April 20, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. Committee on Developmental Outcomes and Assessments for Young Children
      Source: National Academies - Retrieved April 19, 2007
  2. Interactive Autism Network
      Source: Kennedy Krieger Institute - Retrieved April 16, 2007
  3. Week of the Young Child 2007: Building Better Futures for All Children
      Source: NAEYC - Retrieved April 19, 2007
  4. Maternal, Infant and Child Health - Healthy People 2010 Midcourse Review
      Source: Healthy People 2010 - Retrieved April 20, 2007
  5. Child Well-Being Index 2007 Report
      Source: Foundation for Child Development - April 17, 2007

1. Committee on Developmental Outcomes and Assessments for Young Children

Source: National Academies - Retrieved April 19, 2007

Congress has authorized the National Academies to convene a committee of independent experts to review and provide guidance on appropriate outcomes and assessments for young children. The committee will focus on the following two topics: (1) the identification of key outcomes associated with early stages of child development for children ages 0-5 and (2) the quality and purpose of different state-of-the art techniques and instruments for developmental assessments.

The committee will hold Meeting 1 on April 20-21, 2007 in Washington, DC.
To view the agenda go to http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/meetingview.aspx?MeetingID=2037&MeetingNo=1
To learn more about this project go to http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=48786

2. Interactive Autism Network

Source: Kennedy Krieger Institute - Retrieved April 16, 2007

The Kennedy Krieger Institute recently launched the first national online autism registry. The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) is designed to promote autism research by linking researchers and families. Anyone impacted by an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can join IAN's online community to stay informed about autism research, provide feedback, share information and become part of an important National research effort. For more information go to http://www.ianproject.org/

3. Week of the Young Child 2007: Building Better Futures for All Children

Source: NAEYC - Retrieved April 19, 2007

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose is to raise awareness about the needs of young children and their families and to support early childhood programs that meet those needs. NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child in 1971. This year's celebration is April 22-28, 2007. Resources, toolkits, and additional information are available online at http://www.naeyc.org/about/woyc/

4. Maternal, Infant and Child Health - Healthy People 2010 Midcourse Review

Source: Healthy People 2010 - Retrieved April 20, 2007

The Healthy People 2010 Midcourse Review is now available online. Chapter 16 highlights progress made toward meeting the Healthy People 2010 maternal, infant, and child health goals and objectives through the first half of the decade. It can be accessed online at http://www.healthypeople.gov/data/midcourse/pdf/FA16.pdf

5. Child Well-Being Index 2007 Report

Source: Foundation for Child Development - April 17, 2007

The Foundation for Child Development has released its 2007 Child Well-Being Index Report. The report is a comprehensive measure of how children are faring in the United States based on a composite of 28 Key Indicators of well-being, grouped into seven Quality-of-Life Domains. This year's report is an updated measure of trends over the 31-year period between 1975 to 2005, with projections for 2006. It is available online at http://www.fcd-us.org/usr_doc/2007CWIReport-Embargoed.pdf