June 12, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. New Online Video on Early Childhood Inclusion
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - June 8, 2009
  2. Issues in Education for Children Three to Eight in Six Countries
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - June 12, 2009
  3. New Findings on Children with Special Health Care Needs and Medical Home Access
      Source: Pediatrics - Retrieved June 11, 2009

1. New Online Video on Early Childhood Inclusion

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=
To see the DEC/NAEYC Joint Position Statement on Early Childhood Inclusion, go to http://www.dec-sped.org/About_DEC/PositionConcept_Papers/Inclusion

2. Issues in Education for Children Three to Eight in Six Countries

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.

3. New Findings on Children with Special Health Care Needs and Medical Home Access

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.