May 10, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. Childhood Disability Rate Increases 16% Over the Past Decade
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - May 5, 2013
  2. New Website and Tips on Autism for Early Care and Education Providers
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - May 6, 2013
  3. Early Childhood State Advisory Councils: Status Report April 2013
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - Retrieved May 10, 2013
  4. Strengthening Families: Protective Factors Brief
      Source: Center for the Study of Social Policy - Retrieved May 10, 2013
  5. AAP Policy Statement on Providing Care for Immigrant, Migrant, and Border Children
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - May 6, 2013
  6. Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start Programs
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - Retrieved May 10, 2013

1. Childhood Disability Rate Increases 16% Over the Past Decade

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - May 5, 2013

Findings from a study presented on May 5, 2013 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting show that the prevalence of disability increased 16.3% from 2001-2002 to 2009-2010. Researchers analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, finding that while disabilities due to physical conditions decreased, neurodevelopmental and mental health-related disabilities increased greatly. This trend was most notable among children under 6 years of age, whose rate of neurodevelopmental disabilities nearly doubled over the study period - from 19 cases to 36 cases per 1,000 children. View the abstract Childhood Disability Trends, 2000-2010 here.

2. New Website and Tips on Autism for Early Care and Education Providers

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - May 6, 2013

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new Website on Autism Awareness and Acceptance in Early Childhood Education, which includes fact sheets, videos, tips, and links to state-specific resources. One of the resources includes a series of Tips for Early Care and Education Providers: Simple Concepts to Embed in Everyday Routines (2013) offered by autism intervention researchers around the country and compiled by ACF and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

3. Early Childhood State Advisory Councils: Status Report April 2013

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - Retrieved May 10, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently released a new report, Early Childhood State Advisory Councils: Status Report (April 2013), which highlights examples of the progress states have made across the seven required State Advisory Council grant activities. The report includes individual state and territory profiles and provides background information on the State Advisory Council grant program.

4. Strengthening Families: Protective Factors Brief

Source: Center for the Study of Social Policy - Retrieved May 10, 2013

The Center for the Study of Social Policy has published a new brief on Strengthening Families: Protective Factors, which summarizes the current literature on protective factors that help parents find resources, supports, or coping strategies to parent effectively, even under stress. The brief discusses five protective factors, including: parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and social/emotional competence of children.

5. AAP Policy Statement on Providing Care for Immigrant, Migrant, and Border Children

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - May 6, 2013

A recently published policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Providing Care for Immigrant, Migrant, and Border Children was published online on May 6, 2013. The statement updates a 2005 policy statement and reflects the large changes in immigrant status since that time. Currently, approximately one in four children in the U.S. lives in an immigrant family. Many of these children face significant challenges to their health and well-being, including poverty, lack of health insurance, low educational attainment, substandard housing, and language barriers.

6. Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start Programs

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - Retrieved May 10, 2013

A recent Report to Congress on Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start Programs (2013) describes the characteristics, services received, and well-being of Head Start/Early Head Start children and families who speak a language other than English at home. Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. assisted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (AFC) in compiling and analyzing data to develop the report.