September 12, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Start Early to Build a Healthy Future: The Research Linking Early Learning and Health
      Source: Ounce of Prevention Fund - September 10, 2014
  2. New CDC Reports on Developmental Screening of Young Children in the U.S.
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - September 12, 2014
  3. Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills - Activity Guide
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Retrieved September 12, 2014
  4. State Policies through a Two-Generation Lens
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - September 11, 2014
  5. Invitations to Comment from the U.S. Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - September 8, 2014
  6. Six by '15 Campaign Invites Contributions from the Field
      Source: Association of University Centers on Disabilities - September 11, 2014

1. Start Early to Build a Healthy Future: The Research Linking Early Learning and Health

Source: Ounce of Prevention Fund - September 10, 2014

A new report from the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Start Early to Build a Healthy Future: The Research Linking Early Learning and Health (September 2014), summarizes new research on what children need to get a healthy start in life and discusses the positive effects of nurturing relationships, safe and secure environments, access to nutrition, health-promoting behaviors, and enriching early learning experiences. The authors provide policy and practice recommendations for supporting children's lifelong health through quality early care and education programs, as well as improved coordination and integration across agencies involved with young children and their families.

2. New CDC Reports on Developmental Screening of Young Children in the U.S.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - September 12, 2014

A new supplement of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) focuses on Use of Selected Clinical Preventive Services to Improve the Health of Infants, Children, and Adolescents - United States, 1999-2011. The supplement includes a number of reports on developmental screening of young children in the United States, including for example:

3. Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills - Activity Guide

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Retrieved September 12, 2014

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University recently published an activity guide on Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence, which describes a variety of age-appropriate activities and games that adults can use to support and strengthen various components of executive function and self-regulation skills in children.

4. State Policies through a Two-Generation Lens

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - September 11, 2014

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) recently published a new brief, State Policies through a Two-Generation Lens (September 2014). The brief provides information about how state policies can strengthen two-generation supports for families with young children and promote the well-being and life opportunities of both parents and children.

5. Invitations to Comment from the U.S. Department of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - September 8, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education recent published the following invitations to comment in the Federal Register:

6. Six by '15 Campaign Invites Contributions from the Field

Source: Association of University Centers on Disabilities - September 11, 2014

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) recently announced a new Six by '15 Campaign, which celebrates 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and 40 years of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The campaign has six overarching goals that its founding partners and endorsers hope to achieve by the end of 2015 to directly improve the lives of people with disabilities across the country. The early childhood goals of the campaign are:

  • At least six states increase by 15 percent the proportion of children ages 0-3 who receive recommended developmental screening.
  • At least six states commit to improving cross-system information exchange that supports access to services for children identified by screening.

The AUCD invites contributions to the content of the Sixby15 Campaign website with updates on efforts that are being made at the state and regional level toward these goals. Everyone is invited to contribute! Updates can be sent to Adriane Griffen at agriffen@aucd.org