July 14, 2006

In this Issue:

1. Birth to 5 and Beyond: A Growing Movement in Early Education

Source: ZERO TO THREE - July 11, 2006

This article examines recent efforts by states and communities to develop comprehensive early education systems that support access to health care, strong families, and positive early learning experiences for young children. It is excerpted from an article of the same title in the July 2006 issue of the ZERO TO THREE Journal. Available at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/Birth_to_5_and_Beyond.pdf?docID=1741

2. New NECTC Transition Alert - State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) Indicators on Early Childhood Transition

Source: NECTC - July 7, 2006

The National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) has issued a new Transition Alert entitled State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) Indicators on Early Childhood Transition. It is available at http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/nectc/Documents/TRANSITIONALERTS/transitionAlertJune2006_SPP_APR.pdf

3. HHS Approves Child Care Waivers for Three States Recovering from Hurricane Disasters

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - July 11, 2006

On July 11, 2006, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced child care waivers to Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to access $60 million for child care services in support of hurricane Katrina and Rita recovery efforts. The waivers lift federal requirements for state matching funds in order for states to receive Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) funds. As a result of the waivers the following states will receive federal assistance for child care services with no obligation for state match contributions: Louisiana will receive $27 million; Mississippi will receive $2 million; and Texas will receive $31 million. For more information go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/news/press/2006/7_11_06_child_care_waivers.htm

4. Revised AAP Policy Statement - Identifying Infants and Young Children With Developmental Disorders in the Medical Home: An Algorithm for Developmental Surveillance and Screening

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - Retrieved July 12, 2006

This revised policy statement, published in the July issue of Pediatrics, provides an algorithm as a strategy to support health care professionals in developing a pattern and practice for addressing developmental concerns in children from birth through 3 years of age. The authors recommend that developmental surveillance be incorporated at every well-child preventive care visit. Any concerns raised during surveillance should be promptly addressed with standardized developmental screening tests. In addition, screening tests should be administered regularly at the 9-, 18-, and 30-month visits. For more information go to http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/118/1/405

Complete citation:
Council on Children with Disabilities, Section on Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Bright Futures Steering Committee, & Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Needs Project Advisory Committee. (2006). Identifying infants and young children with developmental disorders in the medical home: An algorithm for developmental surveillance and screening. Pediatrics, 118(1), 405-420.

5. Setting the Stage for Success: Implementation of Developmental and Behavioral Screening and Surveillance in Primary Care Practice

Source: Pediatrics - Retrieved July 14, 2006

This article, published in the July issue of Pediatrics, presents strategies for integrating developmental screening into pediatric offices. The strategies are drawn from lessons learned in North Carolina, which has developed a comprehensive system to significantly increase screening rates. For more information go to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=381569

Complete citation:
Earls, M. R., & Hay, S. S. (2006). Setting the stage for success: Implementation of developmental and behavioral screening and surveillance in primary care practice. Pediatrics, 118(1):e183-e188.

6. Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Source: Office of Head Start - July 11, 2006

The Office of Head Start is pleased to announce the launch of a new interactive website, the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC). The ECLKC offers relevant, timely information, knowledge and learning to Head Start programs and the early childhood community in an easy-to-use format. It will grow and evolve over the next several years and is designed to be a comprehensive resource for anyone involved with or interested in early childhood education. For complete information go to http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc