November 4, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. Common Purpose: Sharing Responsibility for Child and Family Outcomes
      Source: NCCP - Retrieved November 3, 2006
  2. New FPG Snapshot - Fathers Play Significant Role in Language Development of Young Children
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - November 2, 2006
  3. November is Prematurity Awareness Month
      Source: March of Dimes - November 1, 2006
  4. Children's Mental Health: Facts for Policymakers
      Source: NCCP - November 3, 2006
  5. From Science to Public Policy: Premature Infants
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - October 30, 2006

1. Common Purpose: Sharing Responsibility for Child and Family Outcomes

Source: NCCP - Retrieved November 3, 2006

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published the keynote speech to the Early Childhood Networking Conference by author and policy expert Lisbeth Schorr. Schorr discusses what early childhood comprehensive systems (ECCS) leaders need to know about on-the-ground challenges and opportunities in the hard work of creating systems change. It is available online at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_671.html

2. New FPG Snapshot - Fathers Play Significant Role in Language Development of Young Children

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - November 2, 2006

The findings of a recent study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's FPG Child Development Institute and School of Education demonstrate that in families with two working parents, fathers had a greater impact than mothers on their children's language development between ages 2 and 3. Researchers videotaped parents and their 2-year-old children in their homes during playtime. The children of fathers who used more diverse vocabularies had greater language development when they were tested one year later. However, the mothers' vocabulary did not significantly affect a child's language skills. To read a summary of the findings go to http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~images/pdfs/snapshots/snap34.pdf. The complete findings are published in the November/December 2006 issue of the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

3. November is Prematurity Awareness Month

Source: March of Dimes - November 1, 2006

The March of Dimes has named November as Prematurity Awareness Month to draw attention to this increasing public health problem. Between 1981 and 2003, the rate of premature births has risen by nearly 31 percent. Every day 1 in 8 babies born in the U.S. arrives too soon. Every year almost 500,000 infants are born prematurely. To learn more, visit the March of Dimes Web site at http://www.marchofdimes.com/prematurity/

4. Children's Mental Health: Facts for Policymakers

Source: NCCP - November 3, 2006

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has developed a fact sheet on mental health that highlights the nature of mental health problems among children and the lack of adequate services. Latino children are less likely to receive services than children of other ethnic groups. Preschool children face expulsion rates three times higher than children in kindergarten through 12th grade - a factor attributed in part to lack of attention to social-emotional needs. African-American preschoolers are 3 to 5 times more likely to be expelled than their white, Latino, or Asian-American peers. Public policy strategies to improve mental health services for children are reviewed. The fact sheet is available online at http://nccp.org/publications/pub_687.html

5. From Science to Public Policy: Premature Infants

Source: ZERO TO THREE - October 30, 2006

November is Prematurity Awareness Month. In recognition of this important issue, Zero to Three's latest "From Science to Public Policy" article is devoted to the developmental issues associated with prematurity, the policy implications, and opportunities for advocacy action. It is available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/Prematurity_Infants.pdf?docID=1921