July 27, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. DEC's Final Comments on Proposed IDEA Part C Regulations
      Source: Division for Early Childhood - July 23, 2007
  2. New Briefs Related to State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Initiatives
      Source: Project THRIVE, National Center for Children in Poverty - July 26, 2007
  3. State and Community Policy Roundup: Progress on Infant-Toddler Issues Across the United States
      Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Network - July 24, 2007
  4. Literature Review - Developmental Problems and Early Intervention for Maltreated Children
      Source: ZERO TO THREE and the Institute for Social and Economic Development - Retrieved July 24, 2007
  5. 2007 KIDS COUNT Data Book Available Online
      Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - July 26, 2007
  6. Analysis of the Benefits and Costs of Head Start
      Source: Society for Research in Child Development - July 27, 2007
  7. Early Intervention and Recovery Among Children With Failure to Thrive: Follow-up at Age 8
      Source: Pediatrics - Retrieved July 23, 2007

1. DEC's Final Comments on Proposed IDEA Part C Regulations

Source: Division for Early Childhood - July 23, 2007

The Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Early Childhood (DEC) has submitted its final comments on the Part C Notice of Proposed Rule Making. They are available online at http://www.dec-sped.org/uploads/docs/policy_advocacy/IDEA/DEC_Final_Part_C_Comments_7_23_07.pdf. The deadline for comments was July 23, 2007.

2. New Briefs Related to State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Initiatives

Source: Project THRIVE, National Center for Children in Poverty - July 26, 2007

The following new briefs from Project THRIVE at the National Center for Children in Poverty are now available online. Project THRIVE provides policy support to the State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) initiatives funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

  • State of the States' ECCS Initiatives by Kay Johnson and Suzanne Theberge - summarizes the findings of a recent review of state ECCS plans, reports, and other related documents related to early childhood systems. Go to http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_748.html
  • Reducing Disparities Beginning in Early Childhood by Kay Johnson - reviews research on disparate risks and outcomes in early childhood and discusses the role of State ECCS initiatives in reducing these disparities. Go to http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_744.html

3. State and Community Policy Roundup: Progress on Infant-Toddler Issues Across the United States

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Network - July 24, 2007

A new State Policy Roundup from the ZERO TO THREE Policy Network provides highlights of state and community policy activities during the first six months of 2007 and reviews progress states and communities are making in serving infants, toddlers and their families. It is available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/PolicyRoundupJuly07.pdf?docID=3821

4. Literature Review - Developmental Problems and Early Intervention for Maltreated Children

Source: ZERO TO THREE and the Institute for Social and Economic Development - Retrieved July 24, 2007

Literature Review: Developmental Problems of Maltreated Children and Early Intervention Options for Maltreated Children by Crystal Wiggins, Emily Fenichel, and Tammy Mann - This new publication from ZERO TO THREE and the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED) examines common developmental problems that occur as a result of maltreatment in infants and toddlers under the age of 3 and looks at the positive impact of early intervention for these vulnerable young children. It is available online at http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/07/Children-CPS/litrev/index.htm

5. 2007 KIDS COUNT Data Book Available Online

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - July 26, 2007

Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2007 KIDS COUNT Data Book are now available and can be searched in an online database that allows users to generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles. Go to http://www.kidscount.org/datacenter/databook.jsp. This year's essay focuses on the 726,000 children who spend time in foster care each year and outlines steps that can be taken to ensure that every child has a genuine chance to be part of a lifelong family. It is available at http://www.kidscount.org/datacenter/db_essay.jsp

6. Analysis of the Benefits and Costs of Head Start

Source: Society for Research in Child Development - July 27, 2007

The current issue of Social Policy Report includes a cost-benefit analysis of Head Start's impacts on participating children and on society as a whole by researchers Jens Ludwig of the University of Chicago and Deborah Phillips of Georgetown University. Commentaries from Thomas D. Cook and Vivian C. Wong of Northwestern University and Steve Barnett, Director of the National Institute on Early Education Research (NIEER) are included. It is available online at http://www.srcd.org/documents/publications/spr/21-3_early_childhood_education.pdf

7. Early Intervention and Recovery Among Children With Failure to Thrive: Follow-up at Age 8

Source: Pediatrics - Retrieved July 23, 2007

The results of a study examining the impact of early intervention provided to infants with failure to thrive on growth, academic/cognitive performance, and home/classroom behavior at age 8 was published in the July issue of Pediatrics. Findings demonstrated that clinical intervention and home visiting programs lessoned some of the negative effects of failure to thrive. An abstract with more information is available online at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/120/1/59?etoc

Article citation: Black MM, Dubowitz H, Krishnakumar A, et al. 2007. Early intervention and recovery among children with Failure to Thrive: Follow-up at age 8. Pediatrics, 120(1):59-69.