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Project Thrive Publications

Report, May 2012

We have recommendations for ECCS coordinators and other early childhood policymakers, after exploring the link between an individual’s health at birth and his/her wellbeing in later life; presenting statistics on existing disparities in birth outcomes, and discussing how improving mothers’ preconception health – physical and mental health, as well as behavioral and environmental factors – can influence children’s birth outcomes.

Report, March 2012

This report presents a range of early childhood obesity prevention initiatives to inform states of ways they can build strong cross-system efforts to reduce childhood obesity rates. We look at the scope of the childhood obesity challenge in the U.S.; early care and education initiatives to prevent obesity; innovative state efforts; obesity prevention strategies in other early childhood systems; and state policy recommendations.

Report, October 2011

This Thrive report describes the current status of the medical home concept and explains how it has been broadly defined, applied to children, and measured.

Report, February 2011

This report addresses the process of creating a system of indicators for social-emotional wellness, examines recent state experiences in this area, and describes a framework for moving forward in the development of social-emotional indicators for state policymakers.

Brief, December 2010

This brief identifies some of the substances that threaten young children, describes the importance of early intervention for disease prevention, provides examples of approaches to regional policy and program reform, and explores specific actions states can take to successfully address environmental health issues affecting children.

Report, September 2010

This issue brief explores what we currently know about the prevalence of young children (ages birth to 5) in the child welfare system, how the occurrence of maltreatment or neglect affects their development, and the services currently offered versus needed for these young children.

Report, September 2010

This brief examines how four states are working to strengthen supports for young children’s health and development across the different systems that affect family and child wellbeing.

Report, November 2009

Strong evidence links social-emotional health in early childhood to subsequent school success and health in the preteen and teen years, and to long term health and wellbeing in adulthood. Effective programs that address social-emotional health early in life can promote resilience and actually prevent mental health problems later in life. This report gives local stakeholders the information and tools necessary to develop and use indicators for social-emotional development.

Report, March 2009

The report describes the results of an NCCP survey and a roundtable discussion, each designed to increase knowledge about state-based home visiting programs, that is, those administered, managed, or coordinated by state governments.

Brief, June 2008

The seventh Project THRIVE Short Take provides an overview of state-level indicators for early childhood systems, including a review of indicators currently in use and a set of recommended indicators.

Brief, January 2008

This issue brief reflects NCCP’s continuing commitment to ensuring that every low-income child enters school with the skills to succeed, and that policymakers have access to the very best research to create policies that use public resources in the most effective, smartest way.

Brief, August 2007

The sixth Project THRIVE Short Take explores local systems development as a component of Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems. States are encouraged to plan, develop, and ultimately implement collaborations and partnerships that support families and communities in the development of children who are healthy and ready to learn at school entry.

Bibliography, August 2007

This is a compilation of selected Research Connections resources focused on links between child mental health and child care and early education services, including works on mental health consultation in child care and early education, and mental health services in Head Start/Early Head Start, with a summary of issues addressed in the literature.

Bibliography, July 2007

This is a compilation of selected Research Connections resources focused on early childhood comprehensive systems (ECCS), including a summary of issues addressed in the literature, and a listing of resources in the following areas: overview of and recommendations for building early childhood systems; state examples, results, and findings; and funding and maximizing resources for early childhood systems.

Brief, July 2007

This Project THRIVE Short Take summarizes the results of Project THRIVE's review of State ECCS Initiative. Much progress has been made toward creating comprehensive systems of early childhood services. More effort is needed to assure equal emphasis across subsystems, to provide support to community efforts, and to develop the governance and structural mechanisms needed to sustain system efforts.

Brief, July 2007

Research shows that many disparities in health and well-being begin in early childhood. These disparities reflect gaps in access, unequal treatment, and exposures linked to elevated family and community risk factors. State ECCS Initiatives have the potential to advance strategies for reducing disparities and early childhood and to have an impact across the life span.

Bibliography, May 2007

This is a compilation of selected Research Connections resources focused on parenting education as it relates to child care and early education, including a summary of issues addressed in the literature, and a list of resources in the areas of: parent education programs; Even Start/ family literacy; Head Start/Early Head Start; and Healthy Steps.

Bibliography, April 2007

This is a compilation of selected Research Connections resources focused on linking child care and health services, including a summary of issues addressed in the literature, and a listing of resources in the areas of health services and health care consultants in child care and early education, and health services in Head Start/Early Head Start.

Bibliography, April 2007

This is a compilation of selected Research Connections resources focused on family support, including a summary of issues addressed in the literature, and a listing of resources in the areas of: overview of family support; child care, early education, and family support; and evaluation of family support programs

Brief, October 2006

This keynote speech to the Early Childhood Networking Conference by author and policy expert Lisbeth Schorr tells what early childhood comprehensive systems (ECCS) leaders need to know about on-the-ground challenges and opportunities in the hard work of creating systems change.

Brief, September 2006

This third Project THRIVE Short Take describes how states can carry out strategic fiscal analyses and create children’s budgets.

Brief, June 2006

This second Project THRIVE Short Take examines the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program of Medicaid with a focus on young children. While the Medicaid EPSDT benefit covers health and developmental services for one in three children under age 5, most states do not meet national goals for screening. Short Take No. 2 describes how states can improve EPSDT rates through interagency collaboration.

Brief, June 2006

The Deficit Reduction Act made significant changes in Medicaid and related children’s programs that will affect health access and coverage for young children ages birth to 5. State policymakers and family advocates will need to use their tools and knowledge wisely to ensure a positive impact from the DRA on young children.

Report, February 2006

States planning early childhood comprehensive care systems will use this first Issue Brief from NCCP’s Project THRIVE to identify ways to use federal and state fiscal resources more effectively to promote the social and emotional health and well-being of the most vulnerable young children.