June 30, 2006

In this Issue:

1. Meth and Child Welfare: Promising Solutions for Children, Their Parents and Grandparents

Source: Generations United - Retrieved June 26, 2006

Meth and child welfare: Promising solutions for children, their parents and grandparents - This new report, which was recently released at an event on Capitol Hill convened by Generations United and a number of cosponsors, examines the destructive impact of methamphetamine use on children, families, and communities. It includes information about how methamphetamine use is impacting the child welfare system, provides case studies of individual children and families who have experienced methamphetamine addiction, outlines recommendations for federal policy solutions, and provides strategies to help keep children safe. To access the report online go to http://ipath.gu.org/documents/A0/Meth_Child_Welfare_Final_cover.pdf

2. 2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book Now Available Online

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - Retrieved June 30, 2006

The 2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides national and state-by-state data on the well-being of America's children. States are ranked on 10 key indicators and information is provided on topics such as child health, immigrant children, education, and family economic conditions. The report shows that between 2000 and 2004, three of the ten child well-being indicators worsened, including the numbers of children living in poverty, the percentage of low-birthweight babies, and the number of children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment. This year's essay, Family, Friend and Neighbor Care; Strengthening a Critical Resource to Help Young Children Succeed, focuses on improving early childhood development opportunities for young children living in low-income neighborhoods and how to support family-based child care providers.

Data book - http://www.kidscount.org/datacenter/databook.jsp
Essay - http://www.kidscount.org/datacenter/db_essay.jsp

3. Emotional, Developmental, and Behavioral Health of American Children and Their Families: A Report from the 2003 National Survey of Children's Health

Source: Pediatrics - Retrieved June 30, 2006

Recent children's health surveys have documented a high prevalence of emotional, developmental, and behavioral problems among children. Data from the 2003 National Survey of Children's Health provide new insights into these problems and their association with family function and community participation. An article published in the June issue of Pediatrics uses the NSCH data to provide an emotional, developmental, and behavioral health "report card" for children, as well as an in-depth look at associations among developmental problems, family function, and community participation. More information is available at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/117/6/e1202.

Full citation for the article:
Blanchard LT, Gurka MJ, Blackman JA. 2006. Emotional, developmental, and behavioral health of American children and their families: A report from the 2003 National Survey of Children's Health. Pediatrics, 117(6):1202-1212