Subject: Studies in the News 03-14 (March 11, 2003)

Studies in the News
Children and Family Supplement

Contents This Week

   Incarceration and families
   Parent's views of television
   After school programs
   Public/private partnerships
   Early childhood programs
   Behavior problems in young children
   Parental leave
   Oral health and children
   Data on low income children
   Dental caries, ethnicity and preschool children
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:



From Prison to Home: The Effect of Incarceration and Reentry on Children, Families, and Communities. Conference Proceedings (The Urban Institute, Washington, DC) January 2002.

["Parental incarceration as a contributing factor to children's service needs has remained relatively hidden from the health and human services and juvenile justice systems serving these children. The papers presented at this Urban Institute conference addressing the needs of children whose parents are incarcerated are now available online." Connect for Kids (March 3, 2003).]

Overview of conference and access to all links below. 2 p.:

Background Paper. 33 p.:

Effects of Parental Incarceration on Young Children. 20 p.:

The Antisocial Behavior of the Adolescent Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Developmental Perspective. 23 p.:

Prisoners and Families: Parenting Issues During Incarceration. 14 p.:

Exploring the Needs and Risks of the Returning Prisoner Population. 23 p.:

The Psychological Impact of Incarceration: Implications For Post-Prison Adjustment. 17 p.:

The Skill Sets and Health Care Needs of Released Offenders. 35 p.:

A Woman's Journey Home: Challenges for Female Offenders and Their Children. 23 p.:

Criminal Justice and Health and Human Services: An Exploration of Overlapping Needs, Resources, and Interests in Brooklyn Neighborhoods. 16 p.:

Services Integration: Strengthening Offenders and Families, While Promoting Community Health and Safety. 20 p.:

Incarceration, Reentry and Social Capital: Social Networks in the Balance. 19 p.:

[Request #S7509]

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What Parents Are Saying About TV Today. By Jean Johnson, Public Agenda. Prepared for the Family Friendly Programming Forum. (Public Agenda, New York, New York) 2003. 10 p.

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[" The new analysis outlines parents' concerns about sex, violence, and profanity on TV and profiles some of the important differences among various groups of parents: those with young children vs. those with teens, for example. It chronicles parents' sometimes frustrating efforts to regulate their own children's viewing and suggests why many of them are not as successful in this area as they hope to be."]

[Request #S7510]

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Making the Case: A Fact Sheet on Children and Youth in Out-of-School Time. By the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley College. (The Institute, Wellesley, Massachusetts) January 2003. 6 p.

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["The best data available indicates that there are approximately 8 million children ages 5 to 14 that spend time without adult supervision on a regular basis....After-school programs provide a strong base for nurturing children's literacy development and providing a variety of types of literacy experiences."]

[Request #S7511]

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Making a Difference: Advocates Rally the Troops to Increase Early Learning Opportunities for Kids. By Bruce Atchison and Erin Silver, Colorado Children's Campaign. IN: Child Advocates (December 2002) 2 p.

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["When budget cuts threatened the state match for federal child care funding, Colorado Children’s Campaign advocates worked with the state legislature and a nonprofit called Educare to arrange for private funding to take the place of state dollars, securing the federal money and child care slots for some 6,000 children." Connect for Kids (February 18, 2003).]

[Request #S7512]

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At the Starting Line: Early Childhood Programs in the 50 States. By the American Federation of Teachers. (The Federation, Washington, DC) December 2002. 92 p.

["This study found that forty percent of preschool staff members have only a high school diploma and turnover rates range from 30 percent to 50 percent annually across the states. This study examined issues of access and quality in statewide preschool programs, as well as kindergarten programs for 5-year-olds. It concludes that low salaries and a lack of benefits make it difficult to attract college-educated teachers to the field." Education Week On the Web (March 5, 2003).]

[Request #S7513]

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Behavior Problems in Preschool Children: Clinical and Developmental Issues. By Susan B. Campbell. (Guilford Press, New York, New York) 2002. 334 p.

[Includes: "Developmental Issues;" "Clinical Issues;" "Sibling Relationships and Young Children's Development;" "Peer Relationships and Young Children's Development and others." NOTE: Behavior Problems in Preschool available for 3-day loan.]

[Request #S7517]

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"Parental Leave: The Impact of Recent Legislation on Parents' Leave Taking." By Wen-Jui Han and Jane Waldfogel. IN: Demography, vol. 40 no. 1. (February 2003) pp. 191-200.

["A new study ... reported that the Family and Medical Leave Act has not increased leave-taking by new fathers at all and had increased new mothers' leaves only slightly." The Sacramento Bee (March 3, 2003) D3.]

[Request #S7514]

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Knowledge Path: Oral Health and Children and Adolescents. By the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University. (The Center, Washington, DC) January 2003. 19 p.

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["Even though tooth decay can be prevented by a combination of treatments--water fluoridation, professionally applied topical fluorides and dental sealants, and fluoride toothpastes--dental caries is the most common chronic disease of childhood. The new edition of the Oral Health and Children and Adolescents knowledge path offers information for policymakers, health professionals, researchers and families." Connect for Kids (March 3, 2003).]

[Request #S7515]

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Children in Working Poor Families. By Child Trends. (Child Trends, Washington, DC) February 20, 2003. 8 p.

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["Children in working poor families are substantially less likely to receive TANF or Food Stamps than poor children whose parents do not meet the work threshold. They are about equally likely to be covered by health insurance, a positive change from the mid-1990s when they were less likely to be covered. Working poor families with children are also somewhat more likely to own their homes than other poor families with children, though they lag far behind their nonpoor counterparts in this measure of wealth."]

[Request #S7516]

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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.]



"The Association of Early Childhood Caries and Race/Ethnicity among California Preschool Children." By C.H. Shiboski and others. IN: Journal of Public Health Dentistry, vol. 63, no. 1. (2003) pp. 38-46.

["The authors explored the role played by race/ethnicity, controlling for other socioeconomic variables, in the occurrence of early childhood caries among California preschool-age children enrolled in Head Start as well as among those not enrolled in Head Start." National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University's MCH Alert (March 7, 2003) 1.]

[Request #S7518]

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