November 16, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. Supporting Babies and Families Impacted by Caregiver Mental Health Problems, Substance Abuse, and Trauma
      Source: ZERO TO THREE and SAMHSA - November 14, 2012
  2. New Fact Sheets Highlight 2010-2011 Data on Head Start and Early Head Start
      Source: CLASP - November 15, 2012
  3. Supporting Healthy Child Development through Medical Homes
      Source: National Academy for State Health Policy - November 12, 2012
  4. Staffed Family Child Care Networks: A Strategy to Enhance Quality Care for Infants and Toddlers
      Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - November 13, 2012
  5. Acts of Omission: An Overview of Child Neglect
      Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - November 16, 2012

1. Supporting Babies and Families Impacted by Caregiver Mental Health Problems, Substance Abuse, and Trauma

Source: ZERO TO THREE and SAMHSA - November 14, 2012

A new publication prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) by ZERO TO THREE provides resources to help service providers better understand and engage their communities in responding to children whose caregivers are negatively impacted by mental illness, substance abuse, or trauma. Supporting Babies and Families Impacted by Caregiver Mental Health Problems, Substance Abuse, and Trauma: A Community Action Guide (2012) includes the following sections:

  • Section 1: What's So Important about Birth to 5?
  • Section 2: Threats to Resilience
  • Section 3: Building a Sturdy Foundation for Children: Protective Factors that Promote Resilience
  • Section 4: A Strategic Framework for Action
  • Section 5: Moving Forward

2. New Fact Sheets Highlight 2010-2011 Data on Head Start and Early Head Start

Source: CLASP - November 15, 2012

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has published the following two new fact sheets summarizing the characteristics of Head Start preschool and Early Head Start programs in 2011 and the children and families served by these programs. The new fact sheets use data from the Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) for 2010-2011.

3. Supporting Healthy Child Development through Medical Homes

Source: National Academy for State Health Policy - November 12, 2012

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has published a new brief, Supporting Healthy Child Development through Medical Homes: Strategies from ABCD III States (November 2012). The brief draws from the experiences of several states (Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Oregon) that have developed and tested models to improve care coordination for children with or at risk of developmental delay through the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) III initiative. The medical home has been a key mechanism in their improvement efforts. This brief outlines opportunities and lessons for state policymakers to strengthen medical home initiatives by explicitly addressing the needs of children.

4. Staffed Family Child Care Networks: A Strategy to Enhance Quality Care for Infants and Toddlers

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - November 13, 2012

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center has published a new policy paper, Staffed Family Child Care Networks: A Strategy to Enhance Quality Care for Infants and Toddlers (2012), to assist states and communities in their efforts to improve the quality of family child care (FCC) for infants and toddlers. The paper provides effective practices of successful staffed FCCs and guidance for how states can maximize partnerships to integrate staffed FCC networks in early childhood systems. It concludes with action steps and state policy recommendations for implementing a staffed FCC network.

5. Acts of Omission: An Overview of Child Neglect

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - November 16, 2012

The Child Welfare Information Gateway recently published a bulletin that addresses the scope of the problem of child neglect as well as its consequences. Acts of Omission: An Overview of Child Neglect (2012) reviews definitions and strategies for assessing neglect, presents lessons learned about prevention and intervention, and suggests sources of training and informational support. Strategies for addressing neglect, beginning with prevention, are included.