Do You Know Your State's Baby Facts?
ZERO TO THREE announces the release of State Baby Facts, a series of factsheets for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, presenting infant and toddler data in the framework of good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences. When looking at the profile of each state's youngest children, we see that where you are born can make a difference in your chances for a good start in life. To begin with, some states have more young children to look out for than others: Vermont and Wyoming have less than 23,000 children under the age of three, while California and Texas have well over one million. Infants and toddlers in Mississippi are more than three times as likely to be poor than those in North Dakota. These snapshots can help you educate policymakers about the programs that help improve the lives of infants, toddlers, and their families across the country.
To accompany the fact sheets, ZERO TO THREE's Baby Facts: Observations for States tells more of a story about the facts, showing observations of how infants and toddlers are faring across some states. For example, did you know that in 36 states the cost of child care for an infant is more than one-third of the median income for a single mother? Or that the three states with the highest percentage of low birthweight babies are neighboring states Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi?
Click here to find the State Baby Facts for your state!
State Policy Update
District of Columbia Launches Don't Wait and Wonder Campaign
The District of Columbia is taking action to increase the number of eligible children who receive early intervention services. Last September, the District launched a new campaign that brings attention to the signs of developmental disabilities and delays in children from birth to age three, highlights the long-term benefits of early intervention, and provides information on access to treatment services. The Don't Wait and Wonder campaign aims to encourage anyone with concerns about a child's development to contact Strong Start, the District's early intervention program, for a free evaluation and determination of eligibility for services. Radio and television commercials and Metro transit ads are promoting the campaign with slogans like, "If your child isn't talking, maybe it's worth speaking up." A toolkit was also developed to help District organizations promote Strong Start to their employees and constituents. Strong Start services are based on the individual needs of the child and family and are provided by health care providers, social workers, and physical, occupational, and speech therapists.
Read the full state policy update now!
Publications & Resources
Call for NTI Proposals
ZERO TO THREE is excited to announce that the 27th National Training Institute (NTI) will be held November 29 - December 1, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. The conference is now accepting proposals for presentations; the submission deadline is March 9th. NTI is ZERO TO THREE's annual multi-disciplinary training event that focuses on cutting-edge child development research, best practices, and policy issues for infants, toddlers, and families. Click here for more information about NTI and to learn how to submit your proposal online.
Webcast on Toxic Stress in Early Childhood
The Harvard School of Public Health will host a webcast, "The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy," on Tuesday, February 7, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST. This webcast will examine how health and education policies can be used and revised to counteract early childhood adversity. It will also discuss the recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, "Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Role of the Pediatrician: Translating Developmental Science into Lifelong Health." Watch the webcast here.
Data Tool to Inform a State Early Childhood Agenda
CLASP has developed a data tool for state advocates and policymakers to use as they work to develop a state early childhood agenda. The tool includes a series of questions to help understand the context and conditions of young children ages birth to six in a state. Questions are infant/toddler specific and include data on demographics, program participation, and details of child care and early education settings in the state. The tool also provides links to state-specific data sources.
Evaluation of Program for Maltreated Infants and Toddlers
From 2008 to 2011, the Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) coordinated a project called Supporting Early Connections (SEC), which addressed the social-emotional, mental health, and relationship needs of infants, toddlers, and their biological parents who had child welfare cases heard before the dependency court in Kent, WA. Through collaboration, cross-system training for professionals, and access to evidence-based treatment for babies and their families, SEC sought better outcomes for young children involved in the dependency system. A program evaluation of the three and a half year implementation of SEC has shown it to be a successful court-community collaboration. Read the executive summary of the evaluation here and the full evaluation here.