July 21, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. Pre-K and Latinos: The Foundation for America's Future
      Source: Pre-K Now - July 16, 2006
  2. Two-Thirds of Newborns Get Most of the Recommended Screening Tests
      Source: March of Dimes - July 11, 2006

1. Pre-K and Latinos: The Foundation for America's Future

Source: Pre-K Now - July 16, 2006

According to recent U. S. Census data, one in five children under the age of five in the United States is Hispanic. Research shows that these children are less likely than their white peers to start school with the basic math and reading skills needed for academic success. Only 40 percent of Latino children attend preschool, as compared with 60 percent of white and African American children. This new Pre-K Now report provides an overview of some of the obstacles Latino families face in accessing early learning opportunities for their children and offers strategies for increasing Latino participation in pre-k. It is available online at http://www.preknow.org/documents/Pre-KandLatinos_July2006.pdf

2. Two-Thirds of Newborns Get Most of the Recommended Screening Tests

Source: March of Dimes - July 11, 2006

According to the latest March of Dimes Newborn Screening Report Card, almost two-thirds of all babies born in the United States this year will be screened for more than 20 life-threatening disorders. This is nearly twice the rate as in 2005. This is the fourth year in a row that the March of Dimes has examined state-by-state newborn screening requirements. For more information go to http://www.marchofdimes.com/aboutus/15796_20475.asp. A map showing how each state is doing is available at http://www.marchofdimes.com/peristats/pdfdocs/nbs2006.pdf.