS RELEASE -  December 3, 2002

A study of Northern Plains Indians found that infants were less likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
if their mothers received visits from public health nurses before and after giving birth.  The Aberdeen Area Infant Mortality Study, appearing in the December 4 "Journal of the American Medical Association", also found that binge drinking (five or more drinks at a time) during the mother's first trimester of pregnancy made it eight times more likely that her infant would die of
SIDS. Any maternal alcohol use during the periconceptional period (three months before pregnancy or during the first
trimester) was associated with a six-fold increased risk of SIDS. The study also found that infants were more likely to
die of SIDS if they wore two or more layers of clothing while they slept...  For the full press release go to: http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/dec2002/nichd-03.htm

The HHS-supported Back to Sleep Campaign recommends that all infants be placed on their backs for sleep to reduce
the risk of SIDS. Visit <http://www.nichd.nih.gov/sids/> for more information.

6. Scientific Research in Education

Source: American Educational Research Association - November 2002

Recent federal legislation, such as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001and related policy initiatives, has focused the attention of policymakers, researchers and practitioners on the nature and value of "scientific" research in education. In the November issue of Educational Researcher, eight scholars representing a broad range of approaches in educational research discuss key issues and what constitutes rigorous research in education.  Go to http://www.aera.net/publications/?id=438

7. Bringing Evidence-Driven Progress to Education

Source: www.excelgov.org/ - November 2002

To address the opportunity offered by No Child Left Behind, the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy undertook a collaborative initiative with the Education Department to explore how the Department can most effectively use its new authority to advance evidence-based education policy...  On November 18, the Coalition held a major policy forum with U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige.  To link to the Forum Overview and the Final Coalition Report (released at forum) go to: http://www.excelgov.org/admin/FormManager/filesuploading/coalitionFinRpt.pdf