Little Kids, Big Questions is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.
Watch Dr. T. Berry Brazelton Talk About How Learning Happens from the Start
Noted pediatrician and author Dr. T. Berry Brazelton has been a long-time champion for very young children. As he celebrates his 95th birthday, Dr. Brazelton urges us to make babies and their families a top national priority. Watch his video message and follow his call to action by signing the Rally4Babies petition. Then RSVP to attend the Virtual Rally4Babies on July 8 at 2 PM Eastern Time! Learn more about the rally at www.rally4babies.org.
Federal Policy Update
#Rally4Babies in Just Two Weeks!
People all around the country think babies should be a priority when it comes to public policy. It’s just so hard to get them all in one place. Now you have a place to go to make your voices heard: In just two weeks, the national #Rally4Babies will happen right on your computer screen. A number of early childhood notables will gather in a Google+ Hangout on the afternoon of July 8th to talk about why it’s important to give young children the opportunity to reach their potential—starting from birth. Read more.
State Policy Update
Connecticut Passes Legislation Requiring Screening and Referral for Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System
A section of the budget implementer bill passed earlier this month in Connecticut includes a win for young children involved in the child welfare system. Beginning in October 2013, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) must ensure all children under age three with substantiated cases of abuse or neglect are screened for developmental and social-emotional delays using validated assessment tools. Screenings must be administered every six months, and children exhibiting delays must be referred for evaluation by Part C Early Intervention. The screening and referral program will be expanded to include children under age three who are served through DCF’s differential response program in July 2015. Read more.
Publications & Resources
Request for Applications to Participate in New ZERO TO THREE Project ZERO TO THREE’s Center for Training Services is launching Sharing the Care: Partnering to Promote Child Well-Being, a project consisting of eight interactive online lessons focused on strengthening parent-provider relationships to promote the well-being of very young children. In July 2013, ZERO TO THREE will be disseminating a Request For Applications (RFA) to solicit the participation of communities interested in organizing cross-sector and multi-disciplinary groups of professionals to participate in the online lessons and Community of Practice. Visit www,zerotothree.org/sharingthecare to learn more.
Search for Community Initiatives to Improve Early Childhood Outcomes The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is conducting a national search for comprehensive, integrated, multi-sector initiatives focused on improving outcomes for the population of young children and families who reside in a defined, local geographic area (i.e., neighborhood, city, or county)—particularly initiatives that promote optimal health and well-being of families with children from the prenatal period through eight years of age. The purpose of this search is to identify and “map” the current landscape of exemplary and promising community-focused, early childhood initiatives and to begin to build learning and networking opportunities across interested initiatives and other key partners. Click here to participate in the survey. The deadline is July 22. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Webinar on Increasing Early Childhood Education Services for Homeless Children The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will present a webinar for Communities of Care (CoC) grantees on June 27 at 3 PM Eastern Time. The webinar, entitled Working Together: Increasing Early Childhood Education Services for Homeless Children, is part of a series on connecting education and homelessness services for CoC grantees. Speakers include Kiersten Biegel from the Office of Head Start, Minh Le from the Office of Child Care, and Kathleen Liffick, Director for the Champaign County Head Start. Register for the webinar here.