August 13, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Readiness for School Involves an Array of Skills: Let's Not Forget Fine Motor Development
      Source: National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education - Retrieved August 13, 2010
  2. Strategies to Increase the Voice of Families from Diverse Backgrounds
      Source: Family Voices of Wisconsin - Retrieved August 9, 2010
  3. Pediatric Practices Struggle with Referrals for Developmental Disorders
      Source: Commonwealth Fund - Retrieved August 13, 2010
  4. New Fact Sheets on Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in 2009
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - Retrieved August 11, 2010
  5. America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010
      Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics - Retrieved August 11, 2010
  6. New Autism Internet Modules Available Online
      Source: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders
  7. Children's Budget 2010
      Source: First Focus - Retrieved August 13, 2010
  8. Podcast on Fostering Empathy in Young Children
      Source: BAM Radio - Retrieved August 13, 2010

1. Readiness for School Involves an Array of Skills: Let's Not Forget Fine Motor Development

Source: National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education - Retrieved August 13, 2010

The National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (NCRECE) recently published findings from two studies that confirm the value of broad and comprehensive early childhood education curricula to children's later academic success and highlight the importance of two important school readiness indicators - children's fine motor skills and early understanding of their world. Readiness for School Involves an Array of Skills: Let's Not Forget Fine Motor Development (NCRECE In Focus, v.1, no.5, July 2010) is available online at http://ncrece.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/NCRECEInFocus_V1_I5_School%20Readiness_Array_of_Skills.pdf

2. Strategies to Increase the Voice of Families from Diverse Backgrounds

Source: Family Voices of Wisconsin - Retrieved August 9, 2010

Family Voices of Wisconsin has published a report documenting conversations with Latino and African-American parents of children and youth with special needs (CYSN) about: perceived barriers to working in partnership with professionals on decision-making; recommendations for supporting partnerships and decision-making; and recommendations for parent participation on advisory committees. The report includes a checklist for recruiting and supporting parents from diverse backgrounds for advisory roles. Shared Participation: Strategies to Increase the Voice of Families from Diverse Backgrounds as Partners and Advisors (2010) is available online at http://www.fvofwi.org/Publications/SharedParticipation.pdf.

3. Pediatric Practices Struggle with Referrals for Developmental Disorders

Source: Commonwealth Fund - Retrieved August 13, 2010

A recent study of pediatric practices participating in an American Academy of Pediatrics pilot program to implement screening for developmental problems found that monthly screening rates across practices increased from 68 percent to 86 percent of children at recommended screening visits. However, many practices had difficulty tracking referrals and those that did track referrals found that many families did not follow through. To learn more, go to www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/In-the-Literature/2010/Aug/Implementing-Developmental-Screening-and-Referrals.aspx

4. New Fact Sheets on Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in 2009

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - Retrieved August 11, 2010

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has released two new fact sheets providing data on children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start programs in 2009. Some key facts include:

  • In 2009, Head Start served more than 900,000 children and their families.
  • 12 percent of the children in Head Start programs had a disability.
  • Spanish was the primary home language for 24 percent of children in Head Start programs.
  • Early Head Start (EHS) served more than 83,000 children under age 3 and about 9,600 pregnant women.
  • 65 percent of families served by EHS included at least one working parent, and 22 percent included at least one parent in school or job training.
  • By the end of the program year, 97 percent of EHS children had a medical home for ongoing care.

Head Start Participants, Programs, Families and Staff in 2009 (July 2010) - http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/hs-preschool-pir-2009.pdf
Early Head Start Participants, Programs, Families and Staff in 2009 (July 2010) - http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/ehs-pir-2009.pdf

5. America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010

Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics - Retrieved August 11, 2010

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics recently published America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010 (July 2010), its annual report on the well-being of children and families in the United States across a range of domains, including family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. The report is available online at http://childstats.gov/americaschildren/index.asp

6. New Autism Internet Modules Available Online

Source: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Autism Internet Modules (AIM) Web site, hosted by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), has posted a number of new AIM modules, including: Antecedent-Based Interventions, Computer Aided Instruction, Functional Communication Training, Naturalistic Interventions, Parent Implemented Interventions, Prompting, Reinforcement, Response Interruption/Redirection, Self-Management, Task Analysis, and Time Delay. To access the modules, register for a free account at http://www.autisminternetmodules.org/

Content for these modules was developed by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders. To learn more, go to http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/

7. Children's Budget 2010

Source: First Focus - Retrieved August 13, 2010

First Focus, with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, has published its annual guide to all federal spending on children. Children's Budget 2010 includes an analysis of federally funded programs that are meant to enhance the well-being of children across the country and how their appropriations levels have changed over the past five years. It is available online at http://www.firstfocus.net/sites/default/files/ChildrensBudget2010.pdf. To request a free hard copy, go to http://www.firstfocus.net/library/reports/childrens-budget-2010

8. Podcast on Fostering Empathy in Young Children

Source: BAM Radio - Retrieved August 13, 2010

A new podcast from BAM Radio features a discussion on fostering empathy in young children with Ross A. Thompson, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of the Families and Work Institute, and Lisa Guernsey, director of the New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative. The podcast is available at http://www.jackstreet.com/jackstreet/WMBK.RTEmpathyPerspectiveTaking.cfm

To learn more about BAM radio, go to http://www.bamradionetwork.com/index.php