June 11, 2012
New from ZERO TO THREE: Staffed Family Child Care Networks Paper
Staffed Family Child Care Networks: A Strategy to Enhance Quality Care for Infants and Toddlers is the latest resource from the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center. This policy paper examines how staffed family child care (FCC) networks are positioned to improve the quality of care that infants and toddlers receive in FCC settings. By providing action steps and state policy recommendations for implementing a staffed FCC network, this paper offers guidance for how states can maximize partnerships to integrate staffed FCC networks in early childhood systems.
The paper is available on the ZERO TO THREE website at www.zerotothree.org/fccnetworks. Printed copies are also available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with “FCC Networks Paper” in the subject line. Please specify the quantity desired and purpose for use in your email.
Federal Policy Update
National Reunification Month: Helping Children and Parents Heal
June is National Reunification Month, a time to celebrate families’ resiliency as parents and children are successfully reunified after foster care placements. It's also a time to reflect on the countless parents who struggle to reach a place where they can be rejoined with their children and the support that can make this possible. While many events will take place this week, leading up to Fathers’ Day on June 17, supporting families should be a focus all year long for the communities that must come together around them. Visit the National Reunification Month website for more information.
The Safe Babies Court Teams Project at ZERO TO THREE is giving many families with young children in foster care reason to celebrate. A recent evaluation has shown that not only do young children served by Court Teams leave foster care for a permanent home more quickly than children in a national sample, they are also more likely to be reunified with their parents. A study by Dr. Kimberly McCombs-Thornton compared children in four Court Teams sites with a nationally representative comparison group pulled from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Wellbeing. A new DVD describing the work of the Safe Babies Court Teams and the science of early childhood development on which they are based is available for order. To learn more, read the Federal Policy Baby Blog.
State Policy Update
Colorado Creates Office of Early Childhood
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced the creation of an Office of Early Childhood (OEC) on June 7th. The new office will bring together seven early childhood programs that currently exist in four different divisions of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), allowing for greater collaboration and coordination both at the state-level and between the state and local communities delivering services. The OEC will have responsibility over: child care licensing, child care quality initiatives, the Colorado child care assistance program, the state’s 30 early childhood councils, early childhood mental health consultation, the Early Intervention Colorado Program (Part C), and Promoting Safe and Stable Families. By consolidating early childhood programs into one office, the state hopes to increase information sharing, reduce red tape, and improve the quality of all early childhood programs. The OEC is expected to begin operations as soon as this August. Read the full state policy update now.
Publications & Resources
Petition to Eliminate Child Poverty in U.S.
Sign on to a petition requesting that the Obama administration adopt policies and system reforms that make the issue of child poverty a national priority. Created on the White House’s We the People website, this petition seeks to gain 25,000 signatures by July 1, 2012. Visit the website to learn more about the petition and to sign on.
Recommendations to Advance ECE Systems
In a new report, Increasing the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Existing Public Investments in Early Childhood Education: Recommendations to Boost Program Outcomes and Efficiency, the Center for American Progress examines the challenges that create barriers to providing high-quality early childhood education for children ages birth to five. The report recommends 10 federal reforms believed to advance federally supported early childhood education systems, ensure system accountability, and improve overall child outcomes.
New Home Visiting Toolkit
The Center for Law and Social Policy recently released a new toolkit, Home Away From Home: A Toolkit for Planning Home Visiting Partnerships with Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers, which offers help to states exploring partnerships between home visiting and family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers. The toolkit includes a planning guide for states to explore home visiting partnerships– including potential policy changes– and case studies of existing partnerships between home visiting models and FFN providers. Each case study includes information about the model used, professional development and workforce implications, implementation, challenges, and available evaluation results.
Affordable Housing Protects Health of Children in Philadelphia
A new brief from Children's HealthWatch entitled Stable, Affordable Housing Supports Young Children's Health in Philadelphia shows the connection between the lack of affordable housing and poor health outcomes for low-income families in Philadelphia. This brief is the first in a series of five city-specific analyses about housing and young children.