February 8, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. President's FY 2009 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - February 4, 2008
  2. Bright Futures: Early Childhood Developments in the States
      Source: National Governors Association' (NGA) - Retrieved February 8, 2008
  3. Research Findings - Inadequate Follow-up Services for Children With Very Low Birth Weight Enrolled in Medicaid
      Source: Pediatrics - Retrieved February 7, 2008
  4. New Research on the Economic Impact of Investing in Early Childhood Health
      Source: The Partnership for America's Economic Success - January 22, 2008
  5. Week of the Young Child 2008: Bring Communities Together for Children - Children Bring Communities Together
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - February 7, 2008

1. President's FY 2009 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - February 4, 2008

Information about the President's FY 2009 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education is now available online. Proposed funding for Special Education Preschool Grants (Part B, Section 619) and Grants for Infants and Families (Part C) is the same as for FY 2008. Funding for State Personnel Development is $48 M (up from $22.6 M for FY 2008). For more information on proposed funding for Special Education Services go to http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget09/summary/edlite-section2b.html

2. Bright Futures: Early Childhood Developments in the States

Source: National Governors Association' (NGA) - Retrieved February 8, 2008

The most recent edition of the NGA Center for Best Practices' newsletter, Bright Futures, features a summary of responses to an NGA Center survey on the nature and presence of state early childhood advisory councils. Also included are highlights from five governors' summits on early childhood. It is available online at http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0801BRIGHTFUTURESNEWS.PDF

3. Research Findings - Inadequate Follow-up Services for Children With Very Low Birth Weight Enrolled in Medicaid

Source: Pediatrics - Retrieved February 7, 2008

The results of a study published in the February issue of Pediatrics found that babies with very low birth weight enrolled in Medicaid receive inadequate critical follow-up services for vision and hearing impairments after leaving the hospital. The study provides important evidence that there is a large gap in the provision of key services for these vulnerable infants and underscores the importance of their enrollment in early intervention programs. To learn more go to http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/121/2/e278

Full citation: Wang, J. (2007). Population-Based Assessments of Ophthalmologic and Audiologic Follow-up in Children With Very Low Birth Weight Enrolled in Medicaid: A Quality-of-Care Study, Pediatrics, 121(2), e278-e285.

4. New Research on the Economic Impact of Investing in Early Childhood Health

Source: The Partnership for America's Economic Success - January 22, 2008

A new paper from researchers at Johns Hopkins University examines the costs and benefits of investing in four specific health problems in young children: exposure to tobacco smoke, unintentional injury, mental health problems, and obesity. While results vary for each of these issues, the study concludes that investing in early childhood health makes good economic sense.

To see the research brief go to http://www.partnershipforsuccess.org/uploads/200801_HopkinsBriefFINAL.pdf
For the full research report go to http://www.partnershipforsuccess.org/uploads/200801_HopkinsPaperFINAL.pdf

5. Week of the Young Child 2008: Bring Communities Together for Children - Children Bring Communities Together

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - February 7, 2008

The Week of the Young Child is April 13-19, 2008. Tools and information to help plan events and raise awareness of the needs of young children are available online at http://www.naeyc.org/about/woyc/.