April 23, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Children's Health Insurance Toolkit to Advance Enrollment and Retention Efforts
      Source: Insure Kids Now - Retrieved April 20, 1010
  2. Audio Series on Autism from the American Academy of Pediatrics
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - Retrieved April 20, 2010
  3. Children's Mental Health: What Every Policymaker Should Know
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved April 20, 2010
  4. Updated State Early Childhood Policy Profiles
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved April 20, 1010
  5. New Web Site! Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
      Source: Georgetown University's Center for Child and Human Development - Retrieved April 20, 2010
  6. Supporting State Child Care Efforts with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds
      Source: National Women's Law Center - April 16, 2010
  7. New Resources to Help Promote Social Emotional Development
      Source: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - Retrieved April 20, 1010

1. Children's Health Insurance Toolkit to Advance Enrollment and Retention Efforts

Source: Insure Kids Now - Retrieved April 20, 1010

Insure Kids Now, a national initiative sponsored by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has published a toolkit to assist organizations increase awareness and understanding of children's health insurance programs and ultimately guide eligible parents and guardians to apply for coverage on behalf of their uninsured children. It is available online at http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/professionals/toolkit/toolkit.html

2. Audio Series on Autism from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - Retrieved April 20, 2010

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has launched a new audio series, entitled Sound Advice on Autism, which includes audio interviews with developmental and behavioral pediatricians, a pediatric neurologist, autism researchers and parents of children with autism. It is available online at http://www.aap.org/audio/autism/

3. Children's Mental Health: What Every Policymaker Should Know

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved April 20, 2010

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new paper entitled Children's Mental Health: What Every Policymaker Should Know (April 2010), by Shannon Stagman and Janice L. Cooper. It provides an overview of the current state of the mental health service delivery system in the U.S., the needs of children with mental health problems and their families, and effective policy strategies to enhance mental health for children, youth, and families. It is available online at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_929.html

4. Updated State Early Childhood Policy Profiles

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved April 20, 1010

The Improving the Odds for Young Children project at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has updated its collection of State Early Childhood Profiles. These profiles provide a comprehensive overview of each state's early childhood policies in three categories: health and nutrition, early care and learning, and parenting and economic supports. They are available online at http://www.nccp.org/profiles/early_childhood.html

5. New Web Site! Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Source: Georgetown University's Center for Child and Human Development - Retrieved April 20, 2010

Georgetown University's Center for Child and Human Development recently launched a new Web site for its Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. Funded by the Office of Head Start, the Web site will provide a wide range of resources on effective ways to promote young children's social emotional development and reduce challenging behaviors. To learn more and to access new products available on the Web site, go to http://www.ecmhc.org/index.html

6. Supporting State Child Care Efforts with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds

Source: National Women's Law Center - April 16, 2010

A new report from the National Women's Law Center, entitled Supporting State Child Care Efforts with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds (April 2010), looks at how states are using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to maintain or increase access to child care for children and families. It is available online at http://action.nwlc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Child_Care_ARRA_Report_Intermediary_Request

7. New Resources to Help Promote Social Emotional Development

Source: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - Retrieved April 20, 1010

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) has added new titles to Book Nook, its collection of easy-to-use guides to help teachers and caregivers embed social emotional skill building activities into everyday routines. Each Book Nook guide includes ideas designed around a popular children's book. The most recently added titles include: No Biting, Baby Cakes, Mouse Was Mad, Llama Llama Misses Mama, I Have a Problem, and Quiet Loud. To download the guides, go to http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/strategies.html#booknook