April 5, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. HHS Releases National Statistics on Child Abuse and Neglect for 2005
      Source: Children's Bureau - April 3, 2007
  2. Preschool Curriculum Decision-Making: Dimensions to Consider
      Source: NIEER - Retrieved April 5, 2007
  3. Early Head Start and Teen Parent Families: Partnerships for Success
      Source: CLASP - Retrieved April 3, 2007
  4. Village Building and School Readiness: Closing Opportunity Gaps in a Diverse Society
      Source: SECPTAN - Retrieved April 3, 2007
  5. April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month
      Source: Children's Bureau Express - April 3, 2007

1. HHS Releases National Statistics on Child Abuse and Neglect for 2005

Source: Children's Bureau - April 3, 2007

According to the latest figures released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 899,000 children were abused or neglected in fiscal year 2005. Of these children, 54.5 percent were 7 years old or younger, with children ages 0-3 years having the highest rate of victimization. To read the full report see Child Maltreatment 2005 on the Children's Bureau website at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm05/index.htm

2. Preschool Curriculum Decision-Making: Dimensions to Consider

Source: NIEER - Retrieved April 5, 2007

The educational effectiveness of preschool relies on the content of what children learn and how it is taught. This new policy brief from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) provides a framework for preschool program decision-makers to use in determining the content of what children should learn, as well as how they will best learn it in their specific program. For more information and to access the full policy brief go to http://nieer.org/docs/index.php?DocID=142

3. Early Head Start and Teen Parent Families: Partnerships for Success

Source: CLASP - Retrieved April 3, 2007

Teen parent families often face multiple risks that may be complicated by issues involving disability, abuse, or neglect. This new brief from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) examines the benefits for teen parents of participating in Early Head Start (EHS) programs and specifically, for those teen parents involved with the child protective services system and for those with disabilities. It is available online at http://www.clasp.org/publications/ehs_teens.pdf

4. Village Building and School Readiness: Closing Opportunity Gaps in a Diverse Society

Source: SECPTAN - Retrieved April 3, 2007

The State Early Childhood Policy Technical Assistance Network (SECPTAN) recently published a new report entitled Village Building and School Readiness: Closing Opportunity Gaps in a Diverse Society. This publication focuses on special issues and opportunities for building early learning systems in what have variously been described as vulnerable neighborhoods, disinvested neighborhoods, or poor, immigrant, and minority communities. It is now available online at http://www.aecf.org/upload/publicationfiles/ch3624j66.pdf

5. April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Source: Children's Bureau Express - April 3, 2007

The goal of this year's National Child Abuse Prevention Month, "Promoting Healthy Families in Your Community," is to encourage service providers and concerned citizens to support parents and caregivers as they work to strengthen their families and provide safe, loving homes and communities for their children. A free resource packet highlighting strategies that can that can be used toward this goal is available online at http://www.preventchildabuse.org/publications/cap/downloads/CAP_2007_Packet.pdf. It includes resources in English and Spanish.