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Snow C, Selman RL, Walker PC. n.d.. Voices reading: Literacy to live by—A comprehensive reading and character development program for grades K-2. Columbus, OH: Zaner-Bloser, 72 pp. (Program overview)

Annotation: This book presents the Voices Reading program, which combines systematic, comprehensive literacy instruction with character development. The program uses multicultural trade books as its basis and leveled books to match individual needs. The program addresses six themes: identity awareness, perspective taking, conflict resolution, social awareness, love and friendship, and freedom and democracy. In addition to explaining these themes, the book presents program components and a literacy overview, addresses the achievement gap, and discusses research and methods and scope and sequence.

Contact: Zaner-Bloser, 1201 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215-3018, Telephone: (800) 421-3018 Secondary Telephone: (614) 486-0221 Web Site: http://zaner-bloser.com

Keywords: Character, Child development, Cultural competence, Educational attainment, Literacy education, Programs, Reading, Research

Community Preventive Services Task Force. 2016. Promoting health equity. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, multiple items.

Annotation: These resources provide evidence-based recommendations and findings about what works to promote health equity in the community. Topics include education programs and policies, culturally competent health care, and housing programs and policies. Presentation and promotional materials are included.

Contact: Community Preventive Services Task Force, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Community Guide Branch, 1600 Clifton Road, N.E., MSE69, Atlanta, GA 30329, Telephone: (404) 498-6595 E-mail: communityguide@cdc.gov Web Site: https://www.thecommunityguide.org/task-force/community-preventive-services-task-force-members Available from the website.

Keywords: Cultural competence, Early childhood education, Low income groups, After school programs, Child development centers, Community based programs, Community development, Community health centers, Consumer education materials, Culturally competent services, Education, Educational attainment, Equal opportunities, Financial support, Health care delivery, Health education, Health promotion, Housing, Kindergarten, Patient education materials, Public policy, Recruitment, Research, Retention, School based clinics, Training, Translation, Work force

Alper J, Thompson D, Baciu A, rapporteurs; Institute of Medicine, Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. 2015. Exploring opportunities for collaboration between health and education to improve population health: Workshop summary. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 126 pp.

Annotation: This report summarizes a public workshop held on June 5, 2014, in Washington, DC, to explore how the health and education sectors can work together more effectively to improve population health and increase educational attainment. Topics include why educational attainment is crucial to improving population health; how the health sector can support education sector efforts at the student, family, and school levels; how health care expenditures reduce education funding; the potential of health sector partners to contribute to the implementation of the best evidence about what supports educational attainment; and state and local collaboration between the health and education sectors.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: customer_service@nap.edu Web Site: http://www.nap.edu Available from the website.

Keywords: Collaboration, Costs, Educational attainment, Financing, Health status

Continelli T, Bruce C, Roberts E, Martiniano R. 2015. A profile of oral health providers in New York State. Rensselaer, NY: Center for Health Workforce Studies, 4 pp. (Research brief)

Annotation: This research brief provides information about the dentist and dental hygienist work force in New York state, including the concentration of dentists vs. dental hygienists, the concentration of dentists in urban vs. rural areas, the diversity of the oral health work force compared with the diversity of the state’s population, the ages of dentists and dental hygienists, and the educational attainment of dental hygienists. Sources and limitations of the data are described.

Contact: Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Albany, State University of New York, School of Public Health, One University Place, Suite 220, Rensselaer, NY 12144-3445, Telephone: (518) 402-0250 Fax: (518) 402-0252 E-mail: chws@health.ny.gov Web Site: http://chws.albany.edu Available from the website.

Keywords: Age factors, Cultural diversity, Dental hygienists, Dentists, Educational attainment, Health disparities, New York, Oral health, Rural environment, Urban environment, Work force

Child Trends. 2014. Making the grade: Assessing the evidence for integrated student supports. Bethesda, MD: Child Trends, 133 pp.

Annotation: This report examines, from multiple perspectives, integrated student supports (ISS) as a strategy to address disparities in educational attainment and achievement. The report defines ISS as a school-based approach to promoting students' academic achievement and educational attainment by coordinating a seamless system of wraparound supports at multiple levels that target students academic and non-academic barriers to learning. Topics include models developed by practitioners in communities, research on child development, research on education, as well as evaluation studies. The report triangulates these knowledge bases to assess where the ISS field is and the evidence base that underlies the approach. Next steps and implications for research and evaluation are included.

Contact: Child Trends, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1200 W, Bethesda, MD 20814, Telephone: (240) 223-9200 E-mail: Web Site: http://www.childtrends.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Academic achievement, After school programs, Barriers, Community role, Education, Educational attainment, Integrated services, Learning, School health education, School health programs, School health services, School role, School safety

Hynes M. 2014. Don't call them dropouts: Understanding the experiences of young people who leave high school before graduation. Washington, DC: America's Promise Alliance, 71 pp.

Annotation: This report presents findings from interviews and surveys of young people across the United States about what leads to leaving school before graduation. Contents include findings on the relationship between interrupted enrollment and family violence and abuse; school safety; violence in the neighborhood; personal and family health challenges; unsupportive or unresponsive school policies; family abandonment (death, incarceration, other events); family absence; instability of place (residential mobility, school mobility, homelessness); school salience; peer influence and support; and school and community support.

Contact: America's Promise Alliance, 1101 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005, Telephone: (202) 657-0600 Fax: (202) 657-0601 E-mail: info@americaspromise.org Web Site: http://www.americaspromise.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Academic achievement, Adolescents, Adverse effects, Educational attainment, Graduation, Life course, National surveys, Resilience, Risk factors, School attendance, School dropouts, School failure, Social support, Supported employment

Kaye K, Gootman JA, Ng AS, Finley C. 2014. The benefits of birth control in America: Getting the facts straight. Washington, DC: National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 37 pp.

Annotation: This document outlines the benefits to women, men, children, and society of pregnancy planning and the use of birth control in particular. Topics include reduced unplanned pregnancy and abortion, improved maternal and infant health, improved family well-being, advancement in women's education and employment, and benefits to society.

Contact: National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy = Power to Decide, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 478-8500 Fax: (202) 478-8588 E-mail: campaign@teenpregnancy.org Web Site: http://www.thenationalcampaign.org Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 1-58671-082-6.

Keywords: Abortion, Contraception, Costs, Educational attainment, Employment, Family health, Family planning, Infant health, Maternal health, Unplanned pregnancy

Hernandez DJ, Napierala JS. 2014. Mother's education and children's outcomes: How dual-generation programs offer increased opportunities for America's families. New York, NY: Foundation for Child Development, 23 pp.

Annotation: This report documents the need for dual-generation strategies for families with low income and education levels to assure strong educational outcomes and upward economic mobility. The report describes the following three components of a comprehensive dual-generation strategy: high-quality early childhood education (pre-kindergarten through third grade); sectoral job training leading to a certificate, credential, or degree for high-wage/high-demand jobs; and wrap-around family and peer support services. Additional topics include results of an analysis of 13 economic, education, and health indicators, which highlight disparities in the well-being experienced by children with four different levels of mother's education. Opportunities for federal, state, and local governments are included.

Contact: Foundation for Child Development, 295 Madison Avenue, 40th Floor, New York, NY 10017, Telephone: (212) 867-5777 Fax: (212) 867-5844 E-mail: info@fcd-us.org Web Site: http://www.fcd-us.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Barriers, Child health, Early childhood education, Educational attainment, Family support services, Government role, Intergenerational programs, Low income groups, Mothers, Statistical data, Vocational education, Work force

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health . 2013. Health snapshot: Hispanic adolescents in the United States. [Rockville, MD]: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health , (E-updates)

Annotation: This website provides information about Hispanic adolescents in the United States related to health care coverage, adolescent pregnancy, educational attainment, mental health, substance abuse, and weight. For each topic, links to information and programs are included. Background information about this population is also included.

Contact: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 700, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone: (240) 453-2846 E-mail: oah.gov@hhs.gov Web Site: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Adolescent attitudes, Adolescent behavior, Adolescent pregnancy, Adolescents, Cultural factors, Educational attainment, Mental health, Ethnic factors, Health insurance, Hispanic Americans, Obesity, Programs, Substance abuse

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Healthy Eating Research. 2013. Why does education matter so much to health?. Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2 pp. (Health policy snapshot: Issue brief)

Annotation: This brief focuses on the important of education to health. The brief provides an overview of the issue and discusses the impact of education on longevity, disease, and health disparities; the National Prevention Strategy that targets education to improve health; and trends.

Contact: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 50 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540-6614, Telephone: (877) 843-7953 Fax: Web Site: http://www.rwjf.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Chronic illnesses and disabilities, Educational attainment, Health, Health promotion, Income factors, Obesity, Prevention, Programs, Public policy, Trends

Hickson M, Ettinger de Cuba S, Weiss I, Donofrio G, Cook J. 2013. Too hungry to learn: Food insecurity and school readiness: Part I of II. Boston, MA: Boston Medical Center, Children's HealthWatch, 4 pp. (Research brief)

Annotation: This policy brief, which is the first in a two-part series, provides information about food insecurity and school readiness. The brief defines food insecurity, low food security, and very low food security and discusses how food insecurity is harmful to children's health and development, how food insecurity during early childhood affects children later on, how federal nutrition programs can help improve school readiness by counteracting food insecurity, and the effect of childhood food insecurity on academic and economic outcomes.

Contact: Children's HealthWatch, Dowling Building, 771 Albany Street, Ground Floor, Boston, MA 02118, Telephone: (617) 414-6366 Fax: (617) 414-7915 E-mail: childrenshealthwatch@childrenshealthwatch.org Web Site: http://www.childrenshealthwatch.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Child development, Child health, Early childhood development, Educational attainment, Hunger, Low income groups, Prevention, Programs, School readiness, Young children

Hickson M, Ettinger de Cuba S, Weiss I, Donofrio G, Cook J. 2013. Feeding our human capital: Food insecurity and tomorrow's workforce—Part II of II. Boston, MA: Boston Medical Center, Children's HealthWatch, 4 pp. (Research brief)

Annotation: This policy brief, which is the second in a two-part series, provides information about food insecurity among children and the work force of the future. The brief defines food insecurity and human capital and discusses problems associated with childhood food insecurity, how food insecurity is related to a child's chances of graduating from high school, the effects of failing to graduate from high school, how childhood food insecurity affects health in adulthood, costs of food insecurity to society, and how early childhood development programs and nutritional interventions can serve as an investment in human capital that strengthens the work force of the future.

Contact: Children's HealthWatch, Dowling Building, 771 Albany Street, Ground Floor, Boston, MA 02118, Telephone: (617) 414-6366 Fax: (617) 414-7915 E-mail: childrenshealthwatch@childrenshealthwatch.org Web Site: http://www.childrenshealthwatch.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent health, Adult health, Child development, Child health, Early childhood development, Educational attainment, Employment, Graduation, Hunger, Intervention, Low income groups, Nutrition, Prevention, Programs, School readiness, Work force, Young children

Dworsky A, Napolitano L, Barisik E, Reddy S, Simon M. 2013. The Demoiselle-2-Femme (D2F) pregnancy prevention program evaluation: Findings from the first baseline survey. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, 32 pp.

Annotation: This report presents the results of a baseline survey completed by 241 girls, primarily African American, in grade 9 through 11 who are participating in a federally funded evaluation of the Demoiselle-2-Femme signature after-school program in Chicago, Illinois. The purpose of the evaluation is to estimate the effects of program participation on a number of key behavioral outcomes, including sexual activity, unprotected sex, and adolescent pregnancy. The report presents background; describes the program; and discusses study design and methods; student characteristics; relationships with adults; attitudes, feelings, and knowledge about sexual behavior; sexual behavior and prior pregnancy; dating violence; tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use; and educational expectations.

Contact: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, 1313 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, Telephone: (773) 753-5900 Fax: (773) 753-5940 Web Site: http://www.chapinhall.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent attitudes, Adolescent behavior, Adolescent females, Adolescent pregnancy, Adolescent sexuality, Alcohol consumption behavior, Blacks, Community programs, Dating, Educational attainment, Illinois, Interpersonal violence, Marijuana, Prevention, Relationships, Smoking, Substance abuse

Hernandez DJ, Napierala JS. 2013. Diverse children: Race, ethnicity, and immigration in America's new non-majority generation. New York, NY: Foundation for Child Development, 36 pp. (Disparities among America's children, no. 1)

Annotation: This report focuses on the current well-being and future prospects of children in eight distinct race-ethnic-immigrant-status groups. The report discusses 19 indicators that focus on family economic resources, health, educational attainment, and demographic circumstances. The report presents two sets of findings for 2010, First, the report discusses each indicator in turn, with results for each race-ethnic-immigrant-status groups, highlighting key disparities across groups. The report then presents an overview, summarizing the overall pattern of disparities across all 19 indicators taken together.

Contact: Foundation for Child Development, 295 Madison Avenue, 40th Floor, New York, NY 10017, Telephone: (212) 867-5777 Fax: (212) 867-5844 E-mail: info@fcd-us.org Web Site: http://www.fcd-us.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Child health, Children, Economic factors, Educational attainment, Educational attainment, Ethnic factors, Families, Health, Immigrants, Racial factors

Diamond KE, Justice LM, Siegler RS, Snyder PA. 2013. Synthesis of IES research on early intervention and early childhood education. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, 77 pp.

Annotation: This synthesis describes lessons learned from research grants on early intervention and childhood education funded by the Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Research and National Center for Special Education Research published in peer-reviewed outlets through June 2010. The synthesis suggests avenues for further research to support improvements in early childhood education. Topics include early childhood classroom environments and general instructional practices, educational practices designed to impact children's academic and social outcomes, measuring young children's skills and learning, and professional development for early educators.

Contact: Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, 550 12 Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20024, Telephone: (202) 245-6940 E-mail: ies@ed.gov Web Site: http://ies.ed.gov Available from the website. Document Number: NCSER 2013-3001.

Keywords: Academic achievement, Early childhood education, Early intervention, Educational attainment, Research, Staff development

Kohl III HW, Cook HD, eds.; Institute of Medicine, Committee on Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment. 2013. Educating the student body: Taking physical activity and physical education to school. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 488 pp.

Annotation: This report makes recommendations about approaches for strengthening and improving programs and policies for physical activity and physical education in the school environment. The report, which lays out a set of guiding principles for accomplishing this task, covers the following topics: (1) the status and trends of physical activity behaviors in the United States and related school policies; (2) health, developmental, academic, and cognitive outcomes associated with physical activity and physical education; (3) an overview and discussion of physical education programs in schools, including what a high-quality program looks like; (4) an overview and discussion of physical activity programs in schools; and (5) evidence for the effectiveness of physical activity and physical education programs and policies.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: customer_service@nap.edu Web Site: http://www.nap.edu $59.00 plus shipping and handling; also available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 978-0-309-28313-7.

Keywords: Adolescent development, Adolescent health, Child development, Child health, Cognitive development, Educational attainment, Physical activity, Physical education, Programs, Public policy, Research, School health, School role, Trends

Schmit S, Matthews H, Smith S, Robbins T. 2013. Investing in young children: A fact sheet on early care and education participation, access, and quality. New York, NY: National Center for Children in Poverty; Washington, DC: Center for Law and Social Policy, 13 pp.

Annotation: This fact sheet provides information about early care and education for young children. The fact sheet offers information about the percentage of young children in each state experiencing risks related to poor educational outcomes, shows trends in federal and state investments in early care and education programs, and discusses state policies related to both access and quality.

Contact: National Center for Children in Poverty, 215 West 125th Street, Third Floor, New York, NY 10027, Telephone: (646) 284-9600 Fax: (646) 284-9623 E-mail: info@nccp.org Web Site: http://www.nccp.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Child care, Costs, Early childhood education, Educational attainment, Educational programs, High risk children, Programs, Public policy, State programs, Trends, Young children

Hernandez DJ, Napierala JS. 2012. Children in immigrant families: Essential to America's future. New York, NY: Foundation for Child Development, 37 pp. (FCD child and youth well-being index (CWI) policy brief)

Annotation: This policy brief focuses on areas in which children in immigrant families are advantaged or disadvantaged, compared with children with both parents born in the United States. The brief presents findings from 1994 to 2010 in the following categories: overall well-being, family economic well-being, health, educational attainment, community engagement, and social relationships. Results for select countries and regions of origin are also presented.

Contact: Foundation for Child Development, 295 Madison Avenue, 40th Floor, New York, NY 10017, Telephone: (212) 867-5777 Fax: (212) 867-5844 E-mail: info@fcd-us.org Web Site: http://www.fcd-us.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Child health, Children, Communities, Economic factors, Educational attainment, Families, Immigrants, International health, Relationships, Research, Social interaction, Statistical data

Aizer A, Stroud L, Buka S. 2012. Maternal stress and child outcomes: Evidence from siblings. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research, 35 pp. (NBER working paper series no. 18422)

Annotation: This paper estimates the impact of in-utero exposure to stress on the human capital accumulation (years of schooling) of adult offspring using a unique dataset with detailed information on parental characteristics, including prenatal levels of the hormone cortisol (a marker for stress) and offspring outcomes. The authors also explore how prenatal stress interacts with maternal human capital. The paper provides background information on the relationship between stress, cortisol, prenatal conditions, and offspring outcomes; describes the empirical strategy and data, and presents empirical results.

Contact: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-5398, Telephone: (617) 868-3900 Fax: (617) 868-2742 E-mail: info@nber.org Web Site: http://www.nber.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Educational attainment, Fetal development, Hormones, Low income groups, Mothers, Parents, Poverty, Pregnancy, Research, Statistical data, Stress

Lippman L, Guzman L, Moore KA. 2012. Measuring flourishing among youth: Findings from the Flourishing Children Positive Indicators Project. Washington, DC: Child Trends, 92 pp.

Annotation: This report provides information from a webinar presented by Child Trends on July 19, 2012, that discussed the Flourishing Children Positive Indicators Project, which developed constructs to measure positive indicators in adolescents. Topics include project purpose, measurement issues, project steps, cognitive interview findings, and constructs (relationship skills, flourishing in relationships, flourishing in school and work, helping others to flourish, environmental stewardship, and personal flourishing).

Contact: Child Trends, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1200 W, Bethesda, MD 20814, Telephone: (240) 223-9200 E-mail: Web Site: http://www.childtrends.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent development, Adolescent employment, Adolescent health, Educational attainment, Relationships, Research, Self esteem

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.