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PPN Newsletter             August 2011


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 to PPN's Programs that Work section:  The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program improves high school and college graduation rates

Physical training
The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (ChalleNGe) is an intensive residential program that aims to "reclaim the lives of at-risk youth" who have dropped out of high school and give them the skills and values to succeed as adults. Developed by the National Guard Bureau in the U.S. Department of Defense, ChalleNGe operates in more than half of the states in the country. In a randomized controlled trial, ChalleNGe was shown to improve high school and college graduation rates in program participants three years after the conclusion of the program. After three years, participants also had higher rates of employment and, on average, earned higher wages compared to the control group.

Read moreRead the new National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program summary

U.S. Government Accountability Office documents inadequacies in federal data on child abuse and neglect fatalities

Neglected child
In a recent brief, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed the adequacy of data documented in the federal National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), which is based on voluntary state reports of child fatalities to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The GAO found that states face significant challenges in defining maltreatment-related fatalities, which can lead to inconsistent data. Additionally, a lack of coordination across numerous state agencies involved can make child fatality reporting difficult. Improving the quality of data reported and expanding the type of data collected, such as perpetrators' previous maltreatment of children, could improve social services agencies' abilities to prevent future abuse.

Read moreRead the brief at the U.S. Government Accountability Office website

A report on the nation's ninth graders: The High School Longitudinal Study of 2009

High school graduates
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently released data from the survey of the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS 09). At the beginning of their ninth grade year, over half of students reported that they expected to graduate from college or graduate school. Hispanic ninth graders were the least likely of the racial/ethnic categories represented to expect to graduate from college or graduate school. The HSLS 09 participants, as with previous HSLS groups that have been studied since 1972, will be followed through high school and into their postsecondary years and beyond. In addition to capturing information about students' school plans and expectations, the study collects data specifically related to math and science achievement.

Read moreRead the news release at the National Center for Education Statistics website

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


Stability and Change in Rural Youths' Educational Outcomes Through the Middle and High School Years — Sep. 2011

The Association of BMI Status with Adolescent Preventive Screening — Aug. 2011

Association of Childhood Adversities and Early-Onset Mental Disorders With Adult-Onset Chronic Physical Conditions — Aug. 2011

Change in Prevalence of Chronic Conditions Between Childhood and Adolescence Among Extremely Low-Birth-Weight Children — Aug. 2011

Childbearing Differences Among Three Generations of U.S. Women — Aug. 2011

Disaster and Youth Violence: The Experience of School-Attending Youth in New Orleans — Aug. 2011

Gender Differences in the Association Between Family Conflict and Adolescent Substance Use Disorders — Aug. 2011

Grandparents Driving Grandchildren: An Evaluation of Child Passenger Safety and Injuries — Aug. 2011

Late Talking and the Risk for Psychosocial Problems During Childhood and Adolescence — Aug. 2011

Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Primary Care to Prevent and Manage Childhood Obesity — Aug. 2011

School Outcomes of Children With Special Health Care Needs — Aug. 2011

Specifying Type and Location of Peer Victimization in a National Sample of Children and Youth — Aug. 2011

Suicide Attempts and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in the Treatment of Resistant Depression in Adolescents: Findings from the TORDIA Study — Aug. 2011

Poor Prepregnancy and Antepartum Mental Health Predicts Postpartum Mental Health Problems Among U.S. Women: A Nationally Representative Population-Based Study — July/Aug. 2011

Predictors of Prenatal and Postpartum Care Adequacy in a Medicaid Managed Care Population — July/Aug. 2011

Adolescent Sexual Activity and the Development of Delinquent Behavior: The Role of Relationship Context — July 2011

Annual Report on Health Care for Children and Youth in the United States: Focus on Trends in Hospital Use and Quality — July 2011

Child Maltreatment: Strengthening National Data on Child Fatalities Could Aid in Prevention — July 2011

Elevated Social Anxiety Among Early Maturing Girls — July 2011

Kids' Share 2011: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2010 — July 2011

Knowledge of and Attitudes Towards Evidence-Based Practices in Community Child Mental Health Practitioners — July 2011

Most Plastic Products Release Estrogenic Chemicals: A Potential Health Problem That Can Be Solved — July 2011

Obesity and Related Health Behaviors Among Urban and Rural Children in the United States: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 — July 2011

The Prevalence of Emotional and Behavior Problems in Pediatric Primary Care Serving Rural Children — July 2011

Social-Emotional Development of Dual Language Learners: A Critical Review of the Research — July 2011

Who Are America's Poor Children? Examining Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity — July 2011

Impact of a Universal School-Based Violence Prevention Program on Violent Delinquency: Distinctive Benefits for Youth with Maltreatment Histories — June 2011

The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on an Urban Pediatric Population — June 2011

Maternal Marital Status and the Risk of Stillbirth and Infant Death: A Population-Based Cohort Study on 40 Million Births in the United States — June 2011

Association of Family Stressful Life-Change Events and Health-Related Quality of Life in Fifth-Grade Children — Apr. 2011


See all in this area »  Children Ready for School


Late Talking and the Risk for Psychosocial Problems During Childhood and Adolescence — Aug. 2011

Early Care and Education Measures: A Critical Review of the Research Related to Dual Language Learners — July 2011

Social-Emotional Development of Dual Language Learners: A Critical Review of the Research — July 2011

A Longitudinal Study of the Social and Academic Competence of Economically Disadvantaged Bilingual Preschool Children — May 2011


See all in this area »  Children Succeeding in School


Stability and Change in Rural Youths' Educational Outcomes Through the Middle and High School Years — Sep. 2011

Late Talking and the Risk for Psychosocial Problems During Childhood and Adolescence — Aug. 2011

School Outcomes of Children With Special Health Care Needs — Aug. 2011

State Test Score Trends Through 2008-09, Part 4: Is Achievement Improving and Are Gaps Narrowing for Title I Students? — Aug. 2011

Early Care and Education Measures: A Critical Review of the Research Related to Dual Language Learners — July 2011

Social-Emotional Development of Dual Language Learners: A Critical Review of the Research — July 2011

High School Longitudinal Study of 2009: A First Look at Fall 2009 Ninth-Graders — June 2011

The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on an Urban Pediatric Population — June 2011

A Longitudinal Study of the Social and Academic Competence of Economically Disadvantaged Bilingual Preschool Children — May 2011


See all in this area »  Strong Families


Childbearing Differences Among Three Generations of U.S. Women — Aug. 2011

Predictors of Prenatal and Postpartum Care Adequacy in a Medicaid Managed Care Population — July/Aug. 2011

Kids' Share 2011: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2010 — July 2011

Who Are America's Poor Children? Examining Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity — July 2011

A Longitudinal Study of the Social and Academic Competence of Economically Disadvantaged Bilingual Preschool Children — May 2011



ABOUT OUR SUPPORTERS

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


Annie E. Casey Foundation

The California Wellness Foundation

The Community Foundation of North Louisiana

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 Mississippi

Kansas Action for Children

New York State Office of Children & Family Services

RAND Corporation

The Spencer Foundation


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