The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce the CDC’s Milestone Tracker – a free app for tracking every child’s development in a fun and easy way—is now available in Spanish! This updated version of the app includes several improvements and can be used in either English or Spanish. Users can even track milestones in their preferred language and switch between languages during use or before sharing the summary. The app adds to the popular suite of free, family-friendly materials available in English, Spanish and other languages from CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program.

CDC’s Milestone Tracker app offers:

  • Interactive milestone checklists for children ages 2 months through 5 years, illustrated with photos and videos
  • Tips and activities to help children learn and grow
  • Information on when to act early and talk with a doctor about developmental delays
  • A personalized milestone summary that can be easily shared with the doctor and other care providers
  • Reminders for appointments and developmental screening

…all available in English and Spanish!
Learn more and get information on downloading the app at CDC’s English or Spanish Milestone Tracker websites. The app is available for FREE in the App Store and on Google Play. Remember, although it is packed with parent-friendly features, this app isn’t just for parents! Healthcare providers can use it to help with developmental surveillance as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and early care and education providers, home visitors, and others can use it to better understand children’s skills and abilities and to engage families in monitoring developmental progress.

Value-Based Purchasing For Children And Youth With Special Health Care Needs
The Catalyst Center has created a one-page infographic illustrating important elements of value-based purchasing for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). This infographic provides an brief explanation of value-based purchasing and explains the need for further research in the field of value-based purchasing for CYSHCN.

Addressing Social Determinants of Health via Medicaid Managed Care Contracts
State Medicaid agencies are increasingly exploring opportunities to address these social determinants of health (SDOH) in an effort to provide more efficient care and improve health outcomes. As states begin to support these efforts, they are thinking strategically about how best to align SDOH-related activities with other reforms — such as value-based purchasing, care transformation, and the development of cross-sector partnerships. A new report, developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies for the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), examines 40 Medicaid managed care contracts and 25 approved Section 1115 demonstrations across the country to identify common themes in state approaches to incentivizing and requiring SDOH-related activities.

Study Reveals Half of US Children have Access to Care Consistent with a Medical Home
Research published in Pediatrics revealed 43.2% of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) and 50.0% of non-CSHCN were reported to have access to a medical home, an important model for providing quality health care for all children. The analysis used data on an estimated 50,177 children ages 0 to 17 years from HRSA’s 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health.

Lessons from the Early Care and Education Field for Home Visiting Data Integration
A recent survey by the Early Childhood Data Collaborative found that 19 states have developed an Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS) to combine, secure, and transform data into reports that can be used by decision makers to inform policies and practice. A new blog post from Child Trends presents some of the challenges associated with linking home visiting data to other early childhood data and the pressing imperative to do so.

Blueprint for Complex Care: A Strategic Plan for Building the Field
The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, the Center for Health Care Strategies, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement are releasing the Blueprint for Complex Care, a guide to advancing the emerging field of care for individuals with complex needs. Drawing from experts and frontline stakeholders across the country, the Blueprint for Complex Care assesses the current state of the complex care field and presents actionable recommendations to help the field reach its full potential.

Integrated Care Models for Pregnant and Parenting Women
Integrated care models that support pregnant and parenting women’s physical and behavioral health and social service needs can improve outcomes for women and children and reduce health care costs. A new Issue Hub from NASHP provides valuable resources for states interested in using the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) model and others to improve access to coordinated care and implement innovative payment and care delivery models for women eligible for Medicaid.

Evaluating Systems Change Results: An Inquiry Framework
Developing a clearer sense of what we mean by ‘change’ and results’ in systems change efforts is a high stakes challenge. We need it to sharpen our thinking about strategy, develop and track indicators of progress, and we need it to be able to communicate our work amongst our allies and those whose support us as we seek. A new article from the Tamarack Institute introduces a brand new paper that provides three types of results that social innovators and evaluators should consider “mission-critical” to their work.

Introduction to Family Engagement in Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships
Family engagement is a shared responsibility of families and professionals that requires mutual respect for the roles and strengths each has to offer.  When early childhood program leaders create a strong vision for family engagement in their programs and businesses, they help relationships among children, parents, and the program thrive. A new issue brief from the National Center on Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships explores how these partnerships support family engagement.

Early Childhood Education: Quality and Access Pays Off

The debate is over. We know that targeted investments in early childhood education work. This new resource from The Heckman Equation aids users in tackling some of the most common myths among policymakers including Head Start’s effectiveness, fadeout and the importance of access to quality programs.



Toolkit Helps New Governors Improve Health with Cost-Effective, Upstream Strategies
Governors can control costs and advance their priorities by addressing the social and economic conditions that impact health. This new toolkit, from NASHP and the de Beaumont Foundation, shares practical, real-world tools and evidence-based practices to help governors and their teams break down silos and maximize resources across policy priorities.

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