Subject: Studies in the News 02-16


CALIFORNIA RESEARCH BUREAU
CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY
Studies in the News
Children and Family Supplement


Contents This Week

Introductory Material ECONOMY AND SOCIETY
   Handbook of children and the media
EDUCATION
   Inventory of early education training opportunities
   School reform issues
HEALTH
   Birth defects tracking
   Day care and the common cold
   Enhancing early emotional development
HUMAN SERVICES
   Child care and welfare policy
   Well-being of children in the welfare system
   Effects of children's living arrangements
   Welfare reform effects on children
STUDIES TO COME
   Economic rationale for investing in children
   Translating knowledge into policy
   Effects of teacher thinking on education
   Mental health practices
Introduction to Studies in the News

Studies in the News: Children and Family Supplement is a service provided to the California Children and Families Commission (CCFC) by the State Library's Research Bureau and State Information and Reference Center. The service features weekly lists of current articles focusing on Children and Family policy. Prior lists can be viewed from the California State Library's Web Catalog by selecting the Special Resources link on the opening page at http://www.lib.state.ca.us/.

Service to State Employees:

  • When available, the URL for the full text of each item is provided.

  • Items in the State Library collection can be checked out to state officials and staff.

  • Access to all materials listed will be provided by the State Information Reference Center, either by e-mail to cslsirc@library.ca.gov or by calling 654-0261.

The following studies are currently on hand:

ECONOMY AND SOCIETY

MEDIA INDUSTRY

Handbook of Children and the Media. Edited by Dorothy G. Singer and Jerome L. Singer. (Sage Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks, California) 2001. 750 p.

["This publication brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers to analyze various aspects of the effects of the media on children. While much of this book is devoted to the effects of the electronic media, some discussion is also given to the print media." Family Matters (Autumn 2001) 84. NOTE: Handbook ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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EDUCATION

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Inventory of Early Childhood Education Training. By Jan Brown and others, Policy Analysis for California Education. Working Paper Series 01-4. Prepared for the California Children and Families Commission. (PACE, U.C. Berkeley and Stanford University, California) December 2001. 60 p.; Appendices.

Full Text at: www-gse.berkeley.edu/research/PACE/WP%2001-4.pdf

["Designed to facilitate a dialogue about strengths and limitations in training availability ... the report outlines both accredited and non-accredited training opportunities for center-based staff and family child-care providers at California's community colleges, state universities, private colleges, child care Resource & Referral (R&R) agencies and some community-based training institutions."]

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SCHOOL REFORM

Phi Delta Kappan, vol. 83, no. 5 (January 2002). Entire Issue.

[Includes articles on: "Small Schools;" "Partnering;" "Seeking Diversity;" "Teacher Education;" and "A Special Section on Effective Schools." NOTE: Phi Delta ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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HEALTH

BIRTH DEFECTS

Birth Defects Tracking and Prevention: Too Many States Are Not Making the Grade. By Paul A. Locke and others, Trust for America's Health (The Trust, Baltimore, Maryland) 2002. 20 p.

Full Text at: healthyamericans.org/state/birthdefects/bdreport.pdf

["Birth Defect Tracking Lauded; State's Data Leading to Healthier Babies: California and seven other states are doing an excellent job of tracking birth defects, the leading cause of death among infants in the United States, a study concluded.... California was given an 'A' grade because it has collected data since 1983 on more than 200 conditions by reviewing records during regular visits to hospitals and laboratories throughout the state." Los Angeles Daily News (February 21, 2002) N4.]

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CHILDREN

Influence Of Attendance at Day Care on the Common Cold From Birth Through 13 Years of Age. By Thomas M. Ball and others. IN: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, vol. 156, no. 2 (February 2002) pp. 121-126.

Full Text at: archpedi.ama-assn.org/issues/v156n2/rfull/poa10227.html

["The Tucson Children's Respiratory Study involves 1246 children enrolled at birth and followed from May 1980 through October 1984. Attendance at a large day care facility was associated with more common colds during the preschool years. However, it was found to protect against the common cold during the early school years, presumably through acquired immunity. This protection waned by 13 years of age."]

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INFANTS & CHILDREN

Enhancing Early Emotional Development: Guiding Parents of Young Children. By Jean Wixson Gowen and Judith Brennan Nebrig. (Paul H. Brookes Publishing, Baltimore, Maryland) 2002. 374 p.

[Includes: "Nurturing Babies, Toddlers, and Their Parents;" "Promoting Emotional Development During the First 2 Years;" "Understanding the Caregiving Environment;" and others. NOTE: Enhancing Early ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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HUMAN SERVICES

CHILD CARE

Child Care and Welfare Reform. By Gina Adams and Monica Rohacek. Policy Brief No. 14. The Brookings Institution (The Institution, Washington DC) February 2002. 8 p.

Full Text at: www.brookings.edu/dybdocroot/wrb/publications/pb/pb14.pdf

["This report states that child care is an essential part of federal and state welfare policy because it allows low-income families to move from welfare to work and to stay employed. Low-income working families that have not recently received welfare are less likely to receive child care assistance than those leaving welfare. This approach favors mothers who have been on welfare over equally poor mothers who have not. But because child care also affects children's development, policy and funding decisions ... have implications for the development and safety of millions of low-income children."]

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CHILDREN

The Well-Being of Children Involved with the Child Welfare System: A National Overview. Katherine Kortenkamp and Jennifer Ehrle. Series B, No. B-43, The Urban Institute (The Institute, Washington D.C.) January 2002. 8 p.

Full Text at: newfederalism.urban.org/pdf/anf_b43.pdf

["Most children involved with the child welfare system have experienced abuse or neglect and separation from a parent. Based on data from the National Survey of America's Families, an Urban Institute study finds that many are not faring well emotionally, behaviorally, educationally, or physically. While these children receive some services, their needs are substantial. The challenges for child welfare administrators are sizable, and the question for policymakers is whether child welfare agencies have the resources to meet them." HandsNet (March 1, 2002).]

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LOW INCOME

A Closer Look at Changes in Children's Living Arrangements in Low Income Families. By Andrew J. Cherlin and Paula Fomby. Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study Working Paper 02-01. Johns Hopkins University (The University, Baltimore, Maryland) February 20, 2002. 12 p.

Full Text at: www.jhu.edu/~welfare/work_paper_2-20.pdf

["This study finds that: 1) the percentage of children living with a single mother had declined, 2) the percentage of children living with a cohabitating mother had increased, 3) the cohabitation and the marriages were not with the biological father of the child, 4) most of the cohabitations and marriages had ended by the 2nd interview, 5) 22% of the children had experienced a change in living arrangement during the interval 6) 44% of the cohabitating and married mothers had not received welfare since the passage of the 1996 welfare reform act."]

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WELFARE

Welfare Policies Matter for Children and Youth: Lessons for TANF Reauthorization. By Pamela Morris and others. The Next Generation. Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation(The Corporation, New York, New York) March 2002. 10 p.

Full Text at: www.mdrc.org/Reports2002/NG_PolicyBrief/NGPolicyBrief.pdf

["This policy brief shows how reforms targeted at parents can have important consequences for their children. Specifically, the findings demonstrate that welfare policies that aim to improve the economic security of families can benefit children and can complement school-based interventions by giving children a better start in their education. For adolescents, the results suggest that policies that increase parental employment can have negative effects on school achievement, suggesting a new reason for policymakers to spur efforts to develop more flexible child care as well as strategies that can effectively engage low-income youth and help them move successfully into adulthood."]

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STUDIES TO COME
[The following studies, reports, and documents have been ordered or requested, but have not yet arrived. Requests may be placed, and copies will be provided when the material arrives.]

ECONOMY AND SOCIETY

CHILDREN

The Economic Rationale for Investing in Children: A Focus on Child Care. By Diane Paulsell, Mathematica Policy Research. (Human Services Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC) 2001. Various Pagings.

Full Text at: aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/cc-rationale02/index.htm

["The report summarizes a conference held to discuss the economic rationale for investing in child care. The report includes three commissioned papers discussing economic rationale for investments in other areas (health, education, and training), and how these rationale might be relevant for child care as well." NOTE: The Economic Rationale ... will be available for 3-day loan.]

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EDUCATION

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Early Childhood Development and Learning: New Knowledge for Policy. By the National Research Council. (National Academy Press, Washington, DC) 2001. 122 p.

Full Text at: books.nap.edu/books/NI000338/html/R8.html#pagetop

["Decades of research on the science of learning has shown that deep understanding requires both a rich foundation of factual knowledge and command of the subject's conceptual frameworks. This research has important implications for educational practice.This book includes executive summaries of five reports that, taken together, provide policy makers, educators, and parents." NOTE: Early Childhood ... will be available for 3-day loan.]

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TEACHERS

Teaching In Mind: How Teacher Thinking Shapes Education. By Judith Lloyd Yero. MindFlight Publishing. (MindFlight, Hamilton, Montana) 2002. 288 p.

["This book synthesizes the emerging theories for practicing teachers through dozens of practical examples. These examples demonstrate how a teacher's conceptualization of teaching and learning profoundly influences that teacher's behavior.... The book contains many exercises designed to help teachers identify and examine their own thought process." Teacher's Mind Resources (2001) 2. NOTE: Teaching ... will be available for 3-day loan.]

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HEALTH

MENTAL HEALTH

Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health. By Michael Jellinek. National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University (The Center, Washington, DC) 2002. Various Pagings.

Full Text at: www.brightfutures.org/mentalhealth/

["This two-volume set considers the mental health of children in a developmental context, presenting information on early recognition and intervention for specific mental health problems and mental disorders, and provides hands on tools for health professionals and families to use in screening, care management, and health education." HandsNet (February 22, 2002). NOTE: Bright Futures ... will be available for 3-day loan.]

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