MCH Library Infant Mortality Toolkit

May 31, 2013

The number of deaths among near- and full-term infants (>36 “weeks’ gestation”) remains higher in the United States than in most of the industrialized world. Internationally, the United States now ranks 34th in infant mortality1—behind Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, and most European nations.2 In 2010 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), the U.S. infant mortality rate was 6.15 deaths per 1,000 live births.3

This toolkit provides resources to help the Maternal and Child Heatlh (MCH) work force strategically integrate the evidence base into plans for addressing infant mortality.

These resources are organized by a four-part conceptual model of public health

Source: The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University

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Home Away From Home: A Toolkit for Planning Home Visiting Partnerships with Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers


In recent years, home visiting has expanded as an outreach and service delivery strategy that builds on families’ strengths to increase parents’ capacity for effective parenting and advance the healthy development of children. Home visiting is one tool used to prevent child abuse and improve child well-being by providing education and services in families’ homes through parent education and connection to community resources.

Source: CLASP

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U.S. Department of Education Launches New Early Learning Map on DATA.ED.GOV


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has launched a new early learning mapping site on so the interested individuals can use tools to look at discretionary ED grant programs that focus on or include early learning. is a website developed by the Department of Education to share data about its grant programs and is part of the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative. ED will use to publish data sets about its grant programs and performance and other data that it collects on an ongoing basis. builds on the approach of by including tools that allow users to visualize the data. Users can enter terms into the “Search” field to find applications that match the specified terms, select filters to narrow the list of applicants to a specific group of interest, and zoom in on different areas of the map. By clicking on the dots on the map, users can see which programs are located in a state, city or other geographic area.

Please visit to learn more.

Source: U.S. Department of Education

Instrumento Sobre El Temperamento Del Bebé Y Del Niño Pequeño

El instrumento sobre el temperamento del bebé y del niño pequeño fue creado por el Centro de Consulta sobre Salud Mental Infantil, un proyecto de innovación y apoyo financiado por la Oficina de Head Start.

El Instrumento sobre el temperamento del bebé y del niño pequeño incluye una encuesta en línea que les permite a los padres y cuidadores de bebés y niños pequeños reconocer y explorar sus propios rasgos temperamentales y aquéllos del niño al que están cuidando.  El instrumento IT3 genera resultados que ayudan a los padres y cuidadores a comprender cómo las similitudes y diferencias entre el temperamento del adulto y del niño pueden afectar la “bondad de ajuste”. Además de estos resultados, el IT3 genera recomendaciones simples sobre buenas prácticas que los adultos pueden usar para fomentar el desarrollo del temperamento único de cada niño a su cuidado.

Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

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Early Learning

The Center on Instruction offers evidence-based Early Learning resources to help educators and policymakers improve teaching and learning for all young children birth to age five. The materials are designed to facilitate children’s cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development by providing instructional support in the content areas of emergent literacy, mathematics, and science. Materials also highlight early intervention for struggling learners and evidence-based instructional strategies for children who are learning English to support classroom diversity and differentiated instruction.

Source: Center of Instruction

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