Children and Families: Early Child Care and Education

Children a Risk in the Child Welfare System: Collaborations to Promote School Readiness

Abstract: 

A study of collaboration among the child welfare, early intervention and preschool special education, and early care and education systems to promote the school readiness of children in the child welfare system, based on an analysis of data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Wellbeing (NSCAW) and a case study in Colorado that included key stakeholder interviews and foster parent and caseworker surveys.

Suggested Citation: Ward H, Yoon SY, Atkins J, et al. Children at Risk in the Child Welfare System: Collaborations to Promote School Readiness. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service; 2009.

Publication Type: 
Report
Publish Date: 
April 1, 2009
URL: 
muskie.usm.maine.edu/Publications/CYF/Children-at-risk-school-readiness.pdf

PAN Program Evaluation

Duration: 
1/1/2006 - 1/30/2007
Collaborators: 
Maine CDC
Abstract: 

This project will consist of evaluation and data analysis activities to support the Maine Physical Activity and Nutrition Program for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Serve as lead for planning, implementation, and evaluation of the program intervention to address obesity prevention. Coordination and implementation fo specific program evaluation activities with program staff, contractor for HMP evaluation, and key state partners.

Start Date: 
Sun, 2006-01-01
End Date: 
Tue, 2007-01-30
Legacy Muskie ID: 
3 869

Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (PANP) Evaluation

Duration: 
1/1/2006 - 1/30/2007
Abstract: 

This project will consist of evaluation and data analysis activities to support the Maine Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (PANP) of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Serve as lead for design, planning, and evaluation of the program intervention to address obesity prevention, and provide technical assistance for and coordination of program evaluation activities with PANP staff, contractor for HMP evaluation, and key state partners.

Start Date: 
Sun, 2006-01-01
End Date: 
Tue, 2007-01-30
Legacy Muskie ID: 
3 491

Team Nutrition Training Grant

Duration: 
1/1/2008 - 1/30/2009
Collaborators: 
Maine Department of Education
Abstract: 

This project will focus in the following areas: Provide training and resources for Child Nutrition (CW) food services professionals and Childcare Providers to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious and appealing meals based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans with a focus on increased fruits, whole and whole grains. Empower youth to make healthful food choices through these strategies: 1) multi-faceted, integrated nutrition and education for up to 125 elementary and middle school teachers through MNN's school-based nutrition and physical activity project that provides training, technical assistance, curriculum materials, and resources to support classroom nutrition education and increased opportunities for physical activity; and 2) school-based youth-lead nutrition education through the Healthy Maine Partnership, Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN).

Start Date: 
Tue, 2008-01-01
End Date: 
Fri, 2009-01-30
Legacy Muskie ID: 
5 490

Maine Immunization Program Survey and Technical Assistance

Duration: 
1/1/2006 - 1/31/2007
Collaborators: 
Maine Immunization Program at ME CDC
Abstract: 

Childhood immunization rates for Maine have declined since the mid-90's. One theory for the decline is that public awareness education was halted. The Maine Immunization Program (MIP) currently has two regional health educators and wishes to expand health education services to four regions. Further, both the MIP and the Maine CDC desire to understand from parents and caregivers the incentives and barriers to having their children age appropriately immunizated. Muskie staff will work collaboratively with the MIP on several fronts: <li>assist with preparing and managing an RFP process to expand health education services to two additional regions of Maine <li>plan and carry out survey(s) with parents of preschool children to identify both barriers to and incentives for getting children immunized <li>provide technical assistance to plan and implement additional evidence-based practices to improve age-appropriate immunization rates.</li><p></p> Data collected from the surveys will be used to help identify public health practices that are most likely to result in children who have age-appropriate immunizations, and to inform ongoing program planning priorities.

Start Date: 
Sun, 2006-01-01
End Date: 
Wed, 2007-01-31
Legacy Muskie ID: 
3 828

Children at Risk in the Child Welfare System: Collaborations to Promote School Readiness

Duration: 
1/30/2004 - 1/30/2007
Director: 
Helen Ward
Collaborators: 
Glenwood Research
Abstract: 

Meeting the developmental needs of young children in the child welfare system requires effective collaboration among the child welfare system, the early intervention system under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the early care and education system. This was a case study conducted in Colorado to determine the degree to which collaboration occurs at the county and local levels, to identify the barriers to effective collaboration and to share best practices. Research involved interviews with stakeholders and statewide surveys of foster parents and caseworkers. To determine the degree to which national data supports what we learned in Colorado, we analyzed data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well Being. We also identified collaboration models in other states in our <a href="http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/schoolreadiness/CAR%20Final%20Report,%20for%... target="_blank">final report</a> and in a series of issue briefs based on our findings.

Project URL: 
http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/schoolreadiness/
Start Date: 
Fri, 2004-01-30
End Date: 
Tue, 2007-01-30
Legacy Muskie ID: 
4 187

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