June 25, 2012
Partnering with Law Enforcement to Advocate for Very Young Children
Your early childhood program may be no stranger to collaborating with other government or nonprofit agencies, but have you considered partnering with your local law enforcement agencies? Law enforcement officers can be powerful allies when it comes to advancing public policies that protect the rights of infants, toddlers, and their families. In an interview with the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center, the Chief of Police in Paradise Valley, Arizona offers advice on how early childhood organizations can join forces with law enforcement. Read the interview now.
Download July’s Advocacy Developmental Milestone Calendar
If you’ve been a member of the ZERO TO THREE Policy Network for a while, you know we often talk about the importance of effective communication in early childhood advocacy. But who knew that practicing your framing skills could be so fun? Your advocacy challenge this month is to play The FrameWorks Institute’s new online framing video game, Swamped! Download July's Advocacy Developmental Milestone calendar to get started!
Federal Policy Update
Senate Appropriations Committee Signals Support for Continued Investment in Kids
On June 14th, the Senate Appropriations Committee gave children some good news, including increased funding for several children’s programs in the bill that sets FY 2013 spending for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Faced with the reality of limited dollars to spread around, the Committee still managed to signal the importance of continued investment in young children. Programs receiving increases included child care, Head Start/Early Head Start, Part C Early Intervention, and Race to the Top. For more details on these program increases, please visit our Baby Policy Blog.
State Policy Update
Nebraska Develops Online Home Visiting Training Modules
Nebraska recently released a Home Visiting Core Practices and Principles Online Training program, which provides information and resources that all home visitors can use. The training is made up of seven core modules designed to provide home visitors with the foundation for working with parents in the home. They focus on topics such as effective communication, family systems, cultural competency, observation and documentation, and care of self. Activities are embedded in the training, many of which require the home visitor to work with their supervisor, creating an opportunity for reflective supervision. The training is available at no cost to anyone who is interested, including parents. Users can obtain certificates for individual modules or for completing the full training program. Most of the curriculum and content for the modules was adapted from an existing 6-day face-to-face training already being offered in the state. The self-paced online modules have made it easier for home visitors, especially those in rural areas, to access the training they need. Read the full state policy update now.
Publications & Resources
Children in Immigrant Families
The Foundation for Child Development released a policy brief, Children in Immigrant Families: Essential to America’s Future, which found that one in four children of immigrant families live in poverty. The report compares the well-being of children in immigrant families to children with U.S.-born parents and found significant gaps in income, education, and health.
Supporting Kinship Families
In a policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the increased number of children living with extended family and close friends, known as kinship care. Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families includes the latest data for 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a set of recommendations on how to support kinship families.
New Analysis of Race to the Top Applications
A new paper from the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Analysis of Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge Application Section on Sustaining Effects Into The Early Elementary Grades, highlights trends and promising ideas from states’ proposals for the latest Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge applications. The report also examines ways that state policymakers can sustain states’ efforts from birth through the early elementary grades.
Child Poverty in Developed Nations
In a recent report on child poverty in developed countries, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) found that 30 million children in 35 of the world's richest countries live in poverty. The United States ranked second in the world on the scale of “relative child poverty,” with 23% of its children living in poverty. Read the full report here.