Knitzer J, Lefkowitz J. 2006. Pathways to early school success: Helping the most vulnerable infants, toddlers, and their families. New York, NY: National Center for Children in Poverty, 37 pp.
Annotation: This issue brief focuses on the challenges of helping infants and toddlers whose earliest experiences, environments, and relationships expose them to high levels of stress. The brief describes 10 strategies that programs and communities can take to ensure that these infants and toddlers and their families are connected to sufficiently intensive supports to place them on a path to early school success.The brief, which includes an executive summary, is divided into the following main sections: (1) setting the context (definiing vulnerability; the rationale for paying special attention to vulnerable infants, toddlers, and families), (2) appropriate intervention goals, (3) 10 strategies to help infants, toddlers, and families at high risk for poor outcomes, and (4) moving forward (principles to guide policy, practice, and advocacy). The brief includes three appendices: (1) Vulnerable Infants, Toddlers, and Families Conference participant list, (2) contact information for resources, and (3) additional national resources.
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: email@example.com Web Site: http://www.nccp.org Available from the website.
Keywords: Child development, Child health, Families, Family support services, High risk children, High risk infants, Infant development, Infant health, Intervention, Parent child relations, School readiness, Stress, Vulnerability