November 26, 2012
Mobile-ize for Babies: The First 100 Days Poll!
ZERO TO THREE is excited to announce our new poll campaign – Mobile-ize for Babies: The First 100 Days Poll! Through this campaign, we are asking people to complete a quick poll, which we hope will mobilize Americans to demand that our elected officials make very young children a priority during their first 100 days in office. And we need your help to make it happen!
With so many people using smartphone devices to communicate and interact with others, we are taking our poll campaign mobile and reaching far and wide to engage the public on issues affecting very young children.
Participating in the campaign is easy. All you need to do is:
- Complete the quick and easy Mobile-ize for Babies Poll, which can be found at: www.zerotothree.org/mobilize4babies or by scanning the QR code (see below).
- After you complete the poll, forward the link and/or the QR code to all of your friends, family, colleagues, and social networks.
- Share the link to the poll on your Facebook page, Tweet about it using the hashtag #mobilize4babies, blog about it, share it with your LinkedIn groups, and post it to any other social networking sites you participate in.
- Post the poll campaign flyer around your program or office, so people can scan the QR code and complete the poll on their mobile device.
Here are sample posts for Twitter and Facebook that you can use:
Twitter: Take the #mobilize4babies poll & tell us what you think should be the focus in the first 100 days. http://bit.ly/UjYokc
Facebook: Take the Mobile-ize for Babies Poll and tell us what you think should be the focus for our elected officials during the first 100 days. www.zerotothree.org/mobilize4babies
We will be posting the poll results on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ZTTPolicy) as they come in, so check the page often.
You can demand change for very young children and their families by spreading the word and getting as many people as possible to complete the poll and Mobile-ize for Babies!
Federal Policy Update
Baby Education Nation Gets Ready to Rumble!
Folks in Los Angeles may think they’re feeling a minor earthquake later this week as several thousand professionals devoted to promoting the healthy development of young children charge into ZERO TO THREE’s National Training Institute (NTI). There the Baby Education Nation will gather to share knowledge about supporting early development, particularly for vulnerable children, and to celebrate the amazing things babies can do in preparing to take kindergarten by storm. Linking babies and school readiness is always tricky. For some people, it conjures up images of flash cards and alphabet charts, with colorful blocks banished to a storage bin. In reality, school readiness means developing the secure relationships and laying the social-emotional foundations that, years later, lead to confident children who can relate to and communicate with teachers and peers, concentrate on tasks, and persist when challenges present themselves.
To learn more and find out how you can be part of the Baby Education Nation, read the Baby Policy Blog.
State Policy Update
Iowa Employs Pre-Removal Conferences to Engage Parents in the Child Welfare System Early
Iowa is using Pre-Removal Conferences to engage families involved with child welfare, as well as their support systems, before a child is removed from his/her home. This practice began in 2006 as a partnership between the Iowa Department of Human Services and ZERO TO THREE’s Safe Babies Court Team in Polk County. Pre-Removal Conferences bring child welfare workers together with the family, informal supports such as family members, formal supports such as medical providers or child care providers, a Parent Partner, and a trained facilitator. During a Pre-Removal Conference, all present discuss how the removal and subsequent placement will occur and set up supports designed to meet the preliminary safety, mental, physical, and educational needs of the children. Through this process, a plan is created for a less traumatic removal for all parties involved. Read the full state policy update for more information.
Reminder: SAMHSA Community Guide Now Available
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the publication Supporting Infants, Toddlers, and Families Impacted by Caregiver’s Mental Health Problems, Substance Abuse, and Trauma: A Community Action Guide. The guide (1) raises awareness and increase understanding among community advocates, policymakers, funders, and stakeholders about the ways that family and community mental health, substance abuse, and trauma affect the development of young children; and (2) highlights community action steps to promote healthy development in young children by addressing issues surrounding mental health, substance abuse, and trauma in families and communities. The Community Action Guide is now available for download here.