September 16, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. Race To The Top - Early Learning Challenge FAQs and Work Shop Materials Now Available
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - Retrieved September 16, 2011
  2. Child Maltreatment Prevention: Past, Present, and Future
      Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - September 16, 2011
  3. Baby's First Test - Online Newborn Screening Information Resource Center
      Source: Genetic Alliance and Partners - Retrieved September 16, 2011
  4. State-at-a-Glance Chartbook: Fast Facts on Coverage for CYSHCN
      Source: Catalyst Center - September 9, 2011
  5. Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010
      Source: U.S. Census Bureau - September 14, 2011
  6. The Condition of Education 2011 and ED Data Express Version 2.0 Now Available
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - Retrieved September 14, 2011

1. Race To The Top - Early Learning Challenge FAQs and Work Shop Materials Now Available

Source: U.S. Department of Education - Retrieved September 16, 2011

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (the Departments) recently posted Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-earlylearningchallenge/faq.html

On Tuesday, September 13th, the Departments hosted a RTT - ELC Technical Assistance Workshop for State Applicants in Washington, D.C. with simultaneous Video-tele Conferencing to the ten U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Offices. The slides from that workshop are available for reference at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-earlylearningchallenge/technical-assistance-workshop-slides-sept-13-2011.pdf

The Departments will provide additional or updated program guidance as necessary on the RTT-ELC Web site at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-earlylearningchallenge/index.html. For further questions, please email RTT.Early.Learning.Challenge@ed.gov

2. Child Maltreatment Prevention: Past, Present, and Future

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - September 16, 2011

A new issue brief from the Child Welfare Information Gateway discusses the importance of prevention as a critical component of the nation's child protection system. It outlines programs and strategies that are proving beneficial in reducing the likelihood of child maltreatment, such as public awareness efforts, parent education, home visitation, and community prevention efforts. Key challenges and opportunities for the future of child maltreatment prevention are addressed. Child Maltreatment Prevention: Past, Present, and Future (2011) is available online at http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/issue_briefs/cm_prevention.cfm

3. Baby's First Test - Online Newborn Screening Information Resource Center

Source: Genetic Alliance and Partners - Retrieved September 16, 2011

Baby's First Test is an online newborn screening information resource center that aims to increase awareness and understanding of newborn screening for expectant and new parents, health professionals, and the public. The Web site includes basic facts about newborn screening and what to expect from the newborn screening process; state-specific newborn screening program information for parents and health professionals; and condition-specific information. It is produced by the Genetic Alliance and partners with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. To learn more, go to http://www.babysfirsttest.org

4. State-at-a-Glance Chartbook: Fast Facts on Coverage for CYSHCN

Source: Catalyst Center - September 9, 2011

The Catalyst Center, with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, recently updated its online State-at-a-Glance Chartbook on Coverage and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSCHN) for the states, DC, and Puerto Rico. The chartbook combines data from more than 15 sources to provide demographic, economic, health care services, and coverage information related to CYSHCN and states' progress toward achieving the six core performance outcomes for CYSHCN. It is available at http://www.hdwg.org/catalyst/online-chartbook/

5. Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010

Source: U.S. Census Bureau - September 14, 2011

On September 14, 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report showing that poverty continues to rise among children and families living in America. In 2010, 6.3 million, or more than one in four (25.3%) children under age six lived below the poverty line, as compared to 6.0 million in 2009. Overall, the Census report indicates that 22% of children under the age of 18 are currently living in poverty and 9.9% of children live in deep poverty (below 50 percent of the federal poverty line). To learn more, see the full report, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010, at http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p60-239.pdf

6. The Condition of Education 2011 and ED Data Express Version 2.0 Now Available

Source: U.S. Department of Education - Retrieved September 14, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently released The Condition of Education 2011, its annual report summarizing important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The report presents 50 indicators on the status and condition of education, including data on Early Childhood Outcomes and Early Education and Child Care Arrangements of Young Children. To access the full report online, go to http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/

On a related note, the U.S. Department of Education has launched version 2.0 of ED Data Express, a Web site designed to improve the public's ability to access and explore state-level education data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.eddataexpress.ed.gov