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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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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
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]
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.