Little Kids, Big Questions is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We are immediately reminded that infants and toddlers are at greatest risk for maltreatment, accounting for more than a quarter of substantiated cases of abuse and neglect each year. The consequences of maltreatment for young children are profound, as maltreated infants and toddlers struggle to form attachments and face developmental challenges.
Our own challenge during April is to focus our attention, not on these consequences, but on what babies need to thrive and what we can do to make sure every baby has those supports. The National Movement for America’s Children, of which ZERO TO THREE is a founding partner, is observing Child Abuse Prevention Month by offering a month’s worth of tips for families and communities about simple steps they can take to support each other. Read the Baby Policy Blog for more information and to learn how you can get involved.
State Policy Update Pennsylvania Creates Interactive Tool to Help Parents Support Babies’ Growth and Learning
Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children has created an interactive tool that helps families learn what they can do to help their infants learn and grow. The Infant Early Learning GPS (Guiding Parents Smoothly) is designed as an online quiz that has users answer questions in four areas – your child’s brain, your child’s development, you and your child, and when your child is not with you – and offers customized tips and resources based on their answers. Though the tool is organized as a quiz, there are no wrong answers. After answering the questions, users can complete a short worksheet that helps them identify ways they can use the tips in daily life. The information contained in the tool was created in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning and is based on sources such as Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Standards and nationally-recognized brain research. Read the full state policy update now.
Ending the Invisible Neglect of America's Infants ZERO TO THREE Board Member J. Ronald Lally has released a new book, For Our Babies: Ending the Invisible Neglect of America's Infants. The book paints a picture of how societal changes in the United States over the past 60 years have affected babies. Using testimony from experts ranging from developmental psychologists to child care providers, the book addresses how U.S. policies and practices must change if all parents are to raise children to be physically and emotionally healthy and productive members of society.
Unemployment From a Child's Perspective A new issue brief from the Urban Institute examines unemployment from a child's perspective. The brief provides estimates of children affected by unemployment by state and metropolitan area, considers the effects of parental job loss on child development, and reviews policies affecting the safety net for children of the unemployed. Click here to download the brief.
Reports on Child Care in Minnesota and Maryland Three new briefs from Child Trends detail findings from studies in Minnesota and Maryland on child care arrangements among low-income parents: