February 12, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Invitation to Comment on Preliminary Draft Revisions to the DSM-5
      Source: American Psychiatric Association - Retrieved February 11, 2010
  2. Realizing the Promise of Home Visitation: A Guide for Policy Makers
      Source: Family Violence Prevention Fund - Retrieved February 12, 2010
  3. A Conversation About Early Learning Councils - Early Ed Watch Podcast
      Source: New America Foundation - Retrieved February 12, 2010
  4. Social Policy Report on Protecting Children from Exposure to Lead
      Source: Society for Research in Child Development - February 8, 2010
  5. Get Ready to Read! Resources for Spanish-Speaking Parents Now Available
      Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities - February 12, 2010

1. Invitation to Comment on Preliminary Draft Revisions to the DSM-5

Source: American Psychiatric Association - Retrieved February 11, 2010

The American Psychiatric Association has released preliminary draft revisions to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and is inviting comments from both professionals and the general public until April 20, 2010. The proposed revisions include using the term Intellectual Disability in place of Mental Retardation, as well as including Asperger's syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder under the broader diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. To view all proposed revisions and to submit comments, go to http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx

2. Realizing the Promise of Home Visitation: A Guide for Policy Makers

Source: Family Violence Prevention Fund - Retrieved February 12, 2010

The Family Violence Prevention Fund with support from the Avon Foundation for Women has published a new policy brief entitled Realizing the Promise of Home Visitation: A Guide for Policy Makers (2010). The guide looks at the link between domestic violence and child abuse and neglect and discusses opportunities to improve outcomes for children by addressing domestic violence in home visitation programs. It includes policy recommendations, practice recommendations, and examples of promising practices. A safety card for helping home visitors discuss domestic violence with their clients is also available. To learn more and to read the brief, go to http://endabuse.org/content/features/detail/1458

3. A Conversation About Early Learning Councils - Early Ed Watch Podcast

Source: New America Foundation - Retrieved February 12, 2010

In early February, the New America Foundation launched a series of bi-weekly Early Ed Watch podcasts. The first recording features a short conversation with Christina Satkowski, author of The Next Step in Systems-Building: Early Childhood Councils and Federal Efforts to Promote Policy Alignment in Early Childhood (November 2009), which provides a 50-state survey on how, and whether, states are making progress in establishing Early Childhood Advisory Councils (ECACs). ECACs received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and are expected to play a major role in early childhood policy in coming years.

To learn more and to download or listen to the podcast, go to
http://earlyed.newamerica.net/blogposts/2010/our_podcast_debut_a_conversation_about_early_learning_councils-27111

To see the full report, The Next Step in Systems-Building: Early Childhood Councils and Federal Efforts to Promote Policy Alignment in Early Childhood (November 2009), go to
http://www.newamerica.net/publications/policy/next_step_system_building_0

4. Social Policy Report on Protecting Children from Exposure to Lead

Source: Society for Research in Child Development - February 8, 2010

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) has published a new Social Policy Report, entitled Protecting Children from Exposure to Lead Old Problem, New Data, and New Policy Needs (February 8, 2010), by Claire Cole & Adam Winsler. The report discusses new data on the intellectual, academic, and behavioral deficits seen in children exposed to both low and high levels of lead and explores the sources of environmental lead that children continue to come into contact with at high rates. It also provides recommendations on what policymakers can do to reduce the threat of lead exposure. To see the full report, go to http://www.srcd.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=847

5. Get Ready to Read! Resources for Spanish-Speaking Parents Now Available

Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities - February 12, 2010

Get Ready to Read! recently launched a new section on its Web site that provides resources to assist Spanish-speaking parents in helping their children build early literacy and learning skills before kindergarten. It also offers practical tips to help parents communicate with educators and day care providers about their child's developmental progress. To learn more, go to http://getreadytoread.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=98&Itemid=107