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PPN Newsletter             January 2009


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


WHAT'S NEW

Newly Added Resources on Low Birth Weight and Prematurity in PPN's Resources and Tools Section

New PPN web page
PPN has added a new Resources and Tools page on the topic of Low Birth Weight and Prematurity. This new page includes links to data tables, fact sheets, seminal reports, and a variety of other resources that are among the best research-based materials available on this topic. Also featured is a new PPN Issue Brief that provides a concise overview of research-based information on issues related to preventing low birth weight. More Resources and Tools pages are available on the topics of childcare/preschool, mental health, and substance abuse.

Read moreSee the Low Birth Weight Resources and Tools Read moreRead the new PPN Issue Brief on Preventing Low Birth Weight

The Urban Institute Issues a Series of Briefs Describing How the Recession Will Impact Families

Family of four
A series of briefs from the Urban Institute entitled Recession and Recovery describe how the recession may impact families' economic well-being and access to critical services. In The Role of Welfare During a Recession, the authors discuss how aspects of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, including the program's funding through a fixed block grant, have the potential for leaving many families with no welfare safety net during this economic downturn. Furthermore, in The Recession and the Earned Income Tax Credit, the authors discuss the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as a possible tool to help poor households during a recession, but they conclude that the EITC often comes too late to help the neediest families during a recession. These issues will be compounded by a decline in health coverage, as documented in Health Coverage in a Recession. These changes in coverage will be particularly acute among State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) recipients. Finally, in SNAP and the Recession, the authors describe how broadening eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would be a targeted way to quickly assist needy families during this recession. Read all six briefs in the Recession and Recovery series at the Urban Institute's website.

Read moreRead the series of briefs at urban.org

Infant Health and Development Program Continues to Show Promising Results through Age 18

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The Infant Health and Development Program (IHDP) is a comprehensive early childhood development program for low birth weight and premature infants. The IHDP has shown proven results in cognitive and behavioral outcomes for young children. Additionally, in this update to the IHDP program summary we note the IHDP's promising results in cognitive outcomes through age 18.

Go to PPN pageRead more about the Infant Health and Development 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


Health Care Use and Health and Functional Impact of Developmental Disabilities Among U.S. Children — Jan. 2009

Resilient Girls—Factors that Protect Against Delinquency — Jan. 2009

The Validity of Teens' and Young Adults' Self-Reported Condom Use — Jan. 2009

Adolescent Health Services: Missing Opportunities — Dec. 2008

Birth Weight and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes — Dec. 2008

Depression Relapse Less Likely Among Teens Who Receive CBT After Medication Therapy — Dec. 2008

Downward Trend in Teen Marijuana Use Slows; Prescription Drug Abuse Remains High — Dec. 2008

Health Coverage in a Recession — Dec. 2008

Interpregnancy Interval and Subsequent Perinatal Outcomes Among Women Delaying Initiation of Childbearing — Dec. 2008

Long-Term Academic Effects of Child's ADHD May Extend to Siblings — Dec. 2008

Low-Income Adolescents Face More Barriers to Healthy Weight — Dec. 2008

Short Term Options for Medicaid in a Recession — Dec. 2008

SNAP and the Recession — Dec. 2008

The State of America's Children 2008 — Dec. 2008

Health Coverage of Children: The Role of Medicaid and SCHIP — Nov. 2008

Left Behind: America's Uninsured Children — Nov. 2008

Lives Saved in 2007 by Restraint Use and Minimum Drinking Age Laws — Nov. 2008

Reaching Those in Need: State Food Stamp Participation Rates in 2006 — Nov. 2008

Role of Medicaid Family Planning Waivers and Title X In Enhancing Access to Preconception Care — Nov. 2008

Does Public Insurance Provide Better Financial Protection Against Rising Health Care Costs for Families of Children With Special Health Care Needs? — Oct. 2008

Medicaid Re-Enrollment Policies and Children's Risk of Hospitalizations for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions — Oct. 2008


See all in this area »  Children Ready for School


The State of America's Children 2008 — Dec. 2008

Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel — 2008


See all in this area »  Children Succeeding in School


Resilient Girls—Factors that Protect Against Delinquency — Jan. 2009

Long-Term Academic Effects of Child's ADHD May Extend to Siblings — Dec. 2008

The State of America's Children 2008 — Dec. 2008

Implementing No Child Left Behind in Three States — Nov. 2008

Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel — 2008


See all in this area »  Strong Families


Health Coverage in a Recession — Dec. 2008

Low-Income Adolescents Face More Barriers to Healthy Weight — Dec. 2008

The Recession and the Earned Income Tax Credit — Dec. 2008

The Role of Welfare During a Recession — Dec. 2008

Short Term Options for Medicaid in a Recession — Dec. 2008

SNAP and the Recession — Dec. 2008

The State of America's Children 2008 — Dec. 2008

Health Coverage of Children: The Role of Medicaid and SCHIP — Nov. 2008

Left Behind: America's Uninsured Children — Nov. 2008

Reaching Those in Need: State Food Stamp Participation Rates in 2006 — Nov. 2008

Role of Medicaid Family Planning Waivers and Title X In Enhancing Access to Preconception Care — Nov. 2008

Does Public Insurance Provide Better Financial Protection Against Rising Health Care Costs for Families of Children With Special Health Care Needs? — Oct. 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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