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Early Childhood, Child and Youth Development Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP provides information, policy statements, practice guidelines, child health resources and other publications from leading child health experts.

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families.

  • AMCHP Publications:
    • Promoting Healthy Weight: The Role of Title V: This issue brief highlights how state Title V MCH programs are working to promote healthy weight in their states and communities by presenting an environmental scan of Title V activities and snapshots of several comprehensive state efforts.
    • Opportunities for Collaboration between State Oral Health and MCH Programs to Improve Early Childhood Oral Health: This Issue Brief is intended to help maternal and child health (MCH) program directors and staff, state oral health program (SOHP) directors and staff, and others improve oral health within the MCH population by better integrating oral health activities and information into state MCH Early Childhood Programs. This Issue Brief focuses on MCH state-level Early Childhood Programs relevant to oral health, specifically the Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS) and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (Home Visiting).
  • AMCHP Best Practices: AMCHP defines "best practices" as a continuum of practices, programs and policies that range from emerging to promising to those that have been extensively evaluated and proven effective Best practices are continuously submitted to AMCHP on a rolling basis.
    • Every Child Succeeds: A collaborative program that provides home visits focused on proper child development for first-time, at-risk mothers, their babies and families on a regular basis from the time of pregnancy until the child's third birthday. 
    • Alaska Childhood Understanding Behaviors Survey (CUBS): The purpose of this follow-up survey to PRAMS is to fill a gap in knowledge by collecting information related to child behavior, health, health care access, and school readiness among Alaska's 3-year-olds.
    • The Boy's Health Advocacy Program: Provides health focused case management designed to meet the needs of underserved boys. ​

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) – provides child welfare professionals with access to information about related programs in the state of California, as well as the research evidence for programs in practice.

Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services – The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) is one of six centers within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMCS serves as the focal point for all national program policies and operations related to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This website provides information on federal policy guidance, Medicaid and CHIP program information, state resources and more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Offers resources and initiatives aimed at helping children grow up to reach their full potential.

  • Physical Education Profiles, 2012: This document summarizes physical activity and physical education policies and practices of secondary schools (middle schools, high schools) across 26 jurisdictions (18 states, 6 large urban school districts, 1 territory, and 1 tribe). Topics include requirements, curricula and standards, instruction, student assessment, school-based intramural sports programs or physical activity clubs, teacher qualifications, and professional development.
  • Child Development: This website includes information about child development, child mental health, and screening options, as well as resources such as articles, research and multimedia and tools.

Child Trends Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS) Synthesis – an online resource based on experimentally evaluated programs under the topics of program population, program outcome and program approach.

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC) works to advance the effective use of public data on the health and health-related services for children, youth and families in the United States. The DRC website provides free, easy access to a variety of national and state level data on children's health topics.

Healthy Families American Home Visiting for Child Well-Being
Healthy Families America is a home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families at-risk for child abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences. The program offers voluntary services for three to five years after the birth of the baby to families with histories of trauma, partner violence, mental health issues and substance abuse issues.

HRSA Health IT for Children Toolkit
This resource is a compilation of health IT information targeted at the health care needs of children, ranging from pediatric electronic medical records to children's health insurance coverage. It also discusses opportunities to link other systems that serve children, including Head Start, schools and foster care.

KIDS COUNT Data Center: Contains information about this national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States. Generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles of child health indicators. KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF).

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health works to elevate the priority of children's health, and increase the quality and accessibility of children's health care through leadership and direct investment.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is part of the Health Resources and Services Administration, and is responsible for meeting the needs of the maternal and child health populations of the United States and its jurisdictions.

Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University

  • Child Health Knowledge Paths: Knowledge paths on maternal and child health-related topics present selections of recent, high quality resources and tools to learn more about the topic, conduct further research, locate training resources, develop programs, and stay abreast of new developments. Components of a knowledge path include links to Web sites, electronic publications, news and commentary, and databases.
    • Mental Health: This knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and quality of care for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. Resources tap into the health, education, social services, and juvenile justice literature.
    • Nutrition: This knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources that present evidence-based nutrition guidance, describe public health campaigns and other promotion programs, inform policy and legislation, and report on research aimed at identifying promising strategies for improving nutrition and eating behaviors within families, schools, and communities.
    • Social and Emotional Development:  This knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources about promoting healthy social and emotional development in children and adolescents. Resources tap into the health, education, and social services literature. Separate sections present resources by age group and cover topics such as developmental stages; factors that impact social and emotional development; policies and programs to promote social and emotional well-being in homes and community settings; and strategies for integrating health, developmental, and educational services. 
    • Health Insurance and Access to Care: This knowledge path presents resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at advancing health coverage and improving health care access for children and adolescents.

MCH Navigator Trainings: This database contains learning opportunities based on MCH Leadership Competencies and Categories, including: