Subject: Studies in the News 02-69 (November 13, 2002)


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


Contents This Week

Introductory Material HEALTH
   Special health care needs of children
   Promoting early childhood development
HUMAN SERVICES
   Child care quality standards
   Family child care standards
   Well-being of California's children
STUDIES TO COME
Introduction to Studies in the News

Studies in the News is a very current compilation of items significant to the Legislature and Governor's Office. It is created weekly by the State Library's Research Bureau to supplement the public policy debate in California’s Capitol. To help share the latest information with state policymakers, these reading lists are now being made accessible through the State Library’s website. This week's list of current articles in various public policy areas is presented below.

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:

HEALTH

CHILDREN

Children With Special Health Care Needs in Commercial Managed Care: Patterns of Use and Cost. Final Report. By Henry T. Ireys, Mathematica Policy Research, and others. Prepared for Health Resources and Services Administration. (The Administration, Rockville, Maryland) September 27, 2002. 68 p.

Full Text at: www.mathematica-mpr.com/PDFs/childrenspecial.pdf

["Children with special health care needs who are enrolled in commercial, employer-based health insurance plans may be at high risk for inadequate access to needed health services. This report provides new and important information on patterns of service use and cost for 30,000 children with special health care needs enrolled in private managed care plans in 1999-2000." HandsNet (November 1, 2002).]

[Request #S6716]

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Primary Care Services: Promoting Optimal Child Development From Birth to Three Years. By Michael Regalado and Neal Halfon, UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health. (The Commonwealth Fund, New York, New York) September 2002. 88 p.

Full Text at: www.cmwf.org/programs/child/regalado_optimalchild_531.pdf

["This report defines and examines the evidence for the effectiveness of health services specifically targeted at promoting optimal development in children from birth to 3 years of age. The services reviewed are provided in general pediatric settings as part of routine well-child care and health supervision."]

[Request #S6717]

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HUMAN SERVICES

CHILD CARE

Places For Growing: How to Improve Your Child Care Center. By Heidi M. Ferrar. (Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, New Jersey) 2002. 52 p.

Full Text at: www.mathematica-mpr.com/PDFs/center.pdf

["Many children spend the most active and important parts of their day in child care. This guide paints a picture of high-quality child care for preschoolers, describing daily routines, mealtimes, how the classroom is arranged, materials and equipment, and other features that go beyond the important steps of registration, licensing, and professional accreditation. It also suggests ways that providers can improve the quality of care they provide and offers easy-to-use standards for assessing quality." HandsNet (October 25, 2002).]

[Request #S6718]

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Places For Growing: How To Improve Your Family Child Care Home. By Heidi M. Ferrar and others. (Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, New Jersey) 2002. 48 p.

Full Text at: www.mathematica-mpr.com/PDFs/family.pdf

["Many family child care providers operate with little outside support. This guide paints a picture of high-quality family child care, describing daily routines, mealtimes, how the home is arranged, materials and equipment, and other features that go beyond the important steps of registration, licensing, and professional accreditation. It also suggests ways that providers can improve the quality of care they offer and provides easy-to-use standards for assessing quality." HandsNet (October 25, 2002).]

[Request #S6719]

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CHILDREN

"California's Young Children: Demographic, Social and Economic Conditions." By Deborah Reed and Amanda Bailey, Public Policy Institute of California. California Counts. Vol. 4, No. 2 (The Institute, San Francisco, California)November 2002. 16 p.

Full Text at: www.ppic.org/publications/CalCounts14/calcounts14.pdf

["The social and economic circumstances of California's young children are a matter of widespread policy concern. These circumstances vary substantially by race and ethnicity, nativity and immigrant generation, and region. This issue describes that variation for several indicators of well-being including parental education and work, family income, and health insurance."]

[Request #S6720]

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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.]

EDUCATION

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

From At-Risk to Excellence: Research, Theory, and Principles for Practice. By Roland Tharp. (Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence, Washington, DC) 1997. Various pagings.

["This publication provides a comprehensive framework for educational research and development that is strong, flexible, and inclusive of diversity among all individuals and communities. It is based on a theoretical framework that is sensitive to diversity of culture and language, and powerful enough to identify the great commonalties that unite people. It addresses educational excellence from preschool to higher education for students from all major linguistic, cultural, and ethnic groups, including those suffering all four identified risk factors for educational failure (limited English proficiency, poverty/economic disadvantage, race, and geographic location)." NOTE: From At-Risk to Excellence ... will be available for 3-day loan.]

[Request #S6721]

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