December 11, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. Early Childhood Education: Sound Foundations
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - December 7, 2006
  2. The Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural Areas: A Portrait of the Nation 2005
      Source: MCH Alert - December 8, 2006

1. Early Childhood Education: Sound Foundations

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - December 7, 2006

IES has released its fourth early childhood interventions report. The Early Childhood Education review focuses first on early childhood education interventions (curricula and practices) designed for use in center-based settings with 3- to 5-year-old children who are not yet in kindergarten or children who are in preschool, with a primary focus on cognitive and language competencies associated with school readiness (language, literacy, math, and cognition).

To access the Sound Foundations report and to view more information concerning the Early Childhood Education review, please visit http://www.nschdata.org/Content/Default.aspx

2. The Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural Areas: A Portrait of the Nation 2005

Source: MCH Alert - December 8, 2006

The Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural Areas: A Portrait of the Nation 2005 presents national- and state-level data on the health status, health care use, and risk factors experienced by infants, children, and adolescents (from birth to age 17) who reside in rural areas in the United States. The chartbook draws from an analysis of parent reports from the National Survey of Children's Health, which is supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Measures included oral, physical, and mental health; health care utilization and insurance status; and social well-being. Aspects of the environment (family structure, poverty level, parental health and habits, and community surroundings) were also assessed. The chartbook contains information about infants', children's, and adolescents' health and health care by location and by major demographic characteristics (age, sex, race and ethnicity, and family income). The technical appendix of the chartbook provides information about the survey sample and methodology. The report is available at http://mchb.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/. More detailed analyses of the survey results are available from the Data Resource Center on Child and Adolescent Health Web site at http://www.nschdata.org/Content/Default.aspx.