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Early Childhood Materials

Part II: Topic Specific Resources: Policy

  • A Science-Based Framework for Early Childhood Policy: Using Evidence to Improve Outcomes in Learning, Behavior, and Health for Vulnerable Children
    (http://developingchild.harvard.edu/library/reports_and_working_papers/policy_framework) Exit Disclaimer
    Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
    Combining knowledge from neuroscience, behavioral and developmental science, economics, and 40 years of early childhood program evaluation, this document provides an informed, nonpartisan, pragmatic framework to guide policymakers toward science-based policies that improve the lives of young children and benefit society as a whole.
  • Addressing Missed Opportunities for Early Childhood Mental Health Intervention: Current Knowledge and Policy Implications
    (http://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/early-mental-health.pdf [PDF format]) Exit Disclaimer
    American Psychological Association
    This report focuses on the current knowledge and gaps in understanding that are needed to guide the policy directions to improve mental health service delivery in early childhood.
  • Birth to Five Policy Alliance
    (http://www.birthtofivepolicy.org/) Exit Disclaimer
    Birth to Five Policy Alliance
    The Birth to Five Policy Alliance invests in three strategies: strategic and broad-based leadership to build new champions for early childhood policy, state-based advocacy, and knowledge development and dissemination including research and policy analysis. They promote innovative and successful policies with the funding necessary to achieve positive early learning, strong families, and good health for vulnerable children birth to age five.
  • Children’s Mental Health Publications
    (http://nccp.org/publications/mentalhealth_pubs.html) Exit Disclaimer
    National Center for Children in Poverty
    These publications address a range children’s mental health topics including the policy implications of programs addressing school readiness, social-emotional development, intervention, trauma, maternal depression, and financial challenges.
  • Early Care and Learning Publications
    (http://nccp.org/publications/earlycareandlearning_pubs.html) Exit Disclaimer
    National Center for Children in Poverty
    These publications address a range childcare issues and their policy implications including challenges, teaching strategies, financial challenges, promoting school readiness and well-being.
  • Helping Young Children Succeed: Strategies to Promote Early Childhood Social and Emotional Development
    (http://www.buildinitiative.org/files/helpingyoungchildren.pdf [PDF format]) Exit Disclaimer
  • Public Policy
    (http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pub_publicpolicy&AddInterest=1242) Exit Disclaimer
    The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center is a nonpartisan, research-based resource for Federal and state policymakers and advocates on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. The Policy Center brings to bear ZERO TO THREE’s more than 30 years of research-based expertise on infant and toddler development to ensure that public policies reflect best practices and current research in support of our nation’s very young children
  • Reducing Maternal Depression and Its Impact on Children: Toward a Responsive Early Childhood Policy
    (http://www.nccp.org/publications/pdf/text_791.pdf [PDF format]) Exit Disclaimer
    National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Report of Healthy Development: A Summit on Young Children’s Mental Health
    (http://www.apa.org/pi/families/summit-report.aspx) Exit Disclaimer
    America Psychological Association
    This report is intended to serve as the basis for effective collaboration and shared communication across diverse groups and messengers in order to develop a message for the public about the importance of child mental health for healthy development. It addresses the importance of mental health for normal child development, everyday challenges for parents, prevention opportunities in child mental health, and effective treatment for childhood mental health problems.
  • State Approaches to Promoting Young Children’s Healthy Mental Development: A Survey of Medicaid, Maternal and Child Health, and Mental Health Agencies
    (http://www.buildinitiative.org/files/rosenthal_CW12_final.pdf [PDF format]) Exit Disclaimer
    National Academy for State Health Policy
  • Unclaimed Children Revisited: The Status of Children’s Mental Health Policy in the United States
    (http://nccp.org/publications/pdf/text_853.pdf [PDF format]) Exit Disclaimer
    National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
    This report provides a series of policy and impact analyses of mental health services and supports for children, youth, and their families.
  • Vulnerable Infants and Toddlers in Four Service Systems
    (http://www.urban.org/publications/411554.html) Exit Disclaimer
    The Urban Institute
    This brief compiles the best available data on the characteristics of vulnerable young children in four service systems: Early Head Start (EHS); the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); the child welfare (CW) system; and Part C Early Intervention Programs (Part C). Data reveal that the children and families in these systems look fairly similar on some key dimensions, suggesting that policy initiatives to support young children’s development might be informed by distilling common lessons from the systems' different research bases.

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