May 3, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. New Snapshot - Examining Social Acceptance & Rejection
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - May 1, 2007
  2. May Is National Foster Care Month
      Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - May 1, 2007
  3. Recommendations for Improving Education Outcomes for Children in Foster Care
      Source: CLASP - Retrieved May 2, 2007
  4. New Practice & Policy Brief on Healing the Youngest Children
      Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - Retrieved May 1, 2007
  5. Implications of Age at Onset of Child Maltreatment
      Source: Children's Bureau Express - May 1, 2007
  6. Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention
      Source: National Academies Press - April 30, 2007
  7. What is the cost of a preschool program?
      Source: NIEER - Retrieved May 1, 2007

1. New Snapshot - Examining Social Acceptance & Rejection

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - May 1, 2007

The number of three to five year olds with disabilities included in regular classrooms increased by 32 percent between 1992 and 2001, according to the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs. This may provide access to similar educational experiences, but does it guarantee similar social experiences for these children? Are children with disabilities accepted or rejected by their classmates? This new FPG Snapshot summarizes the findings of a study that examined this issue. It is available online at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~snapshots/snap44.pdf

For more information see: Odom, S. L., Zercher, C., Shouming, L., Marquart, J. M., Sandall, S., & Brown, W. H. (2006). Social acceptance and rejection of preschool children with disabilities: A mixed-method analysis. Journal of Educational Psychology, 98(4), 807-823.

2. May Is National Foster Care Month

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - May 1, 2007

Each May, National Foster Care Month raises awareness about the urgent year-round needs of American children living in foster care. The campaign encourages citizens to get involved in the lives of these children in a variety of ways. For more information go to http://www.fostercaremonth.org/Pages/default.aspx

3. Recommendations for Improving Education Outcomes for Children in Foster Care

Source: CLASP - Retrieved May 2, 2007

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), the Child Welfare League of America, the Children's Defense Fund, Lutheran Services in America, and Voices for America's Children recently published a joint set of recommendations for improving educational outcomes for children living in foster care through amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act/Education Reauthorization in the No Child Left Behind Act. The authors discuss the need for schools to better understand the unique situations and experiences of children in foster care and for child welfare agencies to focus more on the educational needs and outcomes of the children they are serving. The recommendations are available online at http://www.clasp.org/publications/rec_nclb.pdf

4. New Practice & Policy Brief on Healing the Youngest Children

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - Retrieved May 1, 2007

A new Practice & Policy Brief, published by the American Bar Association and the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center, examines four model court-community partnerships designed to improve outcomes for maltreated infants, toddlers, and their families. The brief is entitled Healing the Youngest Children: Model Court-Community Partnerships. It can be accessed online at http://www.abanet.org/child/practice&policybrief_march07.pdf

5. Implications of Age at Onset of Child Maltreatment

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

The results of a recent study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology indicate that children who first experience abuse earlier in life (ages 0-5 years) are at greater risk for psychological problems such as anxiety and depression in adulthood than those who first experience abuse later in life (ages 6-11 years). To read the full abstract go to http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=search.displayRecord&uid=2007-01891-017

Article citation: Kaplow, J., & Widom, C. S. (2007). Age of Onset of Child Maltreatment Predicts Long-Term Mental Health Outcomes. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116(1), 176-187.

6. Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention

Source: National Academies Press - April 30, 2007

The National Academies Press (NAP) recently published the following new book: Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention
It can be read online at http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11622#toc

7. What is the cost of a preschool program?

Source: NIEER - Retrieved May 1, 2007

A recently published paper from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) examines the causes of differences in per-student costs of states' preschool programs. The goal is to assist state or local governments in assessing the mix of characteristics that are most effective for the budget available. To view the full report go to http://www.cbcse.org/media/download_gallery/Cost%20of%20Preschool.pdf