October 2, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Request for Proposals from the National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood
      Source: National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood - October 1, 2009
  2. What Works? A Study of Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Programs
      Source: Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development - September 29, 2009
  3. InBrief Videos from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University
      Source: Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University - October 2, 2009
  4. Revised Clinical Report on Screening for Infant Hearing Problems from the AAP
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - October 1, 2009
  5. Resource Collection on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
      Source: Georgetown University, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library - Retrieved September 30, 2009
  6. Early Language and Literacy Parent-Child Activities Now Available in Vietnamese
      Source: Washington Learning Systems - October 1, 2009

1. Request for Proposals from the National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood

Source: National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood - October 1, 2009

The National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to implement and evaluate approaches to prevent child maltreatment and promote family strengths and optimal development of infants and young children (birth-5) who are at high-risk for abuse, neglect, and abandonment. A letter of interest must be submitted by November 9, 2009. Full proposals will be due January 19, 2010. For complete information and to register for a webinar for prospective applicants, go to http://www.qic-ec.org/

2. What Works? A Study of Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Programs

Source: Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development - September 29, 2009

The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) has released a new report entitled What Works? A Study of Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Programs. Through in-depth site visits to six consultation programs with demonstrated positive child, family, early care and education (ECE) provider and/or ECE program outcomes, this report explores the question: What are the essential components of effective mental health consultation programs? It also highlights tips and examples around program outreach, consultant hiring/training, service delivery, fostering positive consultant/consultee relationships, evaluation and other key topics.

The Full Study Report, Executive Summary and Study Fact Sheet can be downloaded at http://gucchd.georgetown.edu/78358.html. In addition, the report's online Resource Compendium provides resources to assist in designing, implementing and evaluating early childhood mental health consultation programs. For more information or to request hard copies of the Executive Summary or Fact Sheet, contact Frances Duran at bazazf@georgetown.edu

3. InBrief Videos from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University

Source: Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University - October 2, 2009

The Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University has published three four-minute videos to complement its InBrief series of three short papers, which summarize the scientific presentations given at the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy in June 2008. The series was created in collaboration with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the National Conference of State Legislatures. The videos and their companion papers are available online at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/library/multimedia/inbrief_series/

4. Revised Clinical Report on Screening for Infant Hearing Problems from the AAP

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - October 1, 2009

Infants and children with congenital or acquired hearing loss can experience long-term speech and language deficits, poor academic performance and emotional problems. In a newly revised clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Hearing Assessment in Infants and Children: Recommendations Beyond Neonatal Screening (2009), researchers have developed an algorithm to assist pediatricians determine the course of treatment when a hearing screening indicates hearing loss in infants and children. To learn more, go to http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/pediatrics;124/4/1252

5. Resource Collection on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)

Source: Georgetown University, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library - Retrieved September 30, 2009

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library at Georgetown University has compiled a number of key resources on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), which includes Web sites; fact sheets and brochures; screening, diagnosis, surveillance, intervention, and training tools; and prevention-education materials (in both English and non-English languages), as well as other materials. It is available online at http://mchlibrary.info/guides/fasd.html

6. Early Language and Literacy Parent-Child Activities Now Available in Vietnamese

Source: Washington Learning Systems - October 1, 2009

Washington Learning Systems has recently added a Vietnamese language version of their free On-the-Go parent-child activities. These materials include 14 activities designed to be used outside the home: in the car, while walking, during bus rides, etc. They encourage early language and literacy development from birth through preschool and are appropriate for both children with disabilities and children who are developing typically. The development of these materials was supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). They are available online at http://www.walearning.com/resources/on-the-go/