Subject: Studies in the News 02-26 (April 24, 2002)

Studies in the News
Children and Family Supplement

Contents This Week

Introductory Material DEMOGRAPHY
   Population projections
   Early Head Start evaluation
   Early childhood inclusion model
   Early learning & care opinion poll
   Child growth and development
   Gender learning differences
   Standards development & controversies
   School readiness for parents
   School readiness indicators
   Shaken Baby Syndrome
   Children of depressed parents
   Culture, race & ethnicity in mental health
   Research affecting policymaking
   Implications of subsidized child care proposals
   Child care accessibility
   Quality child care partnerships
   Experts reinterpret child care study
   Principles and practice of action research
   Welfare reform implications
   Child advocates in action
Introduction to Studies in the News

Studies in the News is a very current compilation of items significant to the Legislature and Governor's Office. It is created weekly by the State Library's Research Bureau to supplement the public policy debate in California’s Capitol. To help share the latest information with state policymakers, these reading lists are now being made accessible through the State Library’s website. This week's list of current articles in various public policy areas is presented below.

Service to State Employees:

  • When available, the URL for the full text of each item is provided.

  • Items in the State Library collection can be checked out to state officials and staff.

  • Access to all materials listed will be provided by the State Information Reference Center, either by e-mail to or by calling 654-0261.

The following studies are currently on hand:



Understanding the Future of Californians’ Fertility: The Role of Immigrants. By Laura E. Hill and Hans P. Johnson, Public Policy Institute of California. (The Institute, San Francisco, California) [April] 2002. 114 p.

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["This report concludes that immigrant generation is not independently important once personal characteristics are controlled for. It also suggests that current population projections for California may be too high because they do not consider declines in fertility as immigrants and their descendants adapt to life in this country."]

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"Promising Practices: Early Head Start Research-Program Partnerships." By Helen Raikes, The Gallup Organization, and others. Harvard Family Research Project. IN: The Evaluation Exchange Newsletter: Family Support Issue, vol. 8, no. 1 (Spring 2002) pp. 8-11.

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["This article presents an in-depth look at the challenges presented by the evaluation of Early Head Start, which required the cooperation of multiple levels of research and program partnerships. It also examines some of the benefits of this new paradigm in evaluative research and describes creative responses to its challenges in the context of a large-scale evaluation." HandsNet (April 22, 2002).]

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The Early Childhood Inclusion Model: A Program for All Children. By Suzanne M. Winter, Association for Childhood Education International. (The Association, Olney, Maryland) 1999. 249 p.

["The focus of this book is on group configurations for providing services, public and private, to young children from infancy through the primary grades. It addresses diverse groups of children representing a full array of variables and human differences. While this book focuses on meeting the needs of all children within a full range of ability levels, much attention is given to including children at the margins of the span." NOTE: The Early Childhood ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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Early Learning and Care and Public Opinion: A Report on a Survey in Washington State. By Elaine VonRosenstiel, Early Learning and Care. (Economic Opportunity Institute, Seattle, Washington) March 2002. 4 p.

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["To determine grassroots support for expanded efforts to improve early learning and care, the Institute commissioned a public opinion survey. Key finding: A strong majority of voters support greater state and local government focus on early childhood development and education efforts. Strong majorities also agree with the basic arguments in support of strengthening early learning and care and expanding the government/taxpayer role in early learning and care."]

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Child Growth and Development. Edited by Ellen N. Junn and Chris J. Boyatzis. Ninth Edition. (McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, Gulford, Connecticut) [2002.] 224 p.

["The authors present the latest research and thinking that characterize human development in infancy and childhood to place greater emphasis on important contemporary issues and challenges and to showcase effective, practical applications." NOTE: Child Growth ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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Boys and Girls Learn Differently! A Guide for Teachers and Parents. By Michael Gurian and others. (Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, California) 2001. 356 p.

[Includes: "How the Brain Learns: Inherent Differences Between Boys and Girls;" "How Brain-Based Differences Affect Boys and Girls;" "Creating the Ultimate Classroom for Both Boys and Girls;" and others. NOTE: Boys and ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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Smart Start II: Why Standards Matter. By Patte Barth & Ruth Mitchell. (Fulcrum Resources, Golden, Colorado) 2001. 201 p.

["This book brings together a brief history of standards development and an explanation of what standards are and are not ... including a discussion of controversies surrounding them. It examines standards in English/language arts, mathematics, history/social studies, and science at grades 1, 4, and 6 ... and concludes with descriptions of safe and secure conditions in elementary schools that will enable students to attain the standards." NOTE: Smart Start ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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Getting Parents "Ready" for Kindergarten: The Role of Early Childhood Education. By Holly Kreider. Harvard Family Research Project (The Project, Cambridge, Massachusetts) April 2002. 9 p.

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["Preschool may not only help preschoolers get ready for kindergarten and beyond, but a positive preschool experience may also help their parents be more successfully involved in their child's learning and formal schooling." Connect for Kids (April 15, 2002).]

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School Readiness Indicator Items and Basic Measures of Progress. By Julia Calkins and others. Prepared for the Pathways Mapping Project, Project on Effective Interventions, Harvard University. Child Trends. 2002-18. (Child Trends, Washington, DC) January 25, 2002. 553 p. [CD-ROM]

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[Includes: "Outcome: High Rates of Children Ready for School;" "Contributing Condition I: Healthy Physical Development;" "Contributing Condition II: Supportive Social & Cognitive Environments;" "Contributing Condition III: Safe Physical Environments;" and others. NOTE: School Readiness ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Edited by Stephen Lazoritz and Vincent J. Palusci. (Haworth Press, New York, New York) 2001. 412 p.

["This book makes available the constellation of current information regarding Shaken Baby Syndrome. Knowledge in the fields of child development, brain injury, biomechanics and cellular metabolism is rapidly changing. It is only with the multidisciplinary response involving a variety of professionals and society as a whole that the medical, social and developmental needs of the shaken baby can begin to be addressed." NOTE: Shaken ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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Children of Depressed Parents: Mechanisms of Risk and Implications for Treatment. Edited by Sherryl H. Goodman and Ian H. Gotlib. (American Psychological Association, Washington, DC) 2002. 351 p.

[Includes: "Nature--Nurture Interplay in the Risks Associated with Parental Depression;" "Maternal Depression, Infant Psychobiological Development, and Risk for Depression;" "Prenatal Effects of Maternal Depression;" "Treatment, Intervention, and Prevention with Children of Depressed Parents: A Developmental Perspective;" and others. NOTE: Children ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity. A Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. By The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (The Department, Rockville, Maryland) 2001. 204 p.

[Includes: "Mental Health and Mental Illness;" "Race, Ethnicity, and Culture;" "Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Mental Disorders;" "Supportive Families and Communities;" and others. NOTE: Mental Health ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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"Conducting Good Research and Ideas with Policymaking." By Karen Bogenschneider, University of Wisconsin. Harvard Family Research Project (The Project, Cambridge, Massachusetts) IN: The Evaluation Exchange Newsletter, Family Support Issue, vol. 8, no. 1 (Spring 2002) 4 p.

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["Three experts in conducting Family Impact Seminars share their techniques for bringing research about families to legislators in a way that not only grabs their attention, but also supports policy change. The need is clear. The leaders of state legislators report that they are unaware of how children and families are faring in their districts and are uninformed about the effectiveness of family policies and programs."]

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Shifting the Burden on Subsidized Child Care: Will Families Be Able to Afford the Governor's Plan? By Dan Galpern, California Budget Project (The Project, Sacramento, California) April 2002. 7 p.

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[" This report examines the implications of the Governor’s proposal to restructure the state’s subsidized child care programs. It discusses the impact of higher fees on low-income families, the policy implications of eliminating CalWORKs Stage 3 child care, and the impact of lowering the income eligibility standard."]

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Access to Child Care for Low-Income Working Families. By The Child Care Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (The Department, Washington, DC) 2002. 15 p.

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["This report provides new information on the number of children receiving subsidies through the Child Care and Development Fund in fiscal year 1998 and on the number of children eligible for assistance, by state. Nationally, in an average month in 1998, only 1.5 million of the 9.9 million low- and moderate-income children eligible actually received help through the program."]

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Partnerships for Quality: Improving Infant-Toddler Child Care for Low-Income Families. By Diane Paulsell and others. Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (Mathematica, Princeton, New Jersey) March 2002. 109 p.

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["This study describes promising strategies for building community collaborations and partnerships, as well as preliminary themes that may be helpful for programs, communities, and policymakers interested in developing, implementing, and supporting child care partnerships. Focusing on Early Head Start, the authors note that many partnerships have succeeded in expanding access and improving quality, although challenges remain."]

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"Experts Interpret Child Care Research: A Response to the NICHD Study." By Dana E. Friedman. IN: Child Care Information Exchange, no. 144, (March/April 2002) pp. 10-15.

["Early childhood experts Richard Clifford, Bettye Caldwell, Mark Ginsberg, Jim Greenman, Alice Honig, and Sharon Lynn Kagan discuss the Jay Belsky study which suggested that children who spend more than 30 hours a week in child care are more likely to be aggressive and disobedient than other children."]

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Action Research: Principles and Practice. Second Edition. By Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead (Routledge, New York, New York) 2002. 164 p.

["This book describes and explains the practices of action research and its underlying values and urges education professionals to become reflective practioners by conducting their own self-study and holding themselves accountable for their own influence. It also includes new case study material, additional chapters on the educational significance of action research, and an overview of current methological discussion." NOTE: Action ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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New Lives for Poor Families? Mothers and Young Children Move Through Welfare Reform: Executive Summary. By Bruce Fuller, University of California, Berkeley, and others. The Growing Up in Poverty Project--Wave 2 Findings: California, Connecticut and Florida. (University of California, Berkeley, California) April 2002. 13 p.

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["These findings show that a low-wage job is not a panacea for young families. A job can increase family income, but most of the women were still earning below the poverty line, too little to improve home environments or move into better neighborhoods. As they move into the workforce, mothers are spending less time with their pre-school-age children and displayed twice the rate of clinical depression compared to the general population. Quality child care, however, did make a difference." Connect for Kids (April 15, 2002) 1.]

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[The following studies, reports, and documents have been ordered or requested, but have not yet arrived. Requests may be placed, and copies will be provided when the material arrives.]


Advocates in Action: Making a Difference for Young Children. By Adele Robinson and Deborah Stark, National Association for the Education of Young Children. (The Association, Washington, DC) 2001. 136 p.

["This guide provides important information and concrete tools for advocacy at the federal, state and local levels, including the steps in the legislative process, developing your message, working in coalition, using the media, and voter education and political activity." NOTE: Advocates ... will be available for 3-day loan.]

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