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Source: National Governors Association - October 2, 2013
The National Governors Association (NGA) recently released a new guide, A Governor's Guide to Early Literacy: Getting all Students Reading by Third Grade (October 2013), which examines the gap between research and policy and describes five policy actions governors and other state policymakers can take to ensure that all children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. The guide provides a framework that governors can use to take stock of what their states have accomplished, what they still need to work on, what resources they need, and which stakeholders they need to engage in order to move forward.
Source: Early Childhood Outcomes Center - Retrieved October 4, 2013
The Early Childhood Outcomes Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), recently published two summaries highlighting outcomes data for young children with delays or disabilities and their families who received services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in FY 2011-12.
Source: Princeton-Brookings - October 1, 2013
The Fall 2013 issue of the Princeton-Brookings The Future of Children journal (Volume 23, Number 2) summarizes existing research on the risks and the resiliency of Military Children and Families. It also discusses new knowledge that is needed to better support the health and development of military children and includes articles on Military Children from Birth to Five Years, by Joy D. Osofsky and Lt. Colonel Molinda Chartrand, as well as Child Care and Other Support Programs, by Major Latosha Floyd and Deborah A. Phillips. The military's child care system serves approximately 200,000 children a day and is widely considered to be a model for the nation. According to a related policy brief, Keeping the Promise: Maintaining the Health of Military and Veteran Families and Children (Fall 2013) by Colonel Stephen J. Cozza, Ron Haskins, and Richard M. Lerner, there are approximately 2 million children of military families who are serving or have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Source: Urban Institute - September 26, 2013
A new report from the Urban Institute documents how many children in the U.S. are living in economically insecure families, how economic insecurity changed between 2007 and 2010, and which children were most affected. Among other findings, the report shows that the rate of child poverty increased from 18% in 2007 to 22% in 2010 and the share of children living in food-insecure families rose from 13% to 22%. The share of children living in households that were doubling up and the share of children with an uninsured parent also grew. Additionally, the wealth of white families declined by 11%, Hispanic families had losses of 40% and black families had losses of 31%, thus widening the already enormous disparities in wealth accumulation that existed before the recession. The report also looks at whether children are receiving public program benefits and whether these programs appear to be meeting the needs of families with children.