May 9, 2003

In this Issue:

1. Child Care: Recent State Policy Changes Affecting the Availability of Assistance for Low-Income Families. GAO-03-588, May 5.

Source: Today's GAO Reports - May 05, 2003

The GAO recently published the following report: Child Care: Recent State Policy Changes Affecting the Availability of Assistance for Low-Income Families. GAO-03-588, May 5. It is available online at: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03588.pdf

2. What's New from KIDS COUNT

Source: www.aecf.org/kidscount/ - May 2003

Right Start Online 2003 - This report provides state and county-level data for eight indicators that characterize the well-being of newborns in the 50 states, as well as the top 50 cities. It is available at http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/rightstart2003/. [Note: Link checked on 4/30/2007 - this document is no longer available online. To view a newer version go to http://www.kidscount.org/datacenter/rightstart.jsp.]

Latino Children and African-American Children Pocket Guides - These guides provide statistics on economic, educational, and social well-being for minority children and highlight gaps that persist between minority kids and non-Hispanic white children in the US:

CLIKS: County-City-Community Level Information on Kids - This website brings together data on the well-being of children collected by KIDS COUNT grantees from state and local sources. The unique system allows users to access state-specific inventories of data from local sources, such as health departments, human services agencies, and schools: http://www.kidscount.org/cgi-bin/cliks.cgi

South Carolina KIDS COUNT 2003 - South Carolina is one of 50 state projects currently publishing state and local profiles of the condition of children as part of the nationwide KIDS COUNT project. To view samples of their most recent reports go to: http://www.sckidscount.org/.

3. Cooperative Agreement for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Tracking, Surveillance, and Integration; Notice of Availability of Funds

Source: Federal Register: April 23, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 78)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the availability of fiscal year (FY) 2003 funds for a cooperative agreement program for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI). This program addresses the "Healthy People 2010'' focus area of Vision and Hearing. The purpose of the program is to (1) develop or enhance a sustainable, centralized EHDI tracking and surveillance system, and (2) integrate the EHDI system with other newborn screening programs. EHDI is a national initiative to improve the communicative, cognitive, and social outcomes of children with hearing loss through a program of services and research...

Application Deadline: June 9, 2003. For more information go to: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/ehdi/documents/03055.pdf