July 18, 2003

In this Issue:

  1. America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2003
      Source: Child Trends Databank - June 18, 2003
  2. Checklist Designed to Assist States and Communities in Providing Culturally and Linguistically Competent Mental Health Services
      Source: MCH Alert - July 11, 2003
  3. Videoconference on the "Discover IDEA" Pathway Guide
      Source: Jennifer G. Johnson, ILIAD Partnership Program Manager - July 15, 2003
  4. The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Parent Public Policy Fellowship Program 2004
      Source: The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation - July 2003
  5. Training & Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities Program: Notice Inviting Applications
      Source: Federal Register: July 9, 2003
  6. Child Care Linked To Assertive, Noncompliant, and Aggressive Behaviors - Vast Majority of Children Within Normal Range
      Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - July 17, 2003

1. America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2003

Source: Child Trends Databank - June 18, 2003

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2003, an annual report to the President, has just been released by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. The report covers trends in over 25 indicators of child and youth well-being, and includes previously unpublished data from the 2000 decennial census. The report is available online at http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/.

2. Checklist Designed to Assist States and Communities in Providing Culturally and Linguistically Competent Mental Health Services

Source: MCH Alert - July 11, 2003

Getting Started . . . and Moving On . . . Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Cultural and Linguistic Competency for Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Families: Implications for Systems of Care provides guidance on the delivery of services and supports to children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders and their families. This document was prepared by the National Center for Cultural Competence as one in a series of publications designed to assist organizations and systems of care in developing policies, structures, and practices that support cultural and linguistic competence. The document is also designed to support efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in mental health. The document includes an activities checklist, definitions, references, and additional resources. To receive a copy, contact NCCC at mailto:cultural@georgetown.edu.

Goode TW, Jackson VH. 2003. Getting started . . . and moving on . . . planning, implementing and evaluating cultural and linguistic competency for comprehensive community mental health services for children and families: Implications for systems of care. Washington, DC: National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development.

[Originally published in MCHAlert 2003 National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University. Reprinted with permission.]

3. Videoconference on the "Discover IDEA" Pathway Guide

Source: Jennifer G. Johnson, ILIAD Partnership Program Manager - July 15, 2003

On August 7th from 1:00 - 3:00 EST, the ASPIIRE and ILIAD Partnerships in collaboration with the National Education Association are sponsoring a videoconference on the "Discover IDEA" Pathway Guide. The purpose of the videoconference is to orient education administrators, university personnel and staff development leaders to "Discover IDEA" so they may use the resource guide to its maximum potential. In addition, the videoconference is for Cadre members who did not attend the Winter Institute so they may receive training on how to use "Discover IDEA" similar to that offered in January.

There will be "viewing sites" in a number of states. We would like to invite you to participate in this event. If you are interested in attending the videoconference, please contact Whitney Donaldson or Jennifer Johnson at 877-232-4332 to find out what "viewing site" is closest to you. Please note, if you are unable to attend the videoconference, videotapes of the event will be made available after August 7th. For more information contact Jennifer G. Johnson at jennifer@cec.sped.org

4. The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Parent Public Policy Fellowship Program 2004

Source: The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation - July 2003

The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking parents of persons with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities for an intensive one-year Public Policy Fellowship in Washington, D.C. During this one year Fellowship, the successful applicant will learn how legislation is initiated, developed, and passed by the Congress.

Each year the Foundation brings a parent or family member of a child with a disability to Washington for a full year, where they actively participate in public policy development through work on the staff of a congressional committee, or a federal department. Former Parent Fellows describe the Fellowship as a major life-enhancing event in their lives. This next year offers exciting opportunities to be involved in policy and legislative development in key areas such as special education, health and mental health care, child care, housing, justice, child welfare and other areas related to improving the quality of life for individuals with mental retardation and other disabilities.

Applications must be sent to the Foundation's office by September 1, 2003. For more information go to: http://www.jpkf.org/FELLOW.HTML and scan down to the second half of the page. Please direct any questions about the application process to Jill Fosse, 301-565-5476.

5. Training & Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities Program: Notice Inviting Applications

Source: Federal Register: July 9, 2003

Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training & information to help improve results for their children.

Priority: This priority will support cooperative agreements in two focus areas: (1) A national technical assistance project, the National Parent Technical Assistance Center (National Parent TAC); and (2) six regional technical assistance centers, Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers (Regional Parent TACs), which will coordinate with the National Parent TAC and provide direct support to the PTIs and CPRCs in their identified States based on the best empirical evidence of how to meet the informational and training needs of families who have children with disabilities...

Eligible Applicants: Nonprofit private organizations.
Applications Available: July 9, 2003.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 8, 2003.

Additional Information is available online at: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2003-3/070903d.html

6. Child Care Linked To Assertive, Noncompliant, and Aggressive Behaviors - Vast Majority of Children Within Normal Range

Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - July 17, 2003

The more time children spent in child care from birth to age four-and-a-half, the more adults tended to rate them, both at age four-and-a-half and at kindergarten, as less likely to get along with others, as more assertive, as disobedient, and as aggressive, according to a study appearing in the July/August issue of "Child Development". However, the researchers cautioned that for the vast majority of children, the levels of the behaviors reported were well within the normal range.

In fact, a mother's sensitivity to her child was a better indicator of reported problem behaviors than was time in child care, with more sensitive mothering being linked to less problem behaviors. Higher maternal education and family income also predicted lower levels of children's problem behaviors. To read the full press release go to http://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/child_care.cfm