A note from Director Lauren Fasig, PhD, JD

IOM forum on children's cognitive, affective and behavioral health and integrated behavioral health care in pediatric primary care settings.

By Lauren Fasig, JD, PhD

It is hard to believe that 2013 is almost over. The busy start to the year for the Children, Youth & Families Office has lasted throughout the year. This is our third issue of the CYF News this year. With the roll out of the Affordable Care Act, the topic of integrated behavioral health care in pediatric primary care settings is timely and more important than ever. I hope you will enjoy the articles in this issue. 

In addition to producing the CYF News, the office has continued our work disseminating psychology to benefit children, youth and families. We are staffing the Task Force on Violent Media, which continues its review of the APA 2005 Resolution on Violent Video Games and Interactive Media. We also continue to work as part of the planning team for the APA/ABA National Conference on Family and Community Violence, which will take place in the spring of 2014. We also will be joining the new Institute of Medicine (IOM) Forum on Children’s Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Health. Check this column in future issues for updates on the progress of the Forum.

Part of our work includes partnering with other offices within APA to highlight important resources for the public and our members. Recently, the Center for Psychology in the Schools and Education developed the Early Learning Guidelines (ELG) Educator Toolkit to provide resources to early childhood educators for working with young children to achieve the developmental and learning outcomes identified for the early years. The ELG addresses the preschool age group using the domains from the Head Start framework. The tool kit can be found on the ELG Educator Toolkit webpage. The tool kit provides the state Early Learning Guidelines for all 50 states, the domains of early learning, resources addressing special populations and resources related to the Race to the Top grant competitions.