July 10, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. New Report on Math Education in Pre-K
      Source: National Research Council - July 2, 2009
  2. America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009
      Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics - July 10, 2009
  3. New Resource on Finding Funding for Initiatives that Seek to Improve Outcomes for Children
      Source: The Finance Project - Retrieved July 6, 2009

1. New Report on Math Education in Pre-K

Source: National Research Council - July 2, 2009

A new report released by the National Research Council, entitled Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity (2009), states that a national initiative is needed to improve early childhood mathematics education and ensure that all children enter school with the foundation they need for success. The report finds that current opportunities for preschoolers to learn mathematics are inadequate, especially for low-income children. Recommendations are provided. The report can be read online at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12519#toc

2. America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009

Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics - July 10, 2009

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has released America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009. This annual report provides updates on the well-being of children and families in the United States across a range of domains, including family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This year's report has a special feature on children with special health care needs. It is available online at http://childstats.gov/

3. New Resource on Finding Funding for Initiatives that Seek to Improve Outcomes for Children

Source: The Finance Project - Retrieved July 6, 2009

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Making Connections initiative provides support to help improve outcomes for children and families in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The Making Connections sites work on a range of activities to ensure that Children are Healthy and Prepared to Succeed in School (CHAPSS). A new guide from The Finance Project, entitled Finding Funding: Supporting Making Connections Core Result that Children are Healthy and Prepared to Succeed in School (2009), discusses diverse public and private funding sources that can be accessed, blended and braided to help meet the fiscal needs of such initiatives over time. It is available online at http://www.financeproject.org/publications/FindingFunding-SupportingMakingConnections.pdf