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Magrab P. n.d.. Networking and Community-Based Services for Children with Special Needs: [Final report]. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Medical Center, 45 pp.

Annotation: This project sought to achieve comprehensive, coordinated, community-based services for children with special health needs and their families through improved collaboration among parents and public and private agencies at all levels within the service delivery system. Activities included maintaining a network of States, facilitating coalitions within States, brokering technical assistance, organizing conferences, and developing materials on topics such as the financing of services, service provision to culturally diverse groups, rural services, and collaboration between mental health professionals and other health care providers. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, Telephone: (703) 605-6050 Secondary Telephone: (888) 584-8332 E-mail: customerservice@ntis.gov Web Site: http://www.ntis.gov Document Number: NTIS PB93-147130.

Keywords: Child Care, Chronically Ill, Collaboration of Care, Community-Based Health Care, Families, Family-Based Health Care, Financing, Grandparents, Medicaid, Networks, Parent Support Groups, Parents, Rural Population

Moodie S, Ramos M. 2014. Culture counts: Engaging black and Latino parents of young children in family support programs. Bethesda, MD: Child Trends, 16 pp.

Annotation: This brief provides an overview of family support programs and identifies the features and strategies that may be most effective for reaching and engaging black and Latino families, with the ultimate goal of supporting young children's development. Contents include a synthesis of available research on parent engagement and potential barriers to their engagement in family support services and programs. Recommendations for designing, adapting, and evaluating culturally-relevant family support programs and services are also 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: Barriers, Child development services, Culturally competent services, Ethnic groups, Families, Family support programs, Parent participation, Parents, Research, Young children

Klebanov PK. (2013). Variation in home visiting of the first three years of life: Links to family characteristics, aspects of home visits, and child outcomes. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University and Columbia University, 44 pp.

Annotation: This paper, which focuses on the Infant Health and Development Program, a randomized multisite study of 985 low-birthweight infants and their families, examines the following three questions: (1) What are the different patterns of home visits? (2) Which child, maternal, and family demographic characteristics and qualities of the home visit are associated with these home-visitation patterns? (3) Are higher frequency patterns of home visits associated with positive effects for children's cognitive and behavioral outcomes and mothers' depression, social support, and knowledge of child development? The authors also examine the significance of the home environment. The paper includes a literature review and a description of the study method, measures, data analysis, and results.

Contact: Pew Charitable Trusts, One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, Suite 1700, Philadelphia, PA 19103-7077, Telephone: (215) 575-9050 Fax: (215) 575-4939 E-mail: info@pewtrusts.org Web Site: http://www.pewtrusts.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Behavior disorders, Behavior problems, Child behavior, Cognitive development, Depression, Early childhood development, Families, High risk groups, Home visiting, Infant development, Infants, Low birthweight infants, Low income groups, Mothers, Parent support programs, Postpartum depression, Programs, Young children

Spielberger J, Gouvea M, Rich L. 2012. Improving school readiness: A brief report from the Palm Beach County Family Study. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall, 10 pp. (Chapin Hall discussion paper)

Annotation: This brief presents findings about the potential impact of the service system on improving children's readiness for school from a longitudinal study of a sample of families at high risk living in targeted geographic areas that have higher-than-average rates of child maltreatment, crime, and other related factors that affect school readiness. The brief describes characteristics that are likely to influence children's school readiness, presents findings related to families' use of a range of formal services during their children's early years, and looks at the relationship between these factors and one indicator of children's readiness for school—scores on the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screen.

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: Child abuse, Child neglect, Communities, Crime, Early childhood development, Families, Family support services, Health services, High risk groups, Low income groups, Maltreated children, Parent support services, Research, Risk factors, School readiness, Service delivery systems, Young children

Chrisler A, Moore KA. 2012. What works for disadvantaged and adolescent parent programs: Lessons from experimental evaluations of social programs and interventions for children. Washington, DC: Child Trends, 23 pp. (Fact sheet)

Annotation: This fact sheet provides information about programs that work and do not work to improve outcomes for adolescent parents with low incomes and their children. The fact sheet reviews 20 parenting programs that are geared toward enhancing parents' development, educating them about effective parenting methods, or both. The fact sheet introduces the issue and reports findings for programs in six outcome areas: child outcomes: health; child outcomes: behaviors and development; parent outcomes: reproductive health; parent outcomes: mental health and behaviors; parent outcomes: education, employment, and income; and parenting outcomes. Promising approaches and future research needs are also discussed.

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 attitudes, Adolescent behaviors, Adolescent development, Adolescent health, Adolescent parents, Child development Parent support programs, Child health, Education, Employment, Family income, High risk groups, Low income groups, Mental health, Parent support services, Parenting skills, Reproductive health, Research

Maschinot B, Cohen J. 2012. Supporting babies and families impacted by caregiver mental health problems, substance abuse, and trauma: A community action guide. Rockville, MD: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 87 pp.

Annotation: This community action guide describes the experiences of a woman and her infant daughter to point out resources that service providers, advocates, and health professionals can use to better understand and respond to the needs of families and children with problems related to mental health, substance abuse, and trauma. The guide also presents information, resources, and tips to foster unified communities that are responsive to families' needs. Topics include the importance of the birth-to-age-5 developmental stage, threats to resilience, levels of stress in young children and families, protective factors, a strategic framework for action, and moving forward. Brief descriptions of successful programs are included.

Contact: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, One Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857, Telephone: (877) SAMHSA-7 Secondary Telephone: (877) 726-4727 E-mail: Web Site: http://www.samhsa.gov Available from the website. Document Number: SMA-12-4726.

Keywords: Advocacy, Children, Community programs, Domestic violence, Families, Family support services, High risk groups, Infants, Mental health, Parent support services, Resilience, Resource materials, Stress, Substance abuse, Vulnerability, Young children

Illinois Department of Human Services. 2012. The reduction of infant mortality in Illinois: The Family Case Management Program and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children—2011 annual report. Springfield, IL: Illinois Department of Human Services, 21 pp.

Annotation: This annual report provides information about the Family and Case Management Program and WIC Program in Illinois for FY 2011. The programs strive to reduce infant mortality while also providing other services. Topics include program descriptions, financing, service delivery systems, caseload, performance, outcomes, and racial disparities in infant mortality.

Contact: Illinois Department of Human Services, 100 S. Grand Avenue, E., Springfield, IL 62762, Telephone: (800) 843-6154 Secondary Telephone: (800) 804-3833 Web Site: http://www.dhs.state.il.us Available from the website.

Keywords: Case management, Families, Family support programs, Final reports, Programs, Financing, Health care systems, High risk groups, Illinois, Infant health, Infant mortality, Low income groups, Parent support programs, Prevention, Racial factors, Service delivery systems, State programs, Women's health

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. 2012. Legacy for Children [Program web site]. Atlanta, GA: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities,

Annotation: This website provides information about Legacy for Children, an evidence-based program whose aim is to improve child outcomes by promoting positive parenting among mothers of infants and young children with low incomes. Information is provided on the program's philosophy, how the program works, and the intervention. More information about program study sites is offered, and links to related pages are included.

Contact: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, Telephone: (800) 232-4636 Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348 E-mail: cdcinfo@cdc.gov Web Site: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd Available from the website.

Keywords: Communities, Early childhood development, Family support, Family support programs, Infant development, Infants, Intervention, Low income groups, Mothers, Parent child relations, Parenting skills, Programs, Young children

Family Voices of Wisconsin. 2010. Shared participation: Strategies to increase the voice of families from diverse backgrounds as partners and advisors. Madison, WI: Family Voices of Wisconsin, 17 pp.

Annotation: This report documents Family Voices' conversations with parents of children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities from diverse cultural groups (Hispanic, African American, and Native American). The report describes parents' concerns about and perceived barriers to (1) being partners in decision-making about supports and services and (2) being advisors to committees and councils. The report also shares parents' recommendations for how to improve their capacity to be effective decision-makers for their own children, and provides parents' suggestions for improving organizational recruitment and support for participation on advisory committees and for other leadership roles. The report discusses engaging Hispanic parents, African-American parents, and Native American parents and presents common themes across groups for recruiting and supporting parents new to advisory roles.

Contact: Family Voices of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 55029, Madison, WI 53705, Telephone: (608) 220-9598 E-mail: barb@FVofWI.org Web Site: http://www.FVofWI.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent with special health care needs, Advisory committees, American Indians, Blacks, Children with special health care needs, Cultural factors, Health services, Hispanic Americans, Leadership, Minority groups, Parent participation, Parent professional relations, Parent support services, Parents, Recruitment

Compassionate Friends. 2010. To the newly bereaved. Oak Brook, IL: Compassionate Friends,

Annotation: This resource offers support to bereaved parents who have recently lost a child at any age for any reason. It describes thoughts and feelings that are common during the grieving process and suggests simple steps that grieving parents can take to help cope with their loss. Although the brochure acknowledges that parents who have lost a child will never be the same, it suggests ways of finding support that can contribute to the healing process. Information on how to locate and participate in a Compassionate Friends support group is included.

Contact: Compassionate Friends, 48660 Pontiac Trail, #930808, Wixom, MI 48393, Secondary Telephone: (877) 969-0010 Fax: (630) 990-0246 E-mail: nationaloffice@compassionatefriends.org Web Site: https://www.compassionatefriends.org Single print copies available from the website; Packets of 100 brochures are available for $15.00.

Keywords: Bereavement, Child death, Grief, Mental health, Parent support services, Support groups

Ranji U, Salganicoff A, Stewart AM, Cox M, Doamekpor L. 2009. State Medicaid coverage of perinatal services: Summary of state survey findings. Washington, DC: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 25 pp.

Annotation: This report highlights findings from the 2007/2008 State Survey of Reproductive Health Services Under Medicaid. The report examines state Medicaid program policies regarding coverage of pregnancy-related services. It details state-level Medicaid eligibility and enrollment policies for pregnant women, as well as scope of coverage for prenatal and screening services, delivery and postpartum care, educational classes, and support services.

Contact: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, Telephone: (650) 854-9400 Secondary Telephone: (202) 347-5270 Fax: (650) 854-4800 Web Site: http://www.kff.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Childbirth, Eligibility, Enrollment, Health services, Low income groups, Medicaid, Parent education programs, Parent support services, Postpartum care, Pregnancy, Pregnant women, Prenatal care, Prenatal education, Programs, Reproductive health, Screening tests, Women's health

Zedlewski SR, Chaudry A, Simms M. 2008. A new safety net for low-income families. Washington, DC: Urban Institute, 26 pp.

Annotation: This paper synthesizes an integrated set of policy proposals designed to help low-income working parents receive training so that they can advance to better-paying jobs and receive other services to help them get a secure foothold in the labor market and find and keep employment. The paper covers the following topics: (1) low-income working families are at risk, (2) employment-based and government supports don't do enough, (3) how could policies change to help low-income families succeed?, and (4) what would it take to implement new policies?

Contact: Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037, Telephone: (202) 833-7200 Fax: (202) 467-5775 E-mail: http://www.urban.org/about/contact.cfm Web Site: http://www.urban.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Family support services, High risk groups, Low income groups, Parent support services, Poverty, Professional training, Public policy, Training, Working parents

Schulman K, Blank H. 2007. Close to home: State strategies to strengthen and support family, friend, and neighbor care. Washington, DC: National Women's Law Center, 32 pp.

Annotation: This report addresses some policy decisions that states make or could make to support family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) care of children whose parents are working. Such policy decisions include (1) determining which providers are exempt from state licensing or regulation, (2) setting standards for FFN providers receiving public funds, (3) establishing policies for child care assistance programs that help parents pay for FFN care, including provider reimbursement rates and parent co-payments; (4) supporting initiatives to improve the quality of child care, including FFN care, (5) allowing FFN providers to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, (6) facilitating coordination of state prekindergarten initiatives with FFN care, (7) assisting FFN providers caring for children with disabilities and other special needs, (8) making home visiting and family support programs available to FFN providers, and (9) permitting unionization of FFN providers. The report discusses the policy options states have in each of the areas, how these policies can affect families using FFN care as well as FFN providers, and examples of promising approaches states have taken.

Contact: National Women's Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle. N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 588-5180 Fax: (202) 588-5185 E-mail: info@nwlc.org Web Site: http://www.nwlc.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Child care, Children with special health care needs, Families, Family support programs, Financing, Home visiting, Licensing, Low income groups, Public policy, State programs, Working parents

Golden O, Winston P, Acs G, Chaudry A. 2007. Framework for a new safety net for low-income working families. Washington, DC: Urban Institute, 52 pp. (Low-income working families paper 7)

Annotation: This paper offers a framework for thinking about the complex array of public programs and private benefits that can help low-income working families chart a course toward steady work, economic security, and healthy development for their children. Contents include a description of how low-income families get by in today's economy and goals enabling parents to meet their families' needs through earnings form low-wage jobs, weathering gaps in employment, supporting parents' advancement to better-paying jobs, and improving children's well-being and development consistent with parents' employment. Potential goals include ensuring health coverage for low-income families, providing parents paid leave at the birth of a child, investing in children through child care subsidies and quality initiatives, improving security for low-wage workers, and extending housing supports to low-income working families. The final section contains strengths and limits of this framework as a basis for action, using the framework to inform action, and next steps. Appendix tables, notes, and references are provided.

Contact: Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037, Telephone: (202) 833-7200 Fax: (202) 467-5775 E-mail: http://www.urban.org/about/contact.cfm Web Site: http://www.urban.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Child development, Child health, Children, Families, Family support services, Health insurance, Low income groups, Parent support services, Poverty, Work family issues, Working parents

Pennsylvania Perinatal Partnership. 2006. Report and recommendations on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) roundtables in Pennsylvania. [no place]: Pennsylvania Perinatal Partnership, 25 pp.

Annotation: This report details the proceedings and recommendations from two roundtables on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) convened in fall 2006 in PIttsburgh, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. Topics include the FASD roundtables, FASD facts, parents' experiences, and discussion group findings.

Contact: Pennsylvania Perinatal Partnership, PA Telephone: (215) 985-6267 E-mail: liz@paperinatal.org Web Site: http://pennsylvaniaperinatal.org/ Available from the website.

Keywords: Conference proceedings, Family support, Fetal alcohol syndrome, Health care systems, High risk groups, Parents, Prenatal care, Prevention, Screening

Pacey PL, St. Jean L, Lehan AV. 2006. Nurse home visitor program: Performance audit. Boulder, CO: Pacey Economics Group, 40 pp.

Annotation: This report contains the results of a performance audit of the Nurse Home Visitor Program within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The program offers home visits by specially trained nurses to first-time, low-income mothers during pregnancy and through the child's second birthday. The report focuses on program costs and eligibility, including the following specific areas: service costs, caseload, client attribution, administrative costs, cost information, Medicaid reimbursement, reimbursement rates, oversight of Medicaid billing process, eligibility determination/income verification, and local site monitoring.

Contact: Colorado Office of the State Auditor, 200 East 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203, Telephone: (303) 869-2800 Fax: (303) 869-3060 Web Site: http://www.leg.state.co.us/OSA/coauditor1.nsf/Home Available from the website. Document Number: Report control number 1744.

Keywords: Child health, Colorado, Costs, Eligibility, Evaluation, Family support programs, Home visiting, Infant health, Low income groups, Mothers, Parent support services, Parenting skills, Pregnancy, Reimbursement, State programs, Young children

Hans S. 2005. Doula support for young mothers: A randomized trial [Final report]. Chicago, IL: School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, 28 pp.

Annotation: This report describes a study to evaluate an intervention for young, low-income mothers and their infants using paraprofessional "doulas" from the local community to provide guidance and support during the prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum periods in order to promote good obstetrical outcomes, breastfeeding, responsive parenting, parental efficacy, and child health and development. The project period covered September 2000 through August 2005. Report sections include a description of the research and background information on the Chicago Doula Project as well as the purpose, scope, and methods of the investigation and the nature of the findings; a review of the literature; a description of the study design and methods; a presentation of the findings including labor, delivery, and birth outcomes, maternal well-being, parenting stress and efficacy, parenting attitudes and behavior, feeding practices, health care utilization, child development, and additional topics. Also included is a discussion of the findings on outcomes relating to birth, breastfeeding, mental health, and parenting attitudes and behavior; and implications for policy and practice. A list of products is also provided. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University, Telephone: (202) 784-9770 E-mail: mchgroup@georgetown.edu Web Site: https://www.mchlibrary.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Breastfeeding, Early intervention services, Final reports, Illinois, Local initiatives, Low income groups, MCH research, Parenting skills, Postpartum care, Pregnant women, Prenatal care, Resource mothers, Social support, Young women

Huebner AJ, Mancini JA. 2005. Adjustments among adolescents in military families when a parent is deployed. [Blacksburg, VA]: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 52 pp.

Annotation: This report summarizes findings from a study that focused on the adaptations of adolescents in military families when a parent is deployed. The report, which includes an executive summary, is divided into three major sections: (1) study context and conceptual framework, (2) study findings on adolescent adaptation, and (3) study findings on adolescent support networks. Within these interrelated and overlapping sections are multiple subsections on major themes in the research; each of these includes a summary of results, direct quotes from focus group participants, and implications. The appendix contains the focus group protocol and interview questions.

Contact: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0002, Telephone: (540) 231-6000 Secondary Telephone: (540) 231-6668 Web Site: http://www.vt.edu Contact for cost information.

Keywords: Adolescent behavior, Adolescent mental health, Adolescents, Families, Family support services, Focus groups, Military, Parents, Research

Early Head Start National Resource Center. 2004. A parent's guide to the Head Start home-based program option. Washington, DC: U.S. Head Start Bureau, 24 pp.

Annotation: This guide introduces parents to Head Start's home-based program. The guide is divided into three parts. Part 1 describes what a home-based program is and what to expect. Part 2 explores how parents and Head Start home visitors can work together to best support a child's development. Part 3 offers ideas for how parents can help their child learn day by day, using objects and materials available at home.

Contact: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center, Telephone: (866) 763-6481 E-mail: health@ecetta.info Web Site: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov Available at no charge; also available from the website.

Keywords: Child development, Children, Families, Family support, Head Start, Home visiting, Low income groups, Parents

Irish K, Schumacher R, Lombardi J. 2004. Head Start comprehensive services: A key support for early learning in poor children. Washington, DC: Center for Law and Social Policy, 8 pp. (Head Start series, policy brief no. 4)

Annotation: This policy brief describes the range of Head Start services to support families and early learning. The brief presents Program Information Report data and, when possible, compares it to national data. Topics include children and families served, the comprehensive service concept, health services, and family services and parental involvement. Statistical information is presented in figures throughout the brief.

Contact: Center for Law and Social Policy, 1200 18th Street, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 906-8000 Fax: (202) 842-2885 E-mail: http://www.clasp.org/about/contact Web Site: http://www.clasp.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Data analysis, Early childhood development, Families, Family support, Head Start, Health services, Learning, Low income groups, Parents, Young children

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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.