September 10, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Improving Supports for Parents of Young Children: State-level Initiatives
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved September 10, 2010
  2. New Publications from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative
      Source: Early Childhood Data Collaborative - Retrieved September 10, 2010
  3. Systems of Care Coordination for Children: Lessons Learned Across State Models
      Source: Commonwealth Fund - September 3, 2010
  4. Federal Healthy Start Initiative: A National Network for Effective Home Visitation and Family Support Services
      Source: National Healthy Start Association - Retrieved September 10, 2010

1. Improving Supports for Parents of Young Children: State-level Initiatives

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved September 10, 2010

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new paper, entitled Improving Supports for Parents of Young Children: State-level Initiatives (September 2010), by Louisa Higgins, Shannon Stagman, and Sheila Smith. This paper provides information that states can use as they strive to provide families with information and access to programs that will help them keep their children safe and healthy, nurture their development and promote their school readiness. It is available online at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_966.html

2. New Publications from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative

Source: Early Childhood Data Collaborative - Retrieved September 10, 2010

The Early Childhood Data Collaborative has released the following two new publications:

  • Building and Using Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems: A Framework for States (2010) - http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/resources/details/1015 - This white paper discusses why states should build longitudinal data systems for early care and education, describes the ten fundamentals of a coordinated system with state examples, and provides guidance on how to ensure appropriate access to data, which includes building the capacity for stakeholders to use the data for continuous improvement.
  • Getting Started: 10 Fundamentals of Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems (2010) - http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/resources/details/1016 - This brochure highlights the importance of coordinated and longitudinal data systems and what states can do to start building them to inform continuous improvement in early care and education.

The Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC) is a new consortium of national organizations convened to build state policymaker understanding and support of aligned early childhood data systems to improve child outcomes and system performance. Partners include: Council of Chief State School Officers, Data Quality Campaign, National Center for Children in Poverty, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, and Pre-K Now. Its work is funded by the Birth to Five Policy Alliance and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

3. Systems of Care Coordination for Children: Lessons Learned Across State Models

Source: Commonwealth Fund - September 3, 2010

A new report from the Commonwealth Fund discusses lessons learned from promising models in five states that refer families and children with developmental delays or complex medical needs to appropriate programs, help coordinate their care, provide support and follow-up to ensure they are receiving needed services, and provide a feedback loop to primary care providers. The report, Systems of Care Coordination for Children: Lessons Learned Across State Models (2010), by Sharon Silow-Carroll and Gretchen Hagelow is available online at http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/Issue-Briefs/2010/Sep/Systems-of-Care-Coordination-for-Children.aspx

4. Federal Healthy Start Initiative: A National Network for Effective Home Visitation and Family Support Services

Source: National Healthy Start Association - Retrieved September 10, 2010

The National Healthy Start Association has released a new white paper entitled Federal Healthy Start Initiative: A National Network for Effective Home Visitation and Family Support Services (2010). The paper includes a history of the federal Healthy Start initiative, an overview of its network and core services, and a discussion about its effectiveness in building high-quality, comprehensive early childhood systems and its role in health reform. It is available online at http://healthystartassoc.org/NHSA_WhitePaper.pdf