New Framing Article: How to Talk About Early Childhood Mental Health
More than ever before, the public has an understanding of, and appreciation for, brain development and early childhood development. However, the domains of development that are associated with mental health and well-being remain illusive for many, resulting in misinformation and uneven early childhood mental health policies. This new article in the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center's framing series , How to Talk About Early Childhood Mental Health, highlights tools provided by the FrameWorks Institute to help us communicate more effectively and promote public policies that reflect what we know about early childhood mental health. Check it out now!
Download May's Advocacy Developmental Milestone Calendar
During the month of May, it's time to focus on the emotional health of infants and toddlers in honor of Mental Health Month. Your challenge this month is to invite three people who work with young children to meet you for coffee on May 3rd to talk about early childhood mental health and how you can help policymakers recognize and support this important aspect of development. Download May's Advocacy Developmental Milestone Calendar Now!
Federal Policy Update
Don't forget that your Representatives and Senators are still on spring recess and may be in your district or state this week. Now is an ideal opportunity to educate Congress at home on the importance of supporting the earliest years in a child's life and the need for a long-term view to ensure our nation's future economic security.
Whether you ask for a meeting with your Representative or Senators, arrange a site visit, attend a town hall event, or write a letter, there are many ways you can help! Please read our latest blog entry for helpful resources on reaching out during the recess.
If you are able to meet with your Representative or Senators, print out ZERO TO THREE's Policy Pocket Card to leave behind with them. This is a great advocacy resource to communicate effectively about what we know, what we can do and how we all benefit from supporting early childhood experiences beginning at birth.
State Policy Update
Colorado Moves toward an Interagency Early Childhood Data System
Colorado has made significant progress toward creating a unified, interagency early childhood data system to measure improvement and inform policy development, planning, and funding of early childhood supports. Data-sharing legislation passed by the General Assembly over the past four years laid the groundwork for the system, establishing the Governor's Office of Information and Technology (OIT) to oversee all data efforts and setting clear expectations for agencies' participation. Legislation also mandated creation of a unique early childhood identifier and the Government Data Advisory Board (GDAB) to determine how to collect, share, use, and release information. Most recently, legislation was passed to create a GDAB subcommittee to develop recommendations for implementing a universal application for use by all agencies and programs related to early care and education. These efforts are one piece of the work being done by OIT to create an integrated data management system for all state services.
Read the full state policy update now!
Publications & Resources
Report on State Child Care Tax Provisions
The National Women's Law Center released its 2011 report on state child and dependent care tax provisions, Making Care Less Taxing, and the accompanying state report card, Making the Grade for Care, which grades those state provisions. This report is intended to help state advocates and policy makers develop and improve these provisions.
New Data on Infant Toddler Nutrition
New results from the 2008 Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS), a cross-sectional study collecting information on infant feeding practices, diet and health behaviors, and 24-hour dietary recalls in a national sample of children from birth to age 47 months, reveal the disparity between parents' perceptions and the reality of their children's diet and weight.
Series of Briefs on Evidence-Based Home Visiting
Mathematica Policy Research and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago are producing a series of briefs about home visiting, using information from grantees funded by the Children's Bureau to implement one of five evidence-based home visiting models. Recent briefs include "Supporting Home Visitors in Evidence-Based Programs," "Recruiting and Training Home Visitors for Evidence-Based Home Visiting," "Assessing the Need for Evidence-Based Home Visiting," and "Replicating Evidence-Based Home Visiting Models: A Framework for Assessing Fidelity."