March 2, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. Applications Available - Improvement Partnerships, Phase Two
      Source: National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality - February 26, 2007
  2. New FPG Snapshot - Quality of Childcare Affects Language Development
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - March 2, 2007
  3. National Children's Study Seeks Proposals for New Study Centers
      Source: NIH News Release - March 2, 2007
  4. Resources on Child Traumatic Stress
      Source: Children's Bureau Express - March 1, 2007
  5. Spring Teleconferences - Sponsored by the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center
      Source: National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center - March 2, 2007

1. Applications Available - Improvement Partnerships, Phase Two

Source: National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality - February 26, 2007

The mission of the Improvement Partnerships Initiative, supported by the Commonwealth Fund and the Vermont Department of Health, is to build state and regional capacity for the improvement of health care for all children, with a focus on developmental screening and surveillance for young children. To date, five states/regions (RI, NY, WA, AZ, DC) selected during Phase I have successfully launched Improvement Partnership programs. Complete information and applications for Phase II are now available online at http://www.nichq.org/NICHQ/Programs/CollaborativeLearning/ImprovementPartnership.htm [Note: Link checked on 11/26/2007 - this document is no longer available online]

Intent to Apply due: March 8, 2007
Application due: March 27, 2007

2. New FPG Snapshot - Quality of Childcare Affects Language Development

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - March 2, 2007

A study recently published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology examines for the first time how the quality of childcare affects the development of specific language components. The study is unique in that participants were demographically homogenous all were white children of dual earner parents who had some level of higher education and were of middle income. To read a brief summary of the findings go to http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~snapshots/snap40.pdf

Full citation:
Vernon-Feagans, L., Hurley, M. M., Yont, K. M., Wamboldt, P. M., & Kolak. A. (2007). Quality of childcare and otitis media: Relationship to children's language during naturalistic interactions at 18, 24, and 36 months. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 28(2).

3. National Children's Study Seeks Proposals for New Study Centers

Source: NIH News Release - March 2, 2007

The National Children's Study, which began in 2005 with the awarding of contracts to seven initial centers, has issued a request for proposals to award contracts to up to 20 new study centers. These centers will manage operations in up to a total of 30 communities across the United States. The National Children's Study seeks to examine the effects of environmental influences on human health and development by enrolling a representative sample of more than 100,000 infants from across the United States and following them from before birth until age 21. To read the full press release and for links to the request for proposals go to http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/mar2007/nichd-02.htm

4. Resources on Child Traumatic Stress

Source: Children's Bureau Express - March 1, 2007

Child traumatic stress, particularly as experienced by children involved in the child welfare system, is the focus of the Winter 2007 issue of the online journal Focal Point. The articles discuss causes and definitions of child traumatic stress, the psychological and physiological effects of multiple traumatic stress experiences, evidence-based treatment strategies, and early intervention as prevention. Focal Point is a publication of the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health at Portland State University. The entire issue or individual articles are available at http://www.rtc.pdx.edu/pgFPW07TOC.php

5. Spring Teleconferences - Sponsored by the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center

Source: National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center - March 2, 2007

The National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center is sponsoring a series of spring teleconferences. Some of the topics of interest include:

  • The ABCs of Infant Mental Health (May 16, 2007)
  • Taming the Ghosts in the Nursery (June 26, 2007)
  • Supporting Families in Recovery through Infant Mental Health Interventions (July 17, 2007)
For information and to register go to http://aia.berkeley.edu/training/teleconference/teleconference_series.php