September 21, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. Autism Speaks - Fall 2007 Initiatives and Events
      Source: Autism Speaks - Retrieved September 21, 2007
  2. Updated Demographic Information About Low-Income Children
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty and Annie C. Casey Foundation - September 20, 2007
  3. The Future of Children - Reducing Poverty through Preschool Interventions
      Source: The Future of Children - September 20, 2007
  4. Matrix of Research on Early Childhood Education Outcomes
      Source: Public Policy Forum - Retrieved September 19, 2007

1. Autism Speaks - Fall 2007 Initiatives and Events

Source: Autism Speaks - Retrieved September 21, 2007

The Autism Speaks Web site recently announced several initiatives and events it has planned for Fall 2007. These include a variety of tools for families impacted by autism, public awareness efforts and events, and science-focused initiatives. To learn more go to http://www.autismspeaks.org/press/fall_2007_preview.php

2. Updated Demographic Information About Low-Income Children

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty and Annie C. Casey Foundation - September 20, 2007

The National Center for Children in Poverty recently updated several of their publications with the most recent Census data. These include:

Since 2000 there are 1.7 million more children living in low-income families and 43% of children under age 6 now live in low-income families (more than 10 million children). See also the latest state-level child poverty rates and rankings from the Annie C. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT database at http://www.kidscount.org/datacenter/errata/update30.jsp

3. The Future of Children - Reducing Poverty through Preschool Interventions

Source: The Future of Children - September 20, 2007

The most recent issue of the Future of Children focuses on eight policy proposals for reducing poverty in the U.S. An article entitled Reducing Poverty through Preschool Interventions by Greg Duncan, Jens Ludwig, and Katherine Magnuson, discusses how high-quality care for disadvantaged preschool children can help reduce poverty in the long term.
To read this article go to http://www.futureofchildren.org/information2826/information_show.htm?doc_id=522136
The full journal issue is available at http://www.futureofchildren.org/pubs-info2825/pubs-info_show.htm?doc_id=521579

4. Matrix of Research on Early Childhood Education Outcomes

Source: Public Policy Forum - Retrieved September 19, 2007

The Public Policy Forum recently created a matrix of research on early childhood education comparing outcomes across studies. Overall, it shows that existing research supports the connection between higher quality early childhood programs and long-term benefits in a number of areas. It is available at http://www.publicpolicyforum.org/Matrix.htm