CFK Weekly—July 30, 2001

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NEW ON CONNECT FOR KIDS

**Educating Schools on Behalf of Children in Foster Care

**The Overscheduled Child: Avoiding the Hyper-Parenting Trap

**The Children of Summer

**Teens Writing for Teens

KIDS AND POLITICS -- ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

**Congressional Conferees Negotiate Education Legislation

**Six-Month Check-Up on Bush Environmental Policies for Kids

**Bipartisan Support to Protect School Environmental Protection

CHILDREN IN POVERTY

**Let the War on the Poverty Line Commence

**Welfare Reform and Poverty

**RESULTS Hosting Local Meetings on Welfare Re-authorization

EARLY LEARNING

**Parents Value Child Care

**Assessing Early Learning

THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO GO!

** National KidsDay

**Anti-Drug Campaign Goes Local

**Child Welfare League of America Seeks Proposals for Presentations

HEALTH CARE -- WHO AND WHAT GETS COVERED

**Why Aren't More Uninsured Children Enrolled in Medicaid or SCHIP?

**Waivers Important in Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance
Program

**States' Early Experiences Serving Children with Special Health Care
Needs

RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITY BUILDERS

**Building Youth Development Systems in our Communities

**A Workbook for Rural Asset-Based Community Development

**Nonprofits Can Apply for Free Palm Products

**Handbook for Recruiting Foster Parents and Volunteers

WHAT WORKS, WHAT DOESN'T

**What Works (and What Doesn't) to Solve Social Problems

**Small-Class Students Maintain Edge Through 12th Grade

**Child Welfare Outcome Research in the English-Speaking Countries

**Does Job Corps Work?

BETTER PREVENTION, BETTER HEALTH

**States' Implementation of Abstinence Education Program

**Even a Little Secondhand Smoke Is Dangerous

HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS

**Household Food Security Study Summaries -- 2001 Edition

**Teen Birth Rate Declines

**Nation's First All-Children's Hospital Care Research Database

**Drug Related Emergency Department Visits: DAWN 2000

FOCUS ON THE STATES

**State-by-State News

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NEW ON CONNECT FOR KIDS

**Educating Schools on Behalf of Children in Foster Care

by Jim Timbers

Whatever the circumstances that lead to a child being in foster care,
they almost always make it harder for that child to go to school ready
to learn. And when a child also needs special education services, the barriers
to success are even higher. Jim Timbers, who works as an educational advocate,
says these kids need someone in their corner.

http://www.connectforkids.org

**The Overscheduled Child: Avoiding the Hyper-Parenting Trap

by Alvin Rosenfeld, M.D., and Nicole Wise

Some of today's parents are filling their children's lives with every
activity from music to martial arts in order to give them an edge in their
adult lives. But experts say the best supports may be letting kids know
they're loved just the way they are, with or without the extracurricular
activities.

http://www.connectforkids.org

**The Children of Summer

As we head into the dog days of summer, see what you can do to help
make it a joyful time of exploration and adventure; a time when kids still
benefit from learning, good nutrition and safe activities.

http://www.connectforkids.org

**Teens Writing for Teens

Since 1993, the magazine Foster Care Youth United has given kids in
foster care a platform to speak out about the issues that matter to them?everything
from what it's like when a family separates to the ins and outs of family
court, from a kid's eye-view. Read their stories in the online archive.

http://www.connectforkids.org


KIDS AND POLITICS -- ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

**Congressional Conferees Negotiate Education Legislation

Child advocates are concerned about provisions in the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act currently being negotiated in Congress, which could
impair key components of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

http://capwiz.com/thearc/issues/alert/?alertid=41571&type=CO&azip=

If you're interested in meeting the special education needs of foster
children, read this week's article, ?Educating Schools on Behalf of Children
in Foster Care.?

http://www.connectforkids.org

**Six-Month Check-Up on Bush Environmental Policies for Kids

Major environmental and health organizations say significant improvements
in the health and safety of America's children could be accomplished if
the new Administration provided strong leadership on the issue. For example,
government-wide strategies on issues ranging from childhood asthma to lead
exposure reductions to the health effects of sprawl could be addressed
through a well-resourced Interagency Task Force, which currently is set
to expire in October. Sufficient and sustained funding for innovative research
centers, a nationwide health-tracking infrastructure, chemical testing
batteries and well-targeted regulatory and educational programs would likewise
require leadership from high levels of the Administration.

http://www.cehn.org/cehn/bushreport.html

**Bipartisan Support to Protect School Environmental Protection

Environmental activists report that some Republicans and Democrats
are circulating ?Dear Colleague? letters to their peers urging support
for the House Conference Committee on the Elementary and Secondary Education
Act to accept the Senate-adopted School Environmental Protection Act provision
that would notify parents when schools are treated with pesticides.

http://www.beyondpesticides.org


CHILDREN IN POVERTY

**Let the War on the Poverty Line Commence

Children are disproportionately affected by poverty, and many programs
to strengthen families and children are tied to the official federal poverty
line. Thus child advocates might want to pay attention to Jared Bernstein's
call for changing the way we officially define poverty, so that we have
a more accurate picture of reality, better guidance for our policies and
better targeting of needed services.

http://www.ffcd.org/bernstein.html

**Welfare Reform and Poverty

Conservatives and liberals agree that child poverty will be an important
issue as the welfare reform reauthorization debate heats up in the 107th
Congress, but they tend to differ over whether the federal government is
primarily responsible for poverty reduction and about what specific actions
government should take to further reduce poverty. This Brookings Institution
policy brief reviews what we know about child poverty, and what to expect
from the right and left in the emerging debate over welfare reauthorization.

http://www.brookings.edu/wrb/publications/pb/pb04.htm

**RESULTS Hosts Local Meetings on Welfare Re-authorization

RESULTS will host community forums on welfare re-authorization in August
2001. The forums present the opportunity for building public awareness
in your community and among local media and congressional representatives
about the real experiences, victories and needs of your neighbors in the
welfare program.

If you would like a copy of RESULTS' handbook to guide your group through
organizing a community forum, request a hard or electronic copy from Rebekah
(Ray@action.org).


EARLY LEARNING

**Parents Value Child Care

A recent national survey commissioned by Easter Seals found that 30
percent of parents with children in child care would be willing to pay
10 percent or more above the current rate to ensure the best care available.

http://www.easter-seals.org/resources/press/cdc.asp

**Assessing Early Learning

How children approach learning -- curiosity and ability to stay on
task, for example -- is viewed by many experts as the most important element
to measure in assessing children under 7 years old, according to Lynn Kagan,
senior research scientist at Yale University. Kagan, who recently addressed
the Education Commission of the States' National Policy Forum on Education.

http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/27/60/2760.htm

For more information on prekindergarten initiatives across the states,
check out the Education Commission of the States' database.

http://www.ecs.org/ecsmain.asp?page=/html/issue.asp?issueid=37

Find out more about child care and early learning by visiting the Connect
for Kids Topic Pages.

http://www.connectforkids.org/homepage1543/index.htm


THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO GO!

**National KidsDay

Hundreds of YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H Clubs and other youth
groups will be celebrating National Kids Day on August 5, 2001. http://www.kidsday.net

**Anti-Drug Campaign Goes Local

This fall, newspapers across the country will publish special supplements
telling kids about the benefits of being drug-free. To find out how you
can build on this opportunity in your community, send an e-mail query to
antidrug@aed.org.

**Child Welfare League of America Seeks Proposals for Presentations

The Child Welfare League of America is accepting proposals for presentations
for its national conference, Children 2002: Making Children a National
Priority, set for March 6-8, 2002 in Washington, DC. http://www.cwla.org/conferences

Check out more places to go and things to do on the Connect for Kids
August calendar!

http://www.connectforkids.org/calendar1569/calendar.htm


HEALTH CARE -- WHO AND WHAT GETS COVERED

**Why Aren't More Children Enrolled in Public Health Insurance?

Parents interviewed in the 1999 National Survey of America's Families
give a variety of reasons for not enrolling their eligible children in
Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program, leading researchers
to question whether the current emphasis on education and outreach is sufficient
to increase program participation.

http://newfederalism.urban.org/html/series_b/b35/b35.html

**Waivers Important in Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance
Program

Previous administrations have made extensive use of Section 1115 of
the Social Security Act to give waivers and allow demonstration projects
in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program to fill gaps in
coverage for low-income and targeted populations. Currently one-fifth of
total federal Medicaid spending is through Section 1115 waiver programs.

According to this overview from the Kaiser Family Fund, a new administration
in the White House could mean a different balance in such services, from
waivers denied to extend family planning services for postpartum mothers
to changed procedures for approving waivers. http://www.kff.org/content/2001/4001/

**States' Early Experiences Serving Children with Special Health
Care Needs

According to this Urban Institute report, the State Children's Health
Insurance Programs (SCHIP) appear to be providing broad, affordable coverage
to low-income children with special health care needs. These children may
be disproportionately affected, however, by enrollment waiting periods
which preclude families from switching their children's private coverage
to SCHIP even if their private coverage is very limited or expensive.

http://newfederalism.urban.org/html/op48/occa48.html


RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITY BUILDERS

**Building Youth Development Systems in our Communities

Translating what we know from evaluation studies and research on youth
development into what youth programs and community services should look
like is not easy. This handbook from the Center for Youth Development and
Education translates theory into practice, charting the policy and program
implications for practice, along with worksheets to help community leaders
develop and improve youth services. While prepared specifically for Massachusetts,
much of the information is readily applicable to all states. Cost: $15.
Call Prudence at 617-727-8158.

http://www.commcorp.org/CYDE/RAY/default.htm

**A Workbook for Rural Asset-Based Community Development

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute's latest workbook describes
how rural areas can use local assets to build stronger communities for
children and families. Cost: $9 prepaid. Call 800-397-2282 to order.

http://www.northwestern.edu/IPR/abcd.html

**Nonprofits Can Apply for Free Palm Products

Each month, Palm, Inc. donates a limited number of Palm IIIxe's and
Palm M100's to nonprofit organizations. You can now access application
forms online.

http://www.palm.com/about/corporate/donations.html

**Handbook for Recruiting Foster Parents and Volunteers

Recruiting foster families is a difficult task even under the best
of circumstances, but agencies can significantly increase their chances
of successfully finding foster families and volunteers by designing a carefully
planned strategy for engaging the community in foster care. This Child
Welfare League of America handbook can help. Cost: $14.95

http://www.cwla.org/pubs/pubdetails.asp?PUBID=8137

Manuals and toolkits for community building are available on the Connect
for Kids ?Community Building? topic page. http://www.connectforkids.org/benton_topics1544/benton_topics.htm


WHAT WORKS, WHAT DOESN'T

**What Works (and What Doesn't) to Solve Social Problems

Community strategies that ensure healthy families and children, thriving
neighborhoods, living-wage jobs and viable economies need time, money,
and a comprehensive approach, according to this review of the evaluation
research from the Pew Partnership for Civic Change.  http://www.pew-partnership.org

 

**Small-Class Students Maintain Edge Through 12th Grade

Researchers who have studied the issue of the impact of class size
on the performance of children claim they now have incontrovertible evidence
that even a few early years of study in a small class of 13-17 peers will
enhance a student's academic achievement all the way through high school.

http://www.buffalo.edu/news/fast-execute.cgi/article-page.html?article=52740009

**Child Welfare Outcome Research in English-Speaking Countries

This Child Welfare League of America book summarizes the research on
family preservation and support service programs, child protective services,
out-of-home care, adoption, child care and services for adolescents in
Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Cost: $14.95

http://www.cwla.org/pubs/pubdetails.asp?PUBID=9184

**Does Job Corps Work? Summary of the National Job Corps Study

Serving over 60,000 new participants each year, the Job Corps program
is distinguished from other programs by the intensive education, training
and support services it provides in a residential setting. Because it is
so intensive, Job Corps is expensive, but this evaluation from Mathematica
finds that its benefits exceed the costs of the program by nearly $17,000
per participant.

http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/PDFs/redirect.asp?strSite=jobsummfinal.pdf


BETTER PREVENTION, BETTER HEALTH

**States' Implementation of Abstinence Education Program

As part of its reworking of the nation's welfare system in 1996, Congress'
new abstinence education initiative (Section 510 of Title V of the Social
Security Act) was designed to emphasize abstinence from sexual activity
outside of marriage at any age, not just for adolescents. A survey of state
implementation of Section 510 reveals wide variation, but most jurisdictions
prohibited the provision of information about contraception and about providers
of contraceptive services, even in response to a direct question and when
using other sources of funding.

http://www.agi-usa.org/pubs/journals/3316601.html

**Even a Little Secondhand Smoke Is Dangerous

Arguing that the effect of passive smoking is as high as one-third
the effect of active smoking, this editorial in the Journal of the American
Medical Association says communities should continue to require that workplaces,
including restaurants and bars, be smoke-free and mount public education
campaigns to encourage smoke-free homes.

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v286n4/ffull/jed10040.html


HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS

**Household Food Security Study Summaries -- 2001 Edition

Brandeis University's Center on Hunger has compiled summaries of 40
separately released or published reports on family hunger and food insecurity
from 22 states and Canada.

http://www.centeronhunger.org/whatsnew.html

**Teen Birth Rate Declines

The U.S. teen birth rate declined to a record low in 2000, according
to a preliminary report on births from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/releases/01news/newbirth.htm

**Nation's First All-Children's Hospital Care Research Database

The Kids' Inpatient Database from he U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality has comprehensive information on about 1.9 million children's
hospital inpatient stays at over 2,500 hospitals across the United States
in 1997, offering researchers a database with a wealth of information about
common and rare procedures.

http://www.ahrq.gov/news/press/pr2001/kidpr.htm

**Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits: DAWN 2000

The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) is an annual representative survey
designed to capture information about emergency department visits that
are induced by or related to the use of an illegal drug or the nonmedical
use of a legal drug.  About 31 percent of DAWN emergency department
cases overall involve patients age 25 and under. Between 1999 and 2000,
emergency department visits involving the club drug MDMA (Ecstasy), which
is more prevalent among young people, increased 58 percent.

http://www.health.org/newsroom/releases/2001/july01/10.htm


FOCUS ON THE STATES

**State-by-State News

Check out news about kids in your state in the ?state-by-state? section
of the Connect for Kids Web site. Here's a sample of this week's additions
to our state pages.

http://www.connectforkids.org/homepage1576/index.htm

**State Tax Revenues Up in 2000

Nationally, per capita state taxes were $1,922 for every man, woman
and child. With wide variations, state government tax revenues grew by
eight percent, from $500 billion in 1999 to $540 billion in 2000, according
to the Census Bureau.

http://www.census.gov/govs/www/statetax.html

Arkansas

?Working Families in Arkansas? summarizes the legislation enacted by
the 2001 General Assembly affecting working families, including economic
development policies, tax incentives and breaks, workforce development
policies, housing regulations, new taxes, and more.

http://www.aradvocates.org/workfam/issue3.pdf

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families' new county profiler is
an easy way to access statistics about your county.

http://www.aradvocates.org/data/county.asp

Colorado

The National Association for the Education of Young Children reports
that Colorado school districts will be able to offer full-day kindergarten
as a pilot program, funded with $2.8 million in state funds.  Programs
are limited to students in schools that received an unsatisfactory performance
grade.

http://64.14.114.200/cgi-bin/signup.pl?dir=naeyc

California

The California Budget Project's new Welfare Reform Update, ?What Do
We Know About Former CalWORKs Recipients?,? analyzes the findings of ?leavers?
studies since CalWORKs was implemented. The update finds that over half
of CalWORKs leavers are working, but that most are employed in low-wage
jobs, earning far less than what they need to raise a family in California.
http://www.cbp.org under ?Welfare Reform.?

District of Columbia

For a copy of the Children's Health Care Coalition of DC's "Report
to the Community: 2001," contact Frankeena Wright, Health Policy Coordinator,
at 234-9404 or wrightfr@dckids.org.

Indiana

?State of Indiana: Strategies for Improving Food Stamp, Medicaid, and
SCHIP Participation? finds that the state used an especially broad and
creative strategy to increase children's enrollment in Medicaid.

http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/PDFs/redirect.asp?strSite=indianafinal.pdf

TEAM TV Youth Communication Network (YMCA) and the Boys and Girls club

are taking the lead and holding a big yard party for all to celebrate
National Kids Day August 5, 2001 in Fort Wayne.

http://www.ymca-teamtv.org

Maine

"State of Maine: Strategies for Improving Food Stamp, Medicaid, and
SCHIP Participation" presents promising practices from a state with very
high participation rates in the Food Stamp Program.  Maine's program
treats food stamps and medical assistance as key work supports, simplifying
enrollment and recertification, improving program accessibility and expanding
food stamp eligibility.

http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/PDFs/redirect.asp?strSite=mainefinal.pdf

Michigan

Despite the work of the Legislature to maintain funding in the Department
of Community Health budget for 0-3 Secondary Prevention, the Governor vetoed
$1 million from the program for fiscal year 2002.

http://www.michiganschildren.org/page.cfm/82/

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children reports that the state budget
passed without any funding for preschool, but supporters are confident
of an eventual victory. http://www.papartnerships.org

New York

Children's Defense Fund New York has developed some simple strategies
and tools that can be easily adopted (and adapted) by organizations that
want to play a part in promoting children's health insurance access. http://www.cdfny.org

Keep in touch, everyone!

Jan Richter, Outreach Specialist and the Connect for Kids team

Jan@benton.org