October 9, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. CDC Statement on New Autism Prevalence Data
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - October 5, 2009
  2. Children's Budget 2009
      Source: First Focus - Retrieved October 6, 2009
  3. State Child Care Assistance Policies 2009
      Source: National Women's Law Center - Retrieved October 6, 2008
  4. New Child Data Tool from the Center for Law and Social Policy
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - Retrieved October 6, 2009
  5. NAEYC Radio: Why Educators are Losing Boys, How to Get Them Back
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - Retrieved October 6, 2009
  6. New Findings on Training Teachers to Support Young Children's Behavior and Emotional Development
      Source: MDRC - Retrieved October 9, 2009
  7. New Resources on the Pyramid Model for Promoting Children's Social and Emotional Development
      Source: TACSEI and CSEFEL - Retrieved October 7, 2009

1. CDC Statement on New Autism Prevalence Data

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - October 5, 2009

On October 5, 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an official statement about recent findings from two government-funded research studies, both of which indicate that approximately one in 100 children in the U.S. are affected with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), up from a past estimate of 1 in 150. The two studies include a survey of over 78,000 parents by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and a rigorous national surveillance study conducted by the CDC. To read the CDC statement, go to http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html

Complete findings from the CDC study are currently in press and are expected to be available later this year. An abstract of findings from the HRSA parental survey can be accessed at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/peds.2009-1522v1

2. Children's Budget 2009

Source: First Focus - Retrieved October 6, 2009

First Focus recently released Children's Budget 2009, a comprehensive guide to over 180 federally funded programs seeking to improve the lives of America's children. This year's guide includes a special analysis of investments in children provided through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Within the $787 billion ARRA package, almost $144 billion went to children's programs. For complete information, go to http://www.firstfocus.net/library/reports/childrens-budget-2009

3. State Child Care Assistance Policies 2009

Source: National Women's Law Center - Retrieved October 6, 2008

The National Women's Law Center (NWLC) recently released its 2009 study of child care policies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, entitled State Child Care Assistance Policies 2009: Most States Hold the Line, but Some Lose Ground in Hard Times (September 2009). The findings show that between February 2008 and February 2009 more states made cuts than made improvements in child care assistance, making it more difficult for parents trying to afford reliable child care. To access the report, go to http://www.nwlc.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/nwlcstatechildcareassistancepolicies2009.pdf

4. New Child Data Tool from the Center for Law and Social Policy

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - Retrieved October 6, 2009

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently released DataFinder, a new online tool that includes state and national data on: child care assistance spending and participation; Head Start and Early Head Start participation; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) expenditures; young child demographics; and poverty. Users can create custom tables that present a national picture, a state picture or a comparative look at states and communities. For more information go to http://www.clasp.org/data

5. NAEYC Radio: Why Educators are Losing Boys, How to Get Them Back

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - Retrieved October 6, 2009

This month's radio segment from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) features Larry J. Griffin, a national education training consultant-assessment specialist with the Kaplan Early Learning Company, who discusses how misunderstanding the way boys learn can lead to underachievement and education disparities currently found between girls and boys. To listen to the segment, go to http://www.jackstreet.com/jackstreet/WNAEYC.Billboard.cfm

6. New Findings on Training Teachers to Support Young Children's Behavior and Emotional Development

Source: MDRC - Retrieved October 9, 2009

MDRC, a non-profit, non-partisan education and social policy research organization, recently published a report, entitled Can Teacher Training in Classroom Management Make a Difference for Children's Experiences in Preschool? A Preview of Findings from the Foundations of Learning Demonstration (September 2009), by Pamela Morris, Cybele Raver, Chrishana M. Lloyd, and Megan Millenky. The report provides promising findings from Foundations of Learning (FOL), a demonstration and random assignment evaluation of an intervention that trains preschool teachers to better support young children's behavior and emotional development. It is available online at http://www.mdrc.org/publications/527/full.pdf

7. New Resources on the Pyramid Model for Promoting Children's Social and Emotional Development

Source: TACSEI and CSEFEL - Retrieved October 7, 2009

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) and the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) recently announced the following new resources on implementing the Pyramid Model to help promote young children's social, emotional and behavioral competence.