BUILDing Strong Foundations

What We're Reading This Week at BUILD - May 29

5/29/2017 12:00:00 AM
Posted by: Build Initiative

Systems Building

Family Support

  • Center for the Study of Social Policy: Balancing ACEs with HOPE (Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences) This paper reports on four recent, population-level surveys that demonstrate the effect of positive experiences in childhood on health outcomes in adulthood. The Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences (HOPE) framework is beginning to quantify the positive experiences and relationships that build resilience, promote healthy outcomes and counteract risk and adversity that children may face. 

Health and Mental Health

  • USA Today: Health care advocates say the Trump budget plan would gut Medicaid Advocates for low income people struggled to find the words to describe the likely effect of the proposed $800 billion in cuts proposed to Medicaid in the Trump administration's budget released Tuesday.
  • USA TODAY: Obamacare replacement threatens kids' health coverage The nearly $1 trillion in federal cuts to the Medicaid program approved by House Republicans threaten the record success getting these children covered by insurance and on a path to healthier lives, health experts warn. Their angst is magnified by the Sept. 30 deadline for CHIP reauthorization, which some worry will be used as a bargaining tool to get the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) through the Senate.
  • NPR: As GOP Tarries On Health Bill, Funding For Children's Health Languishes One of the immediate casualties is the renewal of the Children's Health Insurance Program. CHIP covers just under 9 million children in low- and moderate-income families, at a cost of about $15 billion a year.
  • Nemours Children’s Health System and the Health, Medicine and Society Program of the Aspen Institute: Supporting Parents to Help Children Thrive. The paper highlights that a multi-pronged strategy that builds upon contributions from key stakeholders in the public and private sectors is essential to improving outcomes for parents and children.
  • Child Trends: Health Insurance Coverage Improves Child Well-Being When children have health insurance, they are more likely than uninsured children to be healthy and to get medical care. They are also more likely to have improved outcomes related to education and economic security that benefit society as a whole.
  • NPR: When Schools Meet Trauma With Understanding, Not Discipline Crocker College Prep is now one of five New Orleans charter schools in a collective to become more trauma-informed. That means Crocker aims to account for the social, emotional and behavioral needs of all students, and their lives outside of school.

Racial Equity

  • Public Counsel:  Despite Calls for Change, Inequities Persist in Regional Center Purchase of Services, Funding Base A longstanding issue in California has been the documented disparities in purchase of services for ethnic and racial groups of children with developmental disabilities served by the state's 21 Regional Centers. A just-issued study from Public Counsel highlights the minimal progress that has been made toward equity despite legislative calls for change over several years. Advocates are seeking support for Assembly Bill 1610 , which addresses a number of related Regional Center issues. Read the recommendations in Public Counsel's full report, including the need for a change in how Regional Centers are funded. The research was funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

Early Learning

  • NIEER: The 2016 State of Preschool Yearbook The report finds FY 2015 was a turning point, representing a recovery from the Great Recession with state pre-K funding, enrollment, and quality standards all improving. Yet, as more states have moved forward to offer high quality pre-K to all, children in other states that continue to do little or nothing are left even further behind. Looking back over 15 years, progress has been great (doubling enrollment), but uneven, creating growing inequality. As a result early educational opportunity varies dramatically across the nation by zip code.
  • PBS NewsHour: A record number of kids now attend public preschool, so why has inequality grown? NIERR’s 2016 report was released on Wednesday, showing mixed results.. While a record number of states are providing public preschool, 43 plus Washington D.C. and Guam, inequality has grown over the last decade, as access to pre-K and the quality of the programs themselves vary significantly from state to state.











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