Infants and Toddlers

Supreme Court Upholds Child Abuse Evidence Via Mandatory Reporter

On Thursday, June 18 the Supreme Court upheld the use of a child’s comments to a mandatory child abuse reporter (a teacher) in the trial of his abuser.  The ruling Ohio V Clark  was 9 to 0 with Justice Alito writing the main opinion with a separate opinion by Thomas and a third opinion by Scalia and Ginsburg.

The Supreme […]

Preschool Children Have a Higher Expulsion Rates Than K-12

Research, by the Foundation for Child Development, indicates that 3 and 4 year old children are being expelled from preschool at a rate higher than school children in grades K through 12.  The research was a focus of a briefing on Capitol Hill briefing on Thursday, June 12.  The event was hosted by Zero to Three and the National […]

Groups Release Recommendations on Protecting Children from Trauma

On Tuesday, May 20 more than a dozen groups led by Futures Without Violence released their new recommendations called, Safe, Healthy and Ready to Learn: Policy recommendations to ensure children thrive in supportive communities free from violence and trauma. The recommendations focus on seven goals:

*     invest early in parents and young children;

*     help schools promote positive school climates, be […]

Brookings Discussion Talks Prevention and Financing

The Brookings Institution was the setting this past Tuesday, May 5 for a discussion “Can States Improve Children’s Health by Preventing Abuse and Neglect”. As part of discussion there was a new release of The Future of Children from Princeton and the Brookings Institution: Policies to Promote Child Health. Although the focus of the discussion was on prevention some […]

CWLA Recognizes Congressional Advocates on Children’s Issues

CWLA recognized three members of Congress for their advocacy and work over the past year.  Senator Patty Murray was recognized on Monday as a Congressional Champion for her on going work on behalf of children.  As the Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education she has been a […]

Home Visiting and CHIP Extended For Two Years

Late last Tuesday the Senate gave final approval to the Medicare SRG “doc fix” and in doing so also extended by two years the home visiting program (Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting—MIECHV) and the CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program).  The Senate followed the House in an overwhelming vote of approval by 92 to 8.  All eight votes […]

Letter In Support of SSBG Now Open For More Signatures

A letter that went to Capitol Hill on March 12, with more than 65 national organizations signing on in support of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) has now been re-opened for signatures by state and local organizations, associations and governments. Sign up can be accessed here.

The two budget resolutions being negotiated did not specifically single out SSBG for […]

Doc Fix Would Extend Home Visiting, CHIP, Medicaid TMA, Teen Pregnancy

When the Senate returns it is hoped that they will quickly follow up on a March 26 approval by the House of Representatives to replace the Medicare SRG “doc fix” and also extend by two years two key programs: the home visiting program, MIECHV for two years and a two year extension of the CHIP program, the Children’s Health […]

HHS Seeks Comments: CAPTA Guidance On Child Fatalities Disclosure

On March 31, ACF published a notice seeking public comments in the Federal Registry (80 FR 17045) on the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) in regard to public disclosure of findings or information about a case of child abuse or neglect which results in a child fatality or near fatality. The notice comes on the heels of […]

HHS Announces Pulling Of CAPTA Regulations

On Monday, March 30, the Administration for Children and Families announced that it is removing the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) regulations in their entirety effective June 29, 2015.   They are not seeking comments.  In their announcement they say:

“These regulations no longer apply to the CAPTA programs they were originally designed to implement because of major legislative […]