September 5, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. New Video from Pre-K Now: "What Children Learn in Pre-K"
      Source: Pre-K Now - Retrieved September 5, 2008
  2. New Early Head Start Series for Infant-Toddler Teachers and Home Visitors
      Source: Early Head Start National Resource Center - Retrieved September 5, 2008
  3. Census Bureau Report on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States
      Source: U.S. Census Bureau - August 26, 2008
  4. Research Findings - Low Birth Weight Babies at Increased Risk for Behavior and Attention Problems
      Source: Pediatrics and Archives of General Psychiatry - Retrieved September 5, 2008
  5. Child Welfare Outcomes 2002-2005: Report to Congress
      Source: Children's Bureau - September 3, 2008

1. New Video from Pre-K Now: "What Children Learn in Pre-K"

Source: Pre-K Now - Retrieved September 5, 2008

Pre-K Now has released a new video entitled What Children Learn in Pre-K, which follows the stories of five young children attending a high-quality pre-kindergarten program through a full school year. The video shows how quality pre-k helps children prepare for success in school and in life. Suggestions for how the video can be used with parents, educators, community leaders, lawmakers and others are provided. It can be viewed online at http://preknow.org/resource/whatchildrenlearn.cfm

See also, a related fact sheet from Pre-K Now entitled What is High Quality? (2008) at http://preknow.org/policy/factsheets/highquality.cfm

2. New Early Head Start Series for Infant-Toddler Teachers and Home Visitors

Source: Early Head Start National Resource Center - Retrieved September 5, 2008

The Early Head Start National Resource Center at ZERO TO THREE has published a new series for infant toddler teachers and home visitors that focus on early development and quality services. A companion manual for trainers is also available. Go to http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/Professional%20Development/Staff%20Development/All%20Staff/SharingKnowledge.htm

3. Census Bureau Report on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States

Source: U.S. Census Bureau - August 26, 2008

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its annual report entitled Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007. The report shows that in 2007, 13.3 million or 18 percent of children in the U.S. were living in poverty, an increase from the 17.4 percent who were living in poverty in 2006. Additionally, children in poverty were more likely to be uninsured than the population of all children 17.6 percent compared with 11.0 percent. The full report is available at http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/p60-235.pdf

4. Research Findings - Low Birth Weight Babies at Increased Risk for Behavior and Attention Problems

Source: Pediatrics and Archives of General Psychiatry - Retrieved September 5, 2008

The following two recently published studies find that low birth weight babies are at increased risk for later behavior and attention problems:

  • Samara, M., Marlow, N., & Wolke, D. (2008). Pervasive Behavior Problems at 6 Years of Age in a Total-Population Sample of Children Born at ≤25 Weeks of Gestation. Pediatrics, 122(3), 562-573 (DOI:10.1542/peds.2007-3231) - The full abstract is available online at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/short/122/3/562
  • Bohnert, K. M., & Breslau, N. (2008). Stability of Psychiatric Outcomes of Low Birth Weight: A Longitudinal Investigation. Archives of General Psychiatry, 2008; 65 (9): 1080 (DOI: 10.1001/archpsyc.65.9.1080) - The full abstract is available online at http://archpsyc.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/65/9/1080

5. Child Welfare Outcomes 2002-2005: Report to Congress

Source: Children's Bureau - September 3, 2008

The Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released Child Welfare Outcomes 2002-2005: Report to Congress, the seventh in a series of reports designed to inform Congress, the States, and the public about State performance on seven national child welfare outcomes related to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children involved in the child welfare system. It is available online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cwo05/index.htm