Latest Child Maltreatment Report shows decrease in victims of child abuse and neglect


HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) today released its annual report on child abuse and neglect. “Child Maltreatment 2010” marks the 21st issuance of the report and shows a steady decline in the number of victims who suffered maltreatment for the fourth consecutive year. According to the report, an estimated 754,000 children were determined to be victims of maltreatment in 2010, down from 763,000 victims in 2009. As in past years, rates of abuse and neglect are highest among infants and young children.

“We are heartened to see maltreatment on the decline, but even one child being a victim of abuse and neglect is too many,” said George Sheldon, acting assistant secretary for children and families. “The report reminds us of the continuing need for investment in prevention efforts and the importance of coordination between federal, state and local agencies.”

Source: Administration of Children and Families

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ACF: Head Start’s National Research Conference (HSRC) Home Page

June 18-20, 2012 Washington, D.C.

Head Start’s National Research Conference is a biennial event, which provides practitioners, researchers, administrators, and policy makers involved in Head Start, early childhood, childcare, health care, and administration programs the opportunity to share research that promotes positive development in young children.

Goals and Objectives
Head Start’s Research Conference seeks to identify and disseminate new research in early childhood and family issues, while encouraging dialogue among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. Applied research ranging from major national program evaluations to small studies about child and family development will be presented.

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Reforming Early Education

On August 22, the Center on Children and Families at Brookings convened a group of experts and practitioners to discuss reforms of early education programs in the United States. A discussion with Dr. Steven Barnett of Rutgers on how preschool programs, including Head Start, should be reformed based on his article “Effectiveness of Early Educational Intervention” that appeared in the August 19 issue of the journal Science. Dr. Barnett’s presentation was followed by an overview of the Obama Administration’s Head Start reform agenda by Yvette Sanchez Fuentes of the Administration for Children and Families. The presentations were followed by brief reactions from Dr. Jerlean Daniel of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Dr. Jens Ludwig of the University of Chicago and Yasmina Vinci of the National Head Start Association. A panel discussion moderated by Ron Haskins, co-director of the Center on Children & Families, followed.

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Parents and Children Together–Discussion Guide


The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proposing an information collection activity as part of an evaluation of healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood grant programs. The evaluation study title is: Parents and Children Together (PACT). This phase of information collection will involve discussion of a range of topics with key informants in grantee and partner organizations such as their organizational structure, program services, populations served and specific approaches for the grant programs. The information will be used by ACF for the identification and selection of grantee programs to be included in the evaluation.

Source: Federal Register, Volume 76 Issue 156


President’s Committee for People With Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID)


Committee members will discuss preparation of the PCPID 2011 Report to the President, including its content and format, and related data collection and analysis required to complete the writing of the Report.

PCPID acts in an advisory capacity to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, on a broad range of topics relating to programs, services and supports for persons with intellectual disabilities. The PCPID Executive Order stipulates that the Committee shall: (1) Provide such advice concerning intellectual disabilities as the President or the Secretary of Health and Human Services may request; and (2) provide advice to the President concerning the following for people with intellectual disabilities: (A) Expansion of educational opportunities; (B) promotion of homeownership; (C) assurance of workplace integration; (D) improvement of transportation options; (E) expansion of full access to community living; and (F) increasing access to assistive and universally designed technologies.

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Notice to 10 Expansion Supplement Awards to implement the First Lady’s Let’s Move! in Indian Country (LMIC) initiative


The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration for Native Americans (ANA), announces the award of ten expansion supplement awards to Native American Tribes that are currently combating the epidemic of health issues in Native America. Expansion supplement funds will support activities associated with the First Lady’s initiative, Let’s Move! in Indian Country. Under the program, grantee Tribes have set forth goals and milestones that will benefit Native youth, children, and families.

Source: Federal Register

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Advisory Committee for Head Start Research and Evaluation

July 19, 2011

This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of ACF. The meeting will be open to the public.

General Function of Committee: The Advisory Committee for Head Start Research and Evaluation will provide feedback on the published final report for the Head Start Impact Study, offering interpretations of the findings, discussing implications for practice and policy, and providing recommendations on follow-up research, including additional analysis of the Head Start Impact Study data. The Committee will also be asked to provide recommendations to the Secretary regarding how to improve Head Start and other early childhood programs by enhancing the use of research-informed practices in early childhood. Finally, the Committee will be asked to provide recommendations on the overall Head Start research agenda, including–but not limited to–how the Head Start Impact Study fits within this agenda. The Committee will provide advice regarding future research efforts to inform HHS about how to guide the development and implementation of best practices in Head Start and other early childhood programs around the country.

DATES: The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 21-22, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport, 1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202, Phone: (703) 416-1600.

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Descriptive Study of Early Head Start (Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Study; Baby FACES)


The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), anticipates continuing data collection for wave 4 of the parent interview, teacher child reports, care provider interviews and observations, direct child assessments, program director interviews, and family service tracking for the pen-natal cohort of the Descriptive Study of Early Head Start (Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Study; Baby FACES). Data collection will continue for an additional 12 months beyond the current date of expiration (October 31, 2011).

This data collection is a part of Baby FACES, which is an important opportunity to provide a description of the characteristics, experiences, and outcomes of Early Head Start children and families, and Early Head Start Program services and delivery. All of the information obtained will be used to help Early Head Start improve services to infants and toddlers and their families. Baby FACES uses a longitudinal age cohort study design that selected all children in the spring of 2009 that were within a four month pen-natal window. These children will be followed in the study until they are age 3 unless they leave the Early Head Start before reaching that age.

Materials for the wave 4 program visit data collection effort, previously submitted to OMB, covered peri-natal and age 1 cohort data collections. Data collection for the age 1 cohort will be completed by October 31, 2011. ACF anticipates collecting data for an additional 12 months in order to complete data collection for the peri-natal cohort.

Action Date: A comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication.

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

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