February 6, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. 2009 Part C Formula Grant Award Application Package Now Available Online
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - February 5, 2009
  2. Reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Signed into Law
      Source: The White House - February 4, 2009
  3. What About the Babies? A Focus on Infants and Toddlers in State Advisory Councils
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - Retrieved February 3, 2009
  4. New Research on Outcomes of Children and Families Involved with Child Welfare
      Source: National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being - Retrieved February 3, 2009
  5. Grant Awards Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visitation Programs to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
      Source: Children's Bureau Express - February 2, 2009

1. 2009 Part C Formula Grant Award Application Package Now Available Online

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - February 5, 2009

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has posted its 2009 Grant Award Application Package for Receiving a Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2009 Grant Award Under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) online at http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/osep/2009apps.html

2. Reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Signed into Law

Source: The White House - February 4, 2009

On February 4, 2009, President Obama signed into law the reauthorized State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides insurance coverage to over 11 million children nationwide. The legislation also includes the Immigrant Children's Health Improvement Act (ICHIA), which will lift a 5-year ban on eligibility for legally residing children and pregnant women. To read the President's remarks go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/RemarksbyPresidentBarackObamaOnChildrensHealthInsuranceProgramBillSigning/

3. What About the Babies? A Focus on Infants and Toddlers in State Advisory Councils

Source: ZERO TO THREE - Retrieved February 3, 2009

A new paper from ZERO TO THREE, entitled What About the Babies? A Focus on Infants and Toddlers in State Advisory Councils (2009), reviews federal requirements for the creation of State Advisory Councils on Early Childhood Education and Care under the 2007 reauthorization of Head Start. The paper provides guidance on including a focus on infants and toddlers as states develop their State Advisory Councils and plan the activities of those Councils. Examples of State Advisory Councils in Connecticut, New Mexico, Ohio, and Virginia are included. The paper is available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/State_Advisory_Councils_Paper.pdf?docID=7121

4. New Research on Outcomes of Children and Families Involved with Child Welfare

Source: National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being - Retrieved February 3, 2009

The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) has recently released a number of new research briefs analyzing outcomes for children and families involved with child welfare. Two of these include:

  • From Early Involvement With Child Welfare Services to School Entry: Wave 5 Follow-Up of Infants in the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (No. 10) - examines outcomes for 962 children ages 5 to 6 who were younger than 1 year when they first came into contact with the child welfare system.
  • Depression Among Caregivers of Young Children Reported for Child Maltreatment (No. 13) - explores the rates of depression among 1,244 mothers of children younger than 5 years old who were reported to the child welfare system.
  • Need for Adoption Among Infants Investigated for Child Maltreatment and Adoption Status 5 to 6 Years Later (No. 14) - examines the characteristics of and length of time to adoption for 962 children ages 5 to 6 who were younger than 1 year when they first came into contact with the child welfare system.
All of these research briefs and others are available online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/abuse_neglect/nscaw/

5. Grant Awards Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visitation Programs to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

Source: Children's Bureau Express - February 2, 2009

The Children's Bureau recently funded 17 evidence-based home visitation programs to prevent child abuse and neglect. Descriptions of the programs are available online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/programs_fund/discretionary/2008.htm