Useful Research and Articles
The links below represent a selected list of articles that may be useful to those who are seeking additional information on the below referenced issue areas.
Baby Brain Mapping: The Brain Map was adapted in 2006 by ZERO TO THREE from BrainWonders, a collaborative project (1998-2001) between Boston University School of Medicine, Erikson Institute and ZERO TO THREE. Select an age range to view corresponding developmental hotspots on the brain. Clicking on a hotspot will reveal questions and answers on how a baby’s brain develops.
Center on the Developing Child, A Science-Based Framework for Early Childhood Policy: Using Evidence to Improve Outcomes in Learning, Behavior, and Health for Vulnerable Children (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, 2007).
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, Excessive Stress Disrupts the Architecture of the Developing Brain (Working Paper No. 3, 2005).
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, The Science of Early Childhood Development: Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do (2007).
National Academy of Sciences of the USA: Economic, Neurobiological, and Behavioral Perspectives on Building America’s Future Workforce, Eric Knudsen, James Heckman, Judy Cameron and Jack Shankoff (reports finding that early childhood experience and programming affects future workforce strength).
Early Childhood Mental Health, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health (Winter 2009-2010) This entire issue is devoted to early childhood mental health issues including screening, interventions and trauma.
My So-Called Emancipation: From Foster Care to Homelessness for California Youth, Human Rights Watch
Voices From The Street: Homeless Youth Speak Out on State Policy Presented by the California Research Bureau and New America Media. This is a DVD on the results from the CA Homeless Youth Project, a multi-year research and policy project to bring attention to the issues facing homeless youth in California.
Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, United States Interagency council on Homelessness. (2010) This plan outlines an interagency collaboration that aligns mainstream housing, health, education and human services to prevent Americans from experiencing homelessness, with a component focused on preventing and ending homelessness for families, youth, and children in ten years.
America’s Homeless Youth: National Alliance to End Homelessness, nn4y and First Focus, (Aug 2011) summarizing the state of homeless youth in America, the variety of factors that cause homelessness among youth, a profile of homeless young people and the challenges facing this fragile population.
Closing the Front Door: Creating a Successful Diversion Program for Homeless Families: National Alliance To End Homelessness Best Practice Brief. Diversion is a strategy that prevents homelessness for people seeking shelter by helping them identify immediate alternate housing arrangement and, if necessary, connecting them with services and financial assistance to help them return to permanent housing. The paper describes how communities can begin diverting families from entering their homeless assistance systems.
Childhood Obesity: An Epidemic that is Growing Up Fast, Glenn D. Braunstein, MD The Huffington Post, 6/21/2010.
Mental Health of Adolescents: A National Profile, 2008, David Knopf, M. Jane Park, Tina Paul Mulye, National Adolescent Health Information Center, University of California, San Francisco, (2008).
Early Childhood Mental Health University of Minnesota, School of Public Health (Winter 2009-2010) This entire issue is devoted to early childhood mental health issues including screening, interventions and trauma.
Urban School Reform as Housing Policy, The Atlantic Cities, Matthew Yglesias, Sep 15, 2011
The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Education: A Research Summary, Maya Brennan, May 2011, a MacArthur Foundation Report
Cradle to Prison Pipeline Factsheet Children’s Defense Fund, California March 2009.
Characteristics of Juvenile Suicide in Confinement, Lindsey M. Hayes, US DoJ.
Mental Health Issues in California’s Juvenile Justice System, Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice.
Ready to Succeed: Changing Systems to Give California’s Foster Children the Opportunities They Deserve to Be Ready for and Succeed in School (2008) Recommendations and Implementation Strategies from the California Education Collaboration for Children in Foster Care
Extending Foster Care to Age 21: Weighing the Costs to Government against the Benefits to Youth Peters, Dworsky, Courtney, Poliack, (June 2009) Chapin Hall, University of Chicago.
Never Too Old: Achieving Permanency and Sustaining Connections For Older Youth in Foster Care. The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, July 2011. This research document is a policy and perspective that looks not just at adoption, but at all the effective approaches being considered today for achieving lasting connections for foster youth and therefore, better outcomes.
My So-Called Emancipation: From Foster Care to Homelessness for California Youth Human Rights Watch (2010).