September 2, 2016

In this Issue:

  1. Building State P-3 Systems: Learning from Leading States
      Source: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes - August 2016
  2. Hearing Loss in Infants with Microcephaly and Evidence of Congenital Zika Virus
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - August 30, 2016
  3. Video - Being Amy's Sister: On Having a Sibling with a Disability
      Source: JFK Partners, University of Colorado School of Medicine - August 29, 2016
  4. Recent Trends in Income, Racial, and Ethnic School Readiness Gaps at Kindergarten Entry
      Source: AERA Open - August 2016
  5. Using Medicaid To Help Young Children and Parents Access Mental Health Services
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - August 2016

1. Building State P-3 Systems: Learning from Leading States

Source: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes - August 2016

A new policy report, Building State P-3 Systems: Learning from Leading States (August 2016), looks at the role of state education agencies (SEAs) in supporting P-3 system building at the state and local levels. It presents case studies of three states that have devoted significant attention and resources to P-3 efforts - Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts - and highlights a number of themes and patterns that emerged from a comparison of the three states. It concludes with 9 recommendations to help guide P-3 system-building.

2. Hearing Loss in Infants with Microcephaly and Evidence of Congenital Zika Virus

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - August 30, 2016

A new report, Hearing Loss in Infants with Microcephaly and Evidence of Congenital Zika Virus Infection - Brazil, November 2015-May 2016 (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 65, Early Release - August 30, 2016) finds that among 70 children with microcephaly and laboratory evidence of congenital Zika virus infection, four of 69 were found to have sensorineural hearing loss without other potential cause. Children with evidence of the virus infection who have normal initial screening tests should receive regular follow-up, because hearing loss can be delayed.

3. Video - Being Amy's Sister: On Having a Sibling with a Disability

Source: JFK Partners, University of Colorado School of Medicine - August 29, 2016

JFK Partners' ENRICH Early Intervention Reunion Videos features families who received early intervention services as long as 20 years ago. Being Amy's Sister: On Having a Sibling with a Disability (Runtime: 13:42) is a new addition to the series. In this video Meg Bost describes her experiences growing up as a twin with a sister with disabilities. The video includes important messages for family members of children with disabilities, especially sisters and brothers, as well as providers who offer support for families. It is a companion to the video A Reunion with Amy.

4. Recent Trends in Income, Racial, and Ethnic School Readiness Gaps at Kindergarten Entry

Source: AERA Open - August 2016

New research findings show that school readiness gaps narrowed modestly from 1998 to 2010, particularly between low-income children and their wealthier peers and between white and Hispanic children. To learn more, see Recent Trends in Income, Racial, and Ethnic School Readiness Gaps at Kindergarten Entry (August 2016) by Sean F. Reardon and Ximena A. Portilla, published in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed, open access journal of the American Educational Research Association.

5. Using Medicaid To Help Young Children and Parents Access Mental Health Services

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - August 2016

A new report, Using Medicaid To Help Young Children and Parents Access Mental Health Services: Results of a 50-State Survey (August 2016), examines states' use of Medicaid as a key source of funding for early childhood mental health (ECMH) services. Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia participated in a survey, which included interviews with state Medicaid administrators. The report presents key findings from the survey and recommendations for diverse stakeholders to help strengthen supports for young children's mental health.