New KIDS COUNT Policy Report Released:
The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's latest KIDS COUNT policy report presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child's life. Decades of brain and child development research show that kids who enter kindergarten with below-average language and cognitive skills can catch up - but only if they are physically healthy and have strong social and emotional skills. Read complete press release from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The report sets forth three broad policy recommendations that states can implement to prepare all of America's children for success:
- Support parents so they can effectively care and provide for their children.
- Increase access to high-quality birth-through-age-eight programs, beginning with investments that target low-income children.
- Develop comprehensive, integrated programs and data systems to address all aspects of children's development and support their transition to elementary school and related programs for school-age children.
KIDS COUNT Resources
- KIDS COUNT Data Center: The Data Center is a one-stop source for child well-being data and includes national, state, county, city and congressional and school district level information, as well as data on racial and ethnic groups, including children in immigrant families.
CFS Department Efforts
The Department of Child & Family Studies - home to Florida KIDS COUNT - is involved in a number programs aimed at helping parents create experiences for their children that lay the foundation for success in school and later life:
- Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) empowers parents as primary educators of their children in the home and fosters parent involvement in school and community life to maximize the chances of successful early school experiences.
- National Research and Evaluation Center (NREC) HIPPY USA at USF advances the evidence base for HIPPY and supports the research and evaluation efforts of HIPPY programs across the United States.
- The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day.
- The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) works to ensure that young children and their families access high quality, inclusive early education experiences and early education personnel, and early intervention specialists have access to research, training, and support to implement evidence-based practices.
- The Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention (ICEI) is a Florida Diagnostic and Leaning Resources (FDLRS) specialized clinic which provides comprehensive evaluations and interventions at no-cost for school-aged students (3-22 years of age) who have complex behavior, developmental, and social/emotional challenges.