October 30, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Available for Preview - CONNECT Module on Embedded Interventions
      Source: Project CONNECT - October 27, 2009
  2. New Initiative - Strengthening At Risk and Homeless Young Mothers and Children
      Source: The National Center on Family Homelessness - Retrieved October 28, 2009
  3. New Guide Addresses the Health Needs of Very Young Children in the Child Welfare System
      Source: American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law - Retrieved October 28, 2009
  4. First Findings From the Kindergarten Data Collections of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)
      Source: National Center for Education Statistics - October 28, 2009
  5. Updated Knowledge Path on Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT)
      Source: MCH Alert - October 23, 2009

1. Available for Preview - CONNECT Module on Embedded Interventions

Source: Project CONNECT - October 27, 2009

Project CONNECT is working with the early childhood community to create a series of web-based modules and resources that focus on and respond to challenges faced by those working with young children with disabilities and their families. An abbreviated version of their first module, Embedded Interventions, is available online for preview through November 30th, 2009. The modules will be offered nationally online at no charge for use by instructors and learners beginning in Summer 2010. On November 12, CONNECT will host a webinar to demonstrate the modules and resources being developed.

To preview the module and register for the webinar go to http://community.fpg.unc.edu/connect-modules
To read a blog about the module, go to
http://community.fpg.unc.edu/discussions/blog-speaking-of-inclusion/practical-creative-strategic-informative-reflective-connect?o=fpg

2. New Initiative - Strengthening At Risk and Homeless Young Mothers and Children

Source: The National Center on Family Homelessness - Retrieved October 28, 2009

Strengthening At Risk and Homeless Young Mothers and Children is a new initiative of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, in partnership with the National Center on Family Homelessness, the National Alliance to End Homelessness and ZERO TO THREE. The initiative seeks to improve the housing, health, and development of homeless and at-risk mothers and children through education and better integrated systems. It supports locally-based partnerships that include housing/homelessness and child development agencies, as well as agencies that address family preservation, domestic violence, mental health, and substance use issues. To learn more, go to http://www.familyhomelessness.org/?q=node/46

3. New Guide Addresses the Health Needs of Very Young Children in the Child Welfare System

Source: American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law - Retrieved October 28, 2009

A new guide, entitled Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Futures: A Judge's Guide (2009), provides information on child development, attachment, physical health, infant mental health, and early care and education. It is meant to help judges promote better outcomes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in the child welfare system. It was produced by the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law, in collaboration with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the ZERO TO THREE National Policy Center. To learn more and to access the guide, go to http://www.abanet.org/child/baby-health/healthybeginnings.html

4. First Findings From the Kindergarten Data Collections of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)

Source: National Center for Education Statistics - October 28, 2009

A new early childhood report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) shows that children who participated in a regular nonparental early care and education arrangement the year before kindergarten scored higher on reading and math assessments than children who did not have those experiences. Using data from the final two rounds of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort, the report provides a snapshot of the demographic characteristics, reading and mathematics knowledge, fine motor skills, school characteristics, and before- and after-school care arrangements of the cohort at the time they first began kindergarten.

The full report, entitled Children Born in 2001 at Kindergarten Entry: First Findings From the Kindergarten Data Collections of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) (October 2009), is online at http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2010005

5. Updated Knowledge Path on Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT)

Source: MCH Alert - October 23, 2009

The Maternal and Child (MCH) Library at Georgetown University has updated its knowledge path on Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) services. The knowledge path is an electronic guide to resources about providing and strengthening EPSDT services. Guidelines for the frequency, timing, and content of health-promotion and disease-prevention services for infants, children, and adolescents are also provided. Separate sections present resources for professionals (health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers) and for families. It is available online at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_EPSDT.html