In this Issue:
Source: FPG Child Development Institute - June 8, 2009
Connect: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge, an initiative of the FPG Child Development Institute, is working with the early childhood community to create a series of web-based resources that respond to challenges faced by those working with young children with disabilities and their families. CONNECT recently released a new 12-minute video, entitled Foundations of Inclusion Birth to Five, which includes highlights from the recently released DEC/NAEYC Joint Position Statement on Early Childhood Inclusion. The video also addresses questions many teachers and families have about inclusion, such as: What is inclusion? Is there research to support it? What are characteristics of high quality inclusive settings?For more information and to view the video, go to http://community.fpg.unc.edu/connect?nectac=
Source: FPG Child Development Institute - June 12, 2009
FirstSchool, a PreK-3rd Grade initiative of the FPG Child Development Institute, recently published a new brief entitled Issues in Education for Children Three to Eight in Six Countries (2009), by Richard Clifford and Giselle Crawford. The brief looks at different ways in which France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States have approached similar challenges related to delivering, governing, and financing early education programs for young children. The authors state, "By studying the experiences of other nations and their approaches to similar issues, we can gain insight into the choices we make about the ways we educate and care for young children." It is available online at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~firstschool/assets/six_countries.pdf
The brief is adapted from a new book, Beginning School: US Policies in International Perspective (2009), edited by Richard M. Clifford & Gisele M. Crawford, published by Teachers College Press.
Source: Pediatrics - Retrieved June 11, 2009
An article in the June 2009 issue of Pediatrics presents updated information on the percentage of children with special health care needs (CSHCN) who have access to a medical home. Data from the 2005-2006 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) show that: (1) 47.1 percent of children have access to a medical home; (2) access was affected significantly by race/ethnicity, income, health insurance status, and severity of condition; (3) parents of children with a medical home report significantly less delayed or forgone care and fewer unmet needs for services; and (4) limited improvements have occurred since the 2001 NS-CSHCN. An abstract is available at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/123/6/e996
Full citation: Strickland BB, Singh GK, Kogan MD, et al. (2009). Access to the medical home: New findings from the 2005-2006 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. Pediatrics 123(6):e996-e1004.