February 21 , 2003
In this Issue

  1. National Survey Examines Public Perceptions About Prematurity
    Source: Source: MCH Alert - February 14, 2003
  2. Medicaid and SCHIP: States Use Varying Approaches to Monitor Children's Access to Care.
    Source: Source: Today's GAO Reports - February 14, 2003
  3. NCD Releases Analysis of Federal Enforcement of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
    Source: Source: NCD NEWS RELEASE - February 14, 2003
  4. Read Across America: An NEA Project
    Source: National Education Association - February 2003
  5. Research Brief Examines Providers' Experiences in the Child Care Subsidy System
    Source: MCH Alert - February 14, 2003
  6. CADRE Posts New Publications on Web Site
    Source: The CADRE Caucus - Volume 5, Number 1 - February 2003
  1. National Survey Examines Public Perceptions About Prematurity
    Source: Source: MCH Alert - February 14, 2003

    "Our data suggest that despite understanding its commonness and its seriousness for a given child, women do not view prematurity to be a serious public health problem," state the authors of an article published in the February 2003 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The authors note that the number of babies born preterm (<37 weeks gestation) is increasing. In an effort to better understand the nature and extent of the public's knowledge and beliefs related to preterm birth, the March of Dimes conducted a national telephone survey of the general public, with special attention paid to certain racial/ethnic groups... To read the full press release go to: http://www.mchlibrary.info/alert/alert021403.html#6

    Massett HA, Greenup M, Ryan CE, et al. 2003. Public perceptions about prematurity: A national survey. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 24(2):113-208.

    [Originally published in MCHAlert 2003 National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University. Reprinted with permission.]

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  2. Medicaid and SCHIP: States Use Varying Approaches to Monitor Children's Access to Care.
    Source: Source: Today's GAO Reports - February 14, 2003

    The General Accounting Office (GAO) recently released the following report: Medicaid and SCHIP: States Use Varying Approaches to Monitor Children's Access to Care. The full report is available at: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03222.pdf. Highlights of the report are available at: http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d03222high.pdf.

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  3. NCD Releases Analysis of Federal Enforcement of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
    Source: Source: NCD NEWS RELEASE - February 14, 2003

    WASHINGTON-The National Council on Disability (NCD) finds that five federal agencies (Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Justice, Labor, and State) responsible for enforcement of disability rights provided by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act have given the task low priority and minimal leadership, although some progress has been made. Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act is acknowledged as the first national civil rights law to view the exclusion and segregation of people with disabilities as discrimination. NCD's findings are contained in its report, Rehabilitating Section 504, which is available online at http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/2003/section504.htm.

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  4. Read Across America: An NEA Project
    Source: National Education Association - February 2003

    Read Across America - March 3, 2003. Catch the excitement at http://www.nea.org/readacross/index.html and see what's happening in your state at http://www.nea.org/grants/2190.htm.

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  5. Research Brief Examines Providers' Experiences in the Child Care Subsidy System
    Source: MCH Alert - February 14, 2003

    Child Care Subsidy Policies and Practices: Implications for Child Care Providers, a research brief published by the Urban Institute, examines child care subsidy policies and practices that can shape the experiences of providers who serve children in the subsidy system. The brief is based on data gathered from interviews with state and local child care administrators and key experts and on focus groups with caseworkers, parents, and providers held at 17 sites across 12 states between June 1999 and March 2000. The brief includes discussions of the factors that affect how much providers are paid as well as of how providers experience the subsidy system. Conclusions and implications are also presented. The brief is available at http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/310614_A57.pdf.

    Readers: This brief summarizes the more in-depth report, Essential but Often Ignored: Child Care Providers in the Subsidy System, available at http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/310613_OP63.pdf.

    [Originally published in MCHAlert 2003 National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University. Reprinted with permission.]

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  6. CADRE Posts New Publications on Web Site
    Source: The CADRE Caucus - Volume 5, Number 1 - February 2003

    The following publications have recently been posted on the Web site of the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) and can be accessed at: http://www.directionservice.org/cadre - scan down the page to 'What's New'.

    • Parents and Educators Working Toward Mutual Solutions (Videotape)
    • Padres y educadores que trabajan hacia soluciones mutuas (Videotape)
    • Spanish-Language FAQ
    • Beyond Mediation: Strategies For Appropriate Early Dispute Resolution In Special Education
    • Using Participant Feedback to Evaluate and Improve Quality in Mediation
    • The Impact of Parent/Family Involvement on Student Outcomes: An Annotated Bibliography of Research from the Past Decade
    • Considerations for Mediating with People Who Are Culturally Deaf
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