April 9, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Child Maltreatment 2008
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - April 2, 2010
  2. NAEYC Radio presents… Three causes of teacher burnout
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - April 7, 2010
  3. Pew Launches State Home Visiting Campaigns in Four States
      Source: Pew Center on the States - April 6, 2010
  4. Key Findings from 2009 National Parent Survey
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - April 5, 2010
  5. Transition and Alignment of Pre-K - 3 Systems
      Source: Education Commission of the States - April 9, 2010

1. Child Maltreatment 2008

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - April 2, 2010

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released Child Maltreatment 2008, its annual report of data collected from the States' child protective services (CPS) agencies via the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. The report indicates that the number of children who suffered maltreatment decreased for the second year in a row. An estimated 772,000 children were victims of child abuse and neglect in 2008, as opposed to an estimated 905,000 children in 2006. Almost a third of the victims continue to be younger than four years old. To learn more, see the full report at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm08/

2. NAEYC Radio presents… Three causes of teacher burnout

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - April 7, 2010

This month's Radio segment from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) features Dr. Joshua Sparrow, author and assistant professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sparrow discusses three reasons behind burnout in early childhood teachers, how to prevent it from occurring, and four specific coping strategies. To listen to the segment, go to http://www.naeyc.org/newsroom/NAEYCradio

3. Pew Launches State Home Visiting Campaigns in Four States

Source: Pew Center on the States - April 6, 2010

On April 6, 2010, the Pew Center on the States and its partners announced a targeted $5.6 million campaign to promote smart state investments in evidence-based, voluntary home visiting programs for new and expectant families. This year, the campaign will support statewide advocacy and public education efforts in Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Washington. To see the full press release, go to http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/news_room_detail.aspx?id=58313

To learn more about the Pew Home Visiting Campaign, go to http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/initiatives_detail.aspx?initiativeID=52756.

4. Key Findings from 2009 National Parent Survey

Source: ZERO TO THREE - April 5, 2010

ZERO TO THREE recently released the results of a 2009 national survey of a representative sample of 1,615 parents who have children age birth to three years. The survey looked at several key issues that parents of young children confront today and who they go to for help. The findings have implications for policies and programs for infants and toddlers and their families. To read a 2-page summary, go to http://main.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/2009_National_Parent_Survey.pdf?docID=11022

5. Transition and Alignment of Pre-K - 3 Systems

Source: Education Commission of the States - April 9, 2010

The Education Commission of the States (ECS) has published a new policy brief, entitled Transition and Alignment: Two Keys to Assuring Student Success (2010). The brief discusses the importance of creating continuity as children move from early learning programs to early elementary classes and provides examples of successful state efforts. It is available online at http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/84/07/8407.pdf