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Highlights from Meeting on Moving an Infant-Toddler Policy Agenda

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September 16, 2013

Highlights from Meeting on Moving an Infant-Toddler Policy Agenda

In May 2013, the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center hosted a cross-state meeting focused on developing and moving an infant-toddler policy agenda. Teams from Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania participated. Sessions focused on topics such as:

  • crafting an infant-toddler policy agenda,
  • developing effective messaging,
  • engaging “hard to reach” families,
  • leveraging funding sources to support infant-toddler initiatives, and
  • improving the quality of infant-toddler services.

PowerPoint slides, meeting notes, and other resources from the meeting are available here.

Federal Policy Update

Will Your Senator Play Chutes and Ladders on Capitol Hill this Wednesday?

This Wednesday, September 18, from 10 a.m. until noon, lawmakers, advocates, parents, and, yes, children will gather on the U.S. Capitol grounds to play a giant game of Chutes and Ladders. The game was adapted by MomsRising, and the event is sponsored by the Strong Start for Children Campaign to highlight the importance of early learning in climbing the ladder to success in school and in life.

Will your Senator be there? It’s not too late to ask! Click here to send a message to your Senators asking them to join in this super-sized conversation starter and to learn how you can participate in this exciting day for early learning.

State Policy Update

California Develops Comprehensive Early Learning Plan

California’s State Advisory Council released the California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan (CCELP) late last month. The plan identifies how California can develop a high-quality birth-to-age-five system that provides all children with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve long-term success. Several stakeholders from across the state, including parents, early childhood professionals, state and local agency representatives, higher education faculty, and ZERO TO THREE Western Office staff, provided input during the development phase. The recommendations contained in the CCELP were also informed by a meta-analysis of existing early childhood services that was conducted last year. Download a copy of the plan here.

Publications & Resources

Recording of Latino Kids Data Explorer Webinar
On August 29, the National Council of La Raza led a webinar to demonstrate their Latino Kids Data Explorer, a web-based research tool that allows users to download and creatively present up-to-date information on the status of Latino children in their state and nationally. A recording of the webinar is available here.

Report on Early Childhood Program Participation
The Institute of Education Sciences' National Center for Education Statistics presented results from the Early Childhood Program Participation Survey, which collected data on children’s participation in relative care, non-relative care, and center-based care arrangements. The report also features survey findings about parents’ main reason for choosing care, what factors were important to parents when choosing a care arrangement, and parents’ participation in various learning activities with their children. Read the report findings here.

Video on School Readiness
Child Trends released a new video, Child Trends On Topic: School Readiness, that explains what it means to be "school ready" and looks at what families, schools, and communities can do to get children ready for kindergarten. Watch the video here.

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