August 3, 2018

In this Issue:

1. Advancing Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: The Integration of DC:0-5™ into State Policy


ZERO TO THREE just released this paper, Advancing Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: The Integration of DC:0-5™ into State Policy and Systems (July 2018) that discusses why and how states are integrating DC:0-5 into state policy and systems. The paper provides examples of some of the strategies that states have used to allow, promote, or require the use of DC:0-5, and provides recommendations for further improvements in state infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) policy and practice.

2. Pool Dangers and Drowning Prevention

Source: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

According to this recently updated factsheet from the AAP (July 2018), "Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in children between ages 1 and 4". From pool fencing recommendations to swim lessons and CPR training, this factsheet offers caregivers helpful guidelines for keeping children safe this summer.

3. Equity Starts Early: Addressing Racial Inequities in Child Care and Early Education Policy

Source: CLASP

This executive summary from CLASP (July 2018) gives a brief synopsis of the history behind racial inequities in early education policy. The results of racial inequity include disparate access to early childhood programs, uneven quality programs, and less compensation for children, families, and workers of color. Recommendations and references are provided for policymakers and other stakeholders in early education.

4. Condition of Education 2018

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics has published its annual report The Condition of Education 2018. The report summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data, and presents 47 indicators on topics ranging from prekindergarten through postsecondary education, including labor force outcomes and international data. See pages 2-12 for the spotlight on Early Childhood Care Arrangements: Choices and Costs.

5. The Interdependence of Families, Communities, and Children's Health

Source: National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine recently published this discussion paper (April 2018) that explores how the investment in policies and programs involving family and community is more cost-effective and offers longer-term effects than only providing services to children. Children's healthy development "is best promoted when the contexts that surround them are strong and healthy." The paper further provides examples of housing, income, and education policies that follow a model that addresses social determinants of health.