January 15, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Head Start Impact Study Final Report
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - January 13, 2010
  2. New Video on Early Intervention Specialists
      Source: National Center to Improve Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities - Retrieved January 15, 2010
  3. State Budget Cuts: America's Kids Pay the Price
      Source: National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, Voices for America's Children and Every Child Matters Education Fund - January 8, 2010
  4. Why Are Young Children Missed So Often in the Census?
      Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - Retrieved January 11, 2010
  5. The BUILD Initiative and Early Childhood Systems Development, 2002 to 2009
      Source: Child & Family Policy Center - Retrieved January 14, 2010
  6. The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2007
      Source: Maternal and Child Health Bureau - Retrieved January 11, 2010

1. Head Start Impact Study Final Report

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - January 13, 2010

On January 13, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the results of a study looking at the impact of the Head Start program on 3 and 4 year old children. Findings showed that at the end of one program year, access to Head Start positively influenced children's school readiness. However, at the end of kindergarten and first grade, the Head Start children were at the same level as the control group children on many measures. "These results make it clear that we need to build a more coordinated system of early care and education, and to focus on key improvements to teaching and learning in the early grades," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The report is available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hs/impact_study/

During the report's news release, HHS announced plans to strengthen the Head Start and Early Head Start programs as part of an Administration-wide effort to promote early learning through the first eight years of life for the nation's most vulnerable children http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/01/20100113a.html

2. New Video on Early Intervention Specialists

Source: National Center to Improve Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities - Retrieved January 15, 2010

The National Center to Improve Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities (Personnel Improvement Center) has produced a new online video, entitled Early Intervention Specialists: Making a Difference (2009), which describes a typical day in the life of an early interventionist and provides several real-life examples. To view the video, go to http://www.personnelcenter.org/videos/EIS_Small.wmv

3. State Budget Cuts: America's Kids Pay the Price

Source: National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, Voices for America's Children and Every Child Matters Education Fund - January 8, 2010

The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), Voices for America's Children and the Every Child Matters Education Fund have published a new report on the impact of the recession on children's programs around the country. A state-by-state summary of budget cuts affecting children shows that at least 42 states cut programs last year. And states continue to face as much as $260 billion in budget deficits this year, according to the report. State Budget Cuts: America's Kids Pay the Price (January 2010) is available online at http://www.naccrra.org/policy/economic-stimulus-briefing-room/docs/January6FinalNACECMVOI.pdf

4. Why Are Young Children Missed So Often in the Census?

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - Retrieved January 11, 2010

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently published a report entitled Why Are Young Children Missed So Often in the Census? (December 2009). The report looks at why more than three-quarters of a million children under age five were not counted in the 2000 Census report and discusses the importance of accurate census reports to many government programs serving very young children and their families. It is available online at http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Other/W/WhoAreYoungChildrenMissedSoOftenintheCensus/final%20census%20undercount%20paper.pdf

5. The BUILD Initiative and Early Childhood Systems Development, 2002 to 2009

Source: Child & Family Policy Center - Retrieved January 14, 2010

The Child & Family Policy Center (CFPC) has completed its 2009 evaluation essay for the Build Initiative, an 8-state learning community supported by a broad-based group of foundations included in the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative. The essay describes the advances made in early childhood systems building within the Build states and the leadership roles both states and the national Build effort have played in promoting comprehensive approaches to early childhood. The First Seven Years: The BUILD Initiative and Early Childhood Systems Development, 2002 to 2009 is available online at http://www.cfpciowa.org/uploaded/Build%20Presentations/BUILD%20-%20First%207%20years-2.pdf

6. The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2007

Source: Maternal and Child Health Bureau - Retrieved January 11, 2010

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau has published an online version of its chartbook, The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2007 (2009), which is based on data from the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health. The indicators present information on the health status and risk and protective factors experienced by children: on the National level, within the subpopulations who are at particular risk, and on the State level for each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia. It is available at http://mchb.hrsa.gov/nsch07/index.html