November 14, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Governorsí Summits on Early Childhood: Raising Awareness and Implementing Plans for Children Birth to Five
      Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - November 10, 2008
  2. Webcast on Teen Mothers and the Risks Faced by Their Children
      Source: Urban Institute - Retrieved November 14, 2008
  3. New Brief on Infants and Toddlers in Child Care
      Source: ZERO TO THREE and the Center for Law and Social Policy - Retrieved November 10, 2008
  4. New Program Teaches Preschoolers Reading Skills, Getting Along With Others
      Source: National Institutes of Health - November 14, 2008

1. Governorsí Summits on Early Childhood: Raising Awareness and Implementing Plans for Children Birth to Five

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - November 10, 2008

In 2006 and 2007 the National Governors Association Center on Best Practices awarded $10,000 grants to 17 states to host statewide summits on early childhood and draw attention to the needs of very young children. With support from the Buffett Early Childhood Fund and an anonymous donor, the summits are helping Governors convene key stakeholders around state action plans for early childhood development. A new article from the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center highlights the 10 states which received grants in 2007: AK, CT, FL, KS, ME, MI, OR, SD, UT and VA. It is online at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/NGASummit2008.pdf?docID=6601

2. Webcast on Teen Mothers and the Risks Faced by Their Children

Source: Urban Institute - Retrieved November 14, 2008

The Urban Institute recently held a live audio webcast entitled The Real Costs of Teen Motherhood, which examined the high rates of teen pregnancy in America, the many costs and policy implications of teen motherhood, and the increased risks faced by children of teen mothers - including maltreatment, being placed into foster care, and incarceration. A recording of the event and related resources are available online at http://www.urban.org/events/thursdayschild/October2008.cfm

3. New Brief on Infants and Toddlers in Child Care

Source: ZERO TO THREE and the Center for Law and Social Policy - Retrieved November 10, 2008

ZERO TO THREE and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently released a new joint policy brief entitled, Infants and Toddlers in Child Care, by Julie Cohen and Danielle Ewen. The brief discusses the unique position of Congress to support the early learning and development of our nation's youngest children and offers policy recommendations for the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and other initiatives supported by CCDBG. It is available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/Infants_and_Toddlers_in_Child_Care_Brief.pdf?docID=6561

4. New Program Teaches Preschoolers Reading Skills, Getting Along With Others

Source: National Institutes of Health - November 14, 2008

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies shows that it's possible to teach preschoolers the pre-reading skills they need for later school success, while at the same time fostering social and emotional development. To learn more and to read the full press release go to http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2008/nichd-14.htm