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PPN Newsletter             October 2008


Listed below are recent updates to the Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities website (http://www.promisingpractices.net).


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Child Policy Experts Answer Your Questions about Preventing Low Birth Weight

Premature baby in hospital
Low birth weight (LBW) infants are those that are born weighing less than 5.5 pounds. Research shows that low birth weight infants face higher rates of infant mortality, developmental challenges, and long-term disabilities. The prevention of low birth weight infants is a serious public health challenge, and recent data suggest that the rate of LBW infants born in the United States has reached its highest level in almost 30 years. In this new Expert Perspectives feature, we invite you to ask three leading experts on child and maternal health your questions on the topic of preventing low birth weight.

Go to PPN pageLearn more and submit your question to the experts

Child-Parent Centers Continues to Show Proven Outcomes for Economically Disadvantaged Children

Parent volunteer with disadvantaged children in preschool program
The Chicago Child-Parent Centers (CPCs) provide comprehensive educational support and family support to economically disadvantaged children and their parents. The guiding principle of the program is that by providing a school-based, stable learning environment during preschool in which parents are active and consistent participants in their child's education, scholastic success will follow. Rigorously-designed studies have followed a cohort of children through age nineteen. PPN's CPC program summary has recently been updated with results from the 19-year follow-up study. Among several positive findings, the study found improved high school completion rates and lower rates of arrests, convictions, and incarceration among program participants.

Go to PPN pageRead more about the Child-Parent Centers program


RESEARCH IN BRIEF

Listed below are research summaries that have been added to the PPN site this month.


See all in this area »  Healthy and Safe Children


Smoking Patterns and Use of Cessation Interventions During Pregnancy — Oct. 2008

Place Matters: Variation in the Black/White Very Preterm Birth Rate Across U.S. Metropolitan Areas, 2002-2004 — Sep./Oct. 2008

Headed for a Crunch: An Update on Medicaid Spending, Coverage and Policy Heading into an Economic Downturn — Sep. 2008

The Impact of Abstinence and Comprehensive Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs on Adolescent Sexual Behavior — Sep. 2008

Impact of Expanded Newborn Screening — Sep. 2008

Medicaid: Extent of Dental Disease in Children Has Not Decreased, and Millions Are Estimated to Have Untreated Tooth Decay — Sep. 2008

Sexual Health of Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States — Sep. 2008

Stability of Psychiatric Outcomes of Low Birth Weight — Sep. 2008

Three Independent Evaluations of Healthy Kids Programs Find Substantial Gains in Children's Dental Health Care — Sep. 2008

Trends in the Characteristics of Women Obtaining Abortions, 1974 to 2004 — Sep. 2008

Child Welfare Outcomes 2002-2005: Report to Congress — Aug. 2008

Childhood Victimization and Lifetime Revictimization — Aug. 2008

The Evaluation of School-Based Violence Prevention Programs: A Meta-Analysis — Aug. 2008

Losing Ground: How the Loss of Adequate Health Insurance Is Burdening Working Families — Aug. 2008

Parental Involvement in Middle Childhood: Can It Protect Children from Harmful TV Viewing Habits and Behavior? — Aug. 2008

The Parent-Child Relationship: A Family Strength — Aug. 2008

Poverty and Share of Americans Without Health Insurance were Higher in 2007—and Median Income for Working-age Households was Lower—than at Bottom of Last Recession — Aug. 2008

Time Out: Is Recess in Danger? — Aug. 2008


See all in this area »  Children Ready for School


Impact of Expanded Newborn Screening — Sep. 2008


See all in this area »  Children Succeeding in School


Title I Funds—Who's Gaining and Who's Losing: School Year 2008-09 Update — Sep. 2008


See all in this area »  Strong Families


Headed for a Crunch: An Update on Medicaid Spending, Coverage and Policy Heading into an Economic Downturn — Sep. 2008

Three Independent Evaluations of Healthy Kids Programs Find Substantial Gains in Children's Dental Health Care — Sep. 2008

Child Welfare Outcomes 2002-2005: Report to Congress — Aug. 2008

Losing Ground: How the Loss of Adequate Health Insurance Is Burdening Working Families — Aug. 2008

Poverty and Share of Americans Without Health Insurance were Higher in 2007—and Median Income for Working-age Households was Lower—than at Bottom of Last Recession — Aug. 2008



ABOUT OUR SUPPORTERS

The Promising Practices Network appreciates the generosity of our supporting organizations:


Annie E. Casey Foundation

The California Wellness Foundation

Colorado Foundation for Families and Children

The Colorado Trust

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Family and Community Trust

Foundation Consortium for California's Children & Youth

Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media, at Saint Vincent College

Georgia Family Connection Partnership

Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families (GCYF)

Kansas Action for Children

KidsOhio.org

New York State Office of Children & Family Services

RAND Corporation

The Spencer Foundation


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