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Children's Healthy Mental Development: What State Policymakers Need to Know

November 1, 2010

Research shows that experiences in the earliest years of life affect lifelong health outcomes and that those early years are full of opportunities to strengthen healthy physical and mental development.1,2This issue brief offers policymakers an action checklist for developing state policies and practices that support the healthy mental development of young children, and provides examples of such policies and practices already in place in Colorado. As well, the brief lists federal funding available to bolster state and local efforts to improve children's healthy mental development.

Philanthropy, Advocacy, Vulnerable Children, and Federal Policy: Three Essays on a New Era of Opportunity

October 13, 2009

Presents essays on the potential for a greater role for philanthropy and child advocacy in shaping federal policy, linking government services and community initiative, and gaps in child advocacy investment. Outlines strategies and challenges.

PolicyMatters: Reshaping the Advocacy Direction on Poverty Reduction

May 1, 2009

This essay provides an overview of two different but potentially complementary approaches to poverty reduction: "community-building and social justice pathways to community vitality" and "work pathways to economic self-sufficiency." It then discusses the role of advocacy in developing policies that can support these approaches.

Connecting Child Health and School Readiness

February 25, 2009

Describes research, practices, and policy options for integrating efforts to enhance child health and school readiness by ensuring child health care; linking child health, early learning, early intervention and family support; and improving environments.

Issue Brief: Connecting Child Health and School Readiness

February 23, 2009

This Issue Brief, authored by Charles Bruner, PhD, Executive Director of the Child and Family Policy Center, highlights how the health system can help to improve children's healthy development and school readiness, and how policies can help ensure that young children receive preventive and developmental health care.

Improving Child Health Care Through Federal Policy: An Emerging Opportunity

October 20, 2008

Summarizes legislative proposals introduced in 2007 to track primary care outcomes in Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP) and focus on strengthening primary, preventive, and developmental child health services and research.

Village Building and School Readiness: Closing Opportunity Gaps in a Diverse Society

January 1, 2008

Examines a community's impacts on child development and frames strategies to build early learning systems in poor minority neighborhoods. Stresses combining services with community-building and developing a diverse early education workforce from within.

Improving School Readiness Outcomes: Lessons From Six Communities

January 1, 2004

Describes efforts in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia to develop early learning systems for school readiness, using federal and state resources. Includes common themes that emerged from these six case studies.