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Celebrating Infant-Toddler Policy Achievements of 2012

The Baby Monitor

December 10, 2012

Happy Holidays from the ZERO TO THREE Policy Network! This will be our last edition of The Baby Monitor for 2012. We're taking a holiday break and will send you our first 2013 edition on Monday, January 7th.



Celebrating Infant-Toddler Policy Achievements of 2012

Throughout 2012, ZERO TO THREE worked to keep you updated on some of the most exciting and innovative policy achievements across the country. We would like to celebrate national and state successes in promoting Big Voices for Little Kids® and our collaborations to prioritize infants, toddlers and families during recent elections. Read the article highlighting some of the innovative policy developments that we’ve seen this past year.



Take the Mobile-ize for Babies Poll

Don't miss your chance to weigh-in and share your opinion in the Mobile-ize for Babies poll before it closes on Friday, December 21st! We are challenging Policy Network members to help us reach 1,000 responses by taking the poll now: www.zerotothree.org/mobilize4babies. Once completed, forward this link to your friends, family, and colleagues, and share it on your Facebook page, Twitter account (using the hashtag #mobilize4babies), LinkedIn groups, blog, etc. You can track the poll results in real-time here.



Download December's Advocacy Developmental Milestone Calendar

In the wake of elections, new policymakers are gearing up to represent your interests at the federal, state, and local levels. Your advocacy challenge this month is to introduce yourself to these newly elected officials and encourage them to think about young children in the years ahead. It’s time to stand up as a Big Voice for Little Kids® and fight for policies and funding to support their care. Download the December Advocacy Developmental Milestone calendar now.



Publications & Resources

Recession's Impact on Children
A new brief from the Urban Institute, The Recession's Ongoing Impact on Children, 2012: Indicators of Children's Economic Well-Being, provides nearly "real-time" tracking of the recession's impact on children, with state-by-state data through 2012 on children with an unemployed parent and individuals receiving SNAP benefits. The brief also includes predictions of state child poverty rates for 2012.

New Planning Worksheet for Funding Partnerships
Planning Funding Partnerships: A Worksheet to Help States Get Started in Putting it Together is a new interactive worksheet from CLASP for states and communities embarking on financing partnerships to expand access to comprehensive services. The worksheet can be used to begin mapping the need, available resources, and potential partnering strategies that will help them move forward.

Overview of Child Neglect
Acts of Omission: An Overview of Child Neglect, a bulletin from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, addresses the problem and consequences of child neglect. The bulletin reviews definitions and strategies for assessing neglect, presents lessons learned about prevention and intervention, and suggests sources of training and informational support. Strategies for addressing neglect are included.


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