May 30, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. New Edition of the Bright Futures Guidelines Now Available
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - Retrieved May 27, 2008
  2. New CELL Paper - Measuring Training and Practice Fidelity in Capacity-Building Scaling-Up Initiatives
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - May 29, 2008
  3. Nourishing Development: A Report on Food Insecurity and the Precursors to School Readiness
      Source: Children's Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program - Retrieved May 28, 2008
  4. Webinar - Partnering with the Private and Philanthropic Sectors: A Governor's Guide to Investing in Early Childhood
      Source: National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices - May 29, 2008
  5. The Condition of Education 2008
      Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences - May 29, 2008
  6. NIH Researchers Find That Rett Syndrome Gene is Full of Surprises
      Source: National Institutes of Health - May 29, 2008

1. New Edition of the Bright Futures Guidelines Now Available

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - Retrieved May 27, 2008

The 3rd edition of Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (2008), published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) with funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), is now available. These guidelines provide comprehensive information for health care providers on developmental surveillance and milestones, physical exams, screening procedures, and immunization recommendations.

PDF's of each chapter can be downloaded at http://brightfutures.aap.org/3rd_Edition_Guidelines_and_Pocket_Guide.html.
To view videos in which experts share their perspectives about the Bright Futures Guidelines go to the Multimedia Gallery at http://brightfutures.aap.org/multimedia.html.

2. New CELL Paper - Measuring Training and Practice Fidelity in Capacity-Building Scaling-Up Initiatives

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - May 29, 2008

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has published a new paper entitled Measuring Training and Practice Fidelity in Capacity-Building Scaling-Up Initiatives by Carl J. Dunst, Carol M. Trivette, Maurice McInerney, Rebecca Holland-Coviello, Tracy Masiello, Fiona Helsel, & Anya Robyak. It was developed to help guide the development of fidelity indicators and the collection of fidelity data to document the extent to which training methods and targeted practices are used as planned and intended. Available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/cellpapers/cellpapers_v3_n1.pdf

3. Nourishing Development: A Report on Food Insecurity and the Precursors to School Readiness

Source: Children's Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program - Retrieved May 28, 2008

The Children's Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program (C-SNAP), a national network of pediatric and public health researchers who study young, low-income children's health, growth, and development, recently updated a report entitled Nourishing Development: A Report on Food Insecurity and the Precursors to School Readiness among Very Young Children. Findings suggest that babies and toddlers from food insecure families are 76% more likely to be at developmental risk than babies and toddlers from food secure families. Strategies to reduce food insecurity and promote the development of very young children are provided. Available at http://www.c-snap.org/upload/resource/nourishing_development_2_08.pdf

4. Webinar - Partnering with the Private and Philanthropic Sectors: A Governor's Guide to Investing in Early Childhood

Source: National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices - May 29, 2008

The National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices (NGO) is hosting a webinar on June 10th from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET to announce the release of a new report entitled Partnering with the Private and Philanthropic Sectors: A Governor's Guide to Investing in Early Childhood. The webinar will include a panel of presenters highlighting recommendations from the report. It is open to all governors' offices, state policymakers and early childhood organizations.

Registration is required for the web-based portion of the call. To RSVP, please e-mail Cardella Mingo at cmingo@nga.org by 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 4 with the following information: Name, Title & Affiliation, State. No RSVP is necessary to participate in the conference call portion. To join the call please dial 1-866-537-1630 and enter pass code 6259961#.

5. The Condition of Education 2008

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences - May 29, 2008

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has released The Condition of Education 2008, a congressionally mandated report that provides an annual portrait of education in the United States. The 43 indicators included in this year's report cover all aspects of education, including Early Education and Child Care Arrangements of Young Children and Children and Youth With Disabilities in Public Schools. It is available online at http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/

6. NIH Researchers Find That Rett Syndrome Gene is Full of Surprises

Source: National Institutes of Health - May 29, 2008

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has transformed scientists' understanding of Rett syndrome, a genetic disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls, robbing them of language, cognitive and fine motor skills around the time they are learning to walk. Until now, scientists thought that the gene behind Rett syndrome was an "off" switch, or repressor, for other genes. But the new study, published on May 29, 2008 in Science, shows that it is an "on" switch for a startlingly large number of genes. For more information see the press release at http://www.nih.gov/news/health/may2008/ninds-29.htm