July 11, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Webcasts from the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - July 11, 2008
  2. Father Involvement Benefits Infants' Cognitive Development
      Source: Child Trends - July 11, 2008
  3. Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map
      Source: Illinois Early Learning Council - July 7, 2008
  4. New ZERO TO THREE Fact Sheet on SCHIP
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - July 7, 2008
  5. State-by-State Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) Data
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - July 7, 2008
  6. America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2008
      Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics - July 11, 2008
  7. Impact of a Prenatal Substance Abuse Treatment Program on Perinatal Outcomes
      Source: MCH Alert - July 11, 2008
  8. Colocating Health Services: A Way to Improve Coordination of Children's Health Care?
      Source: Commonwealth Fund - July 9, 2008

1. Webcasts from the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - July 11, 2008

The following webcasts and presentations from the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy, which was hosted by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University on June 26 - 27, 2008 are now available for viewing and listening to online at http://www.developingchild.harvard.edu/content/national_symposium.html

  • The Science of Child Development and the Future of Early Childhood Policy, by Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., Center on the Developing Child
  • Lessons Learned from Public-Private Partnerships, by Daniel Pedersen, Buffett Early Childhood Fund, and George B. Kaiser, George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • The Impact of Early Adversity on Brain Development, by Megan R. Gunnar, Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Pat R. Levitt, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; and Charles A. Nelson, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston
  • What Research Tells us About Early Childhood Program Effectiveness, by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Ph.D., Columbia University; Katherine Magnuson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Ph.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Improving Quality in Early Childhood Programs, by Charles J. Homer, M.D., M.P.H., National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality and Harvard School of Public Health
  • Delivering High-Value Services to Vulnerable Children, by Richard G. Frank, Ph.D.; and Ellen R. Meara, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
  • Learning from State Experience: Executive and Legislative Perspectives, by Sarah Daily, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices; Janice Gruendel, Governor's Senior Policy Advisor, Children & Youth (CT); Don Harmon, State Senator (IL); and Ruth Kagi, State Representative (WA)
The symposium was designed to build leadership capacity in the states for developing and implementing science-based policies that enhance children's learning, behavior, and health.

2. Father Involvement Benefits Infants' Cognitive Development

Source: Child Trends - July 11, 2008

A new Child Trends study entitled Involvement among Resident Fathers and Links to Infant Cognitive Outcomes, by Jacinta Bronte-Tinkew, Jennifer Carrano, Allison Horowitz, and Akemi Kinukawa, finds that fathers' involvement in a variety of activities with their infant children is positively associated with infant cognitive development. The study also shows that benefits are greater for male infants and for infants with a disability. The study is based on data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study - Birth Cohort, a nationally representative survey of children born in 2001. For more information go to http://jfi.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0192513X08318145v1

3. Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map

Source: Illinois Early Learning Council - July 7, 2008

At the request of the Illinois Early Learning Council, the University of Illinois (in collaboration with Chicago Metropolis 2020, a business advocacy group) has created an interactive, Web-based tool called the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM). IECAM combines community demographic information (on income levels, population distribution, Latino population, and parental employment) with data on early care and education from state agencies (birth to 5), Head Start, and the private sector. The site also includes a page of national resources that compare states on various indicators.

IECAM is designed to be used by state and local agencies, advocates, and proposal writers to inform planning for resource allocation. Funding has come primarily from foundations and state agencies. IECAM's creators would be glad to talk with other states who might be interested in doing something similar. IECAM is available at http://iecam.crc.uiuc.edu/. For more information contact Dawn Thomas at dthomas3@uiuc.edu

4. New ZERO TO THREE Fact Sheet on SCHIP

Source: ZERO TO THREE - July 7, 2008

ZERO TO THREE has published a new fact sheet on the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which expired on September 30, 2007. Last year, after two attempts by Congress to enact legislation to renew the program and two Presidential vetoes, a short-term extension was put in place to continue funding through March 31, 2009. The new SCHIP fact sheet is available at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/SCHIP_Brief.pdf?docID=5661.

5. State-by-State Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) Data

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - July 7, 2008

Individual state pages analyzing Head Start PIR data for 2006, which all programs are required to report to the federal government on an annual basis, are now available on the Web site of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). Data include information on programs, participants, families, and staff for all Head Start programs in each state, including preschool, Early Head Start, American Indian and Alaskan Native, and Migrant Head Start. To view the state pages go to http://www.clasp.org/publications/headstartpir2006.htm

6. America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2008

Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics - July 11, 2008

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has published its 2008 report on the well-being of children and families, entitled America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2008. The report provides data organized into the following seven sections: Family and Social Environment, Economic Circumstances, Health Care, Physical Environment and Safety, Behavior, Education, and Health. It is available online at http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/index.asp

7. Impact of a Prenatal Substance Abuse Treatment Program on Perinatal Outcomes

Source: MCH Alert - July 11, 2008

Substance abuse during pregnancy results in considerable adverse effects for women and their infants. Kaiser Early Start is a coordinated prenatal substance abuse treatment program that is part of Kaiser Permanente Northern California's (KPNC's) comprehensive prenatal program. A study involving 49,985 women in the KPNG program who completed prenatal substance abuse screening questionnaires between January 1, 1999, and June 30, 2003 shows that integrating substance abuse treatment with prenatal care is cost-effective and significantly decreases negative birth outcomes as well as maternal morbidity. To read a summary of findings go to http://www.mchlibrary.info/alert/2008/alert071108.html#4

Full article citation: Goler, N. C., Armstrong, M. A., Taillac, C. J., et al. (2008). Substance abuse treatment linked with prenatal visits improves perinatal outcomes: A new standard. Journal of Perinatology [published online ahead of print on June 26, 2008 - http://www.nature.com/jp/journal/v28/n9/abs/jp200870a.html]

8. Colocating Health Services: A Way to Improve Coordination of Children's Health Care?

Source: Commonwealth Fund - July 9, 2008

A new issue brief from the Commonwealth Fund entitled Colocating Health Services: A Way to Improve Coordination of Children's Health Care?, by Susanna Ginsburg, describes how colocating services--from mental health to nutritional counseling--in the same setting can strengthen a pediatric practice's ability to serve as medical home and address the multiple needs of young children and their families.