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  • The 2009 California Child Care Portfolio is a statewide and county-by-county report documenting child care supply and demand. The report combines data on licensed child care facilities and parents' request for child care gathered by local child care resource and referral agencies to help us understand the need for quality child care in California.

  • The Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council- Children's Resource Guide has information to learn more about Domestic Violence, and the resources available to those who are victims of domestic violence, including: children's books in English and Spanish, therapeutic games, books for adults working with children of domestic violence, links to domestic violence websites and community resources.

  • The 2010 California Report Card provides the agenda for strengthening California
    through its children by detailing: key public policy developments in 2008 that impact children's well-being; policy objectives for improving the well-being of children; recent data representing the current status of California's children; and specific, immediate actions that must be accomplished during the 2009-10 legislative session.

  • "Oklahoma's state-funded preschool for all program boosts children's skills dramatically, whether they are from disadvantaged families or middle class families, concludes this study from Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute and Center for Research on Children in the United States William T. Gormley and colleagues measured the skills of 3,500 incoming kindergartners in Tulsa, finding that those who had been enrolled in the state's preschool for all program had better reading, math and writing skills than those who spent time in federally funded Head Start programs or attended no public preschool program.

  • A growing body of research has demonstrated the critical role high-quality early childhood education plays in students' success, not only in the elementary grades but throughout their lives. The decisions we make now about the ways today's preschool and early elementary students are taught will affect our society for many years to come. "Focus on Early Childhood Education," offers the full text of a Harvard Education Letter article series on preK-3 education, along with links to the latest research and other resources on early childhood education.

  • The National Economic Development and Law Center offers its successful economic impact model for engaging policymakers, business and community leaders, and economic development professionals in "Early Care and Education: Realizing a Collective Vision."

  • "The 20th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book profiles the well-being of America's children on a state-by-state basis and ranks states on 10 key measures of child well-being. The Data Book essay calls for a "data revolution" that uses timely and reliable information to track the progress and improve the lives of vulnerable children."

  • Various references to reports on bilingual students, pre-kindergarten programs and childcare, academic achievement in early education, families, health and early education, immigrants and schooling, education policy in early education, teacher quality in early education and much more.

  • RAND Child Policy serves as a gateway to RAND research on children's issues from prenatal to age 18, and provides easy access to objective information that will help improve policy and decision making. RAND research on child policy is conducted by multiple research divisions, and draws upon the expertise of over 140 researchers and consultants.

  • "The 2009 Child Well-Being Index (CWI) is an updated measure of trends over the 32-year period from 1975 to 2007, with projections for 2008. This is the first-ever report on the impact of the current recession on the overall health, well-being and quality of life of America's children. It finds that the downturn will virtually undo all progress made in children's economic well-being since 1975."

  • Although participation in government assistance programs has risen somewhat in recent years among mothers with a birth in the last year, it is much lower than when welfare reform was enacted in 1996, according to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report analyzes the socioeconomic characteristics of mothers participating in six different public assistance programs. These include Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), food stamps, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Medicaid, housing assistance and other assistance.

  • The fight against childhood obesity is difficult in a world of fast foods. It is important for children to maintain a healthy weight because obesity can lead to serious health problems. This fact sheet can help parents teach their children to make healthy food choices and enjoy an active lifestyle.

  • This brochure describes the differences between punishment and discipline and offers tips for parents and caregivers.

  • This article focuses on the importance of child literacy and reading. It gives answers to the following questions: Why is reading important? How do reading and language skills develop? How can we make reading part of our family's lifestyle? How do you read to a baby? Where can I get ideas and resources for fun reading and literacy activities? What if my child is having trouble with reading? What about parents who have trouble reading? Is there an adult or family literacy program near me?

  • A literature review of current best practices, and a public input process on next steps for California.

  • Providing a high-quality education is key to addressing many of our country's challenges, and that world-class public schools provide the path to global opportunity, high-quality employment and strong local communities. While we have many good schools in America, we can still do a better job educating our children and replicating and scaling up successful programs so that they are the norm across the country. We must set ambitious goals for education that include advanced 21st-Century skills, good character and informed citizenship.

  • National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) is supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. NECTAC supports to improve service systems and outcomes for infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children with special needs and their families.

  • ZERO TO THREE is happy to bring you the following handouts on early childhood topics for free.


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