September 4, 2012
Mobilizing Grandparents to Be Big Voices for Little KidsTM
According to the latest Census data, there are 40.3 million adults over age 65 in the United States. As the population of older Americans continues to rise, there is a great opportunity for infant-toddler advocates to garner support from this large group of individuals. Many organizations have begun to take advantage of this unique opportunity to mobilize this segment of the population. Generations United has proclaimed September 9th as Grandparents Day, a national call to action for older adults and children. More information about Grandparents Day, including a Take Action Guide featuring ways to get involved, is available at www.GrandparentsDay.org.
A number of grandparents serve as caregivers for young children, and it is important that they have resources to promote the healthy development of the infant or toddler in their lives. ZERO TO THREE has developed a series of grandparenting resources entitled On Your Lap, In Your Heart: Supporting Your Young Grandchild's Healthy Development, which can be found here.
Federal Policy Update
Grandparents Day 2012 is a Time for Advocates to Do Something Grand
This Sunday, September 9th is Grandparents Day – a chance for infant and toddler advocates to "Do Something Grand." The upcoming day of recognition offers an opportunity not only to celebrate the grandparents in our lives, but to honor grandparents by doing something grand for the next generation. Generations United—along with ZERO TO THREE and other key partners—has planned a full week of intergenerational activism from September 8th through 15th. We’re calling on grandparents and older adults to share their wisdom and perspective, and begin an important dialogue: discussing how, as a country, we can address the many challenges facing future generations—from literacy to health and wellness to financial stability. Read the Baby Policy Blog to learn what you can do to advocate on behalf of America’s future: our children. Join in and do something grand!
State Policy Update
Older Adults in Five States Are Advocating for Young Children
Over 1,000 adults ages 50 and older are raising their voices on behalf of policies that help children and youth thrive through Generations United’s Seniors4Kids initiative. The nationwide program operates intensively in Colorado, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. In each of these five states, Generations United partners with a leading child advocacy organization to build a network of older adult community leaders and grassroots advocates. Together, they provide participating seniors with advocacy training, sample letters to state and federal legislators, and opportunities to attend events in support of early childhood issues. During the 2012 legislative session, Kentucky Seniors4Kids volunteers made over 600 direct contacts with their elected officials, and advocates in New York secured media coverage in support of a quality rating and improvement system in multiple state and local newspapers. Seniors4Kids demonstrates that older adults are a powerful voice for young children. Read the full state policy update now.
Publications & Resources
New Grandparenting Resources
ZERO TO THREE released On Your Lap, In Your Heart: Supporting Your Young Grandchild's Healthy Development, a series of grandparenting resources that provide information on supporting healthy child development as well as well as tools for addressing more common challenges that come up when raising young children. These resources are available in English and Spanish.
Report Finds Child Care Costs More Than Rent
Child Care Aware of America (formerly NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies) released Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2012 Report, which presents 2011 data about the price parents pay for full-time child care in each state. The report includes average fees for both child care centers and family child care homes for young children in every state.
Maternal and Child Oral Health Resources
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center has released two new resources: Oral Health Resource Bulletin: Volume XXVII and Resource Highlights. These resources are intended to help professionals working in states and communities plan, develop, and implement programs to improve oral health services for pregnant women and children.
Webinar on State Initiatives to Expand EHS
On September 13, the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) will host a webinar on current state initiatives to expand and enhance Early Head Start services for infants, toddlers, and their families. The webinar will feature the findings of a forthcoming joint report by ZERO TO THREE and CLASP entitled Expanding Access to Early Head Start: State Initiatives for Infants and Toddlers at Risk and will highlight two states’ efforts to expand this proven program. Register for the webinar now.