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PPN Newsletter             February 2010


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


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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WHAT'S NEW

New policy forum video now available: Promising Practices Related to Child Care Quality

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The Promising Practices Network (PPN), RAND Corporation, and Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families (GCYF) recently hosted a special event featuring a panel of leading national experts discussing research evidence related to assessing the quality of child care. This policy forum, held on December 9, 2009 in Santa Monica, California and via Webinar, was designed to help decision makers and funders understand the latest research related to child care quality and the implications for policymakers. Audience members included leaders from the region as well as visiting guests from around the country. Video of this event is now available for viewing online.

Go to PPN pageSee video of this event at the RAND Corporation website Go to PPN pageSee PPN's Expert Perspectives feature on child care quality

Public school-based abstinence-only sex education program for 6th and 7th grade students delays sexual initiation

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A randomized trial that compared an abstinence-only program to sex education programs that emphasized condom use and a comprehensive approach that combined condom use, abstinence and HIV prevention found that the abstinence-only program increased the age of sexual initiation and reduced the rate of recent sexual intercourse among participants at two-year follow-up. Participants included sixth- and seventh-grade African American students in urban public schools from one city in the northeastern United States. The abstinence-only sex education program aimed to educate participants about the risk of HIV and pregnancy, as well as provide skills to help participants negotiate abstinence and resist pressure to have sex. The program followed a structured curriculum, including group discussions, games, videos, exercises, and brainstorming, and was based on social-cognitive theory and the theory of reasoned action. This abstinence-only curriculum differs from many abstinence programs in that it emphasizes the health and life course benefits of abstinence rather than focusing on abstinence-until-marriage messages.

Read moreRead the abstract at the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine website Read moreRead more on this topic in PPN's Research in Brief and Programs that Work sections

Food stamp participation grows by 24 percent from 2008 to 2009

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A recent analysis of U.S. Census data, conducted by the Brookings Institution and reported in the research brief The Effects of the Recession on Child Poverty, found that the number of people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (formerly called "food stamps") grew by 24 percent between August 2008 and August 2009. This increase represents 7 million Americans, nearly half of whom are children. Nationwide, nearly one in five children below the age of 18 were living in poverty as of September 2009. Eight states, including Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, as well as Washington D.C., have very high rates of child poverty and have seen very high growth in food stamp participation.

Read moreRead the research brief at the Brookings website Read moreRead more on this topic in PPN's Research in Brief and Programs that Work sections


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


Efficacy of a Theory-Based Abstinence-Only Intervention Over 24 Months — Feb. 2010

Generation, Language, Body Mass Index, and Activity Patterns in Hispanic Children — Feb. 2010

Hunger in America 2010 — Feb. 2010

Improving Early Identification & Treatment of Adolescent Depression: Considerations & Strategies for Health Plans — Feb. 2010

It's Your Game: Keep It Real: Delaying Sexual Behavior with an Effective Middle School Program — Feb. 2010

Longitudinal Intervention Effects on Parenting of the Aventuras para Niños Study — Feb. 2010

Trends in Birth Weight and Gestational Length Among Singleton Term Births in the United States: 1990-2005 — Feb. 2010

Effectiveness of Weight Management Interventions in Children: A Targeted Systematic Review for the USPSTF — Jan. 2010

Factors Associated with Detection and Receipt of Treatment for Youth with Depression and Anxiety Disorders — Jan. 2010

Interventions for Reducing Adolescent Alcohol Abuse — Jan. 2010

Long-Term Effects of Prenatal and Infancy Nurse Home Visitation on the Life Course of Youths: 19-Year Follow-Up of a Randomized Trial — Jan. 2010

Prevalence and Treatment of Mental Disorders Among U.S. Children in the 2001-2004 NHANES — Jan. 2010

Prevalence of High Body Mass Index in U.S. Children and Adolescents, 2007-2008 — Jan. 2010

Reducing Maternal Intimate Partner Violence After the Birth of a Child: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Hawaii Healthy Start Home Visitation Program — Jan. 2010

Rising Social Inequalities in U.S. Childhood Obesity — Jan. 2010

Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2008-09 — Jan. 2010

State Strategies to Help Schools Make the Most of Their National School Lunch Program — Jan. 2010

U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity — Jan. 2010

The California Index of Child and Youth Well-Being — Dec. 2009

What Works for Parent Involvement Programs for Adolescents: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Social Interventions — Dec. 2009

What Works for Parent Involvement Programs for Children: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Social Interventions — Dec. 2009

Birth Weight Effects on Children's Mental, Motor, and Physical Development: Evidence from Twins Data — Nov. 2009

Changes in the Oral Health of U.S. Children and Adolescents and Dental Public Health Infrastructure Since the Release of the Healthy People 2010 Objectives — Nov. 2009

Dental Care and Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Population-Based Perspective — Nov. 2009

Socioeconomic Gradients in Infant Health Across Race and Ethnicity — Nov. 2009

Update on Disparities in Oral Health and Access to Dental Care for America's Children — Nov. 2009

The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2007 — 2009


See all in this area »  Children Ready for School


Birth Weight Effects on Children's Mental, Motor, and Physical Development: Evidence from Twins Data — Nov. 2009


See all in this area »  Children Succeeding in School


Long-Term Effects of Prenatal and Infancy Nurse Home Visitation on the Life Course of Youths: 19-Year Follow-Up of a Randomized Trial — Jan. 2010

The California Index of Child and Youth Well-Being — Dec. 2009

What Works for Parent Involvement Programs for Adolescents: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Social Interventions — Dec. 2009

What Works for Parent Involvement Programs for Children: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Social Interventions — Dec. 2009

The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2007 — 2009


See all in this area »  Strong Families


Hunger in America 2010 — Feb. 2010

Long-Term Effects of Prenatal and Infancy Nurse Home Visitation on the Life Course of Youths: 19-Year Follow-Up of a Randomized Trial — Jan. 2010

State Strategies to Help Schools Make the Most of Their National School Lunch Program — Jan. 2010

The California Index of Child and Youth Well-Being — Dec. 2009

The Effects of the Recession on Child Poverty — Dec. 2009

State Poverty Task Forces: A Step Ahead on Modern Poverty Measures — Dec. 2009

The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2007 — 2009



ABOUT OUR SUPPORTERS

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


Annie E. Casey Foundation

The California Wellness Foundation

The Colorado Trust

The Community Foundation of Shreveport-Bossier

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Family Communications, Inc. (FCI)

Family and Community Trust

Georgia Family Connection Partnership

Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families (GCYF)

Hands On Gulf Coast

Kansas Action for Children

KidsOhio.org

New York State Office of Children & Family Services

RAND Corporation

The Spencer Foundation


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