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.
Take Part in the Early Learning Day of Action on June 5th!
Take Part in the Early Learning Day of Action on June 5th! As part of the Strong Start for Children campaign, ZERO TO THREE is joining with organizations and individuals across the country to get people talking about the importance of early learning from birth to five. On Wednesday, June 5th, we encourage you to organize a Day of Action event in your program or community, using the power of your infant-toddler expertise and the voices of the families you serve to raise awareness about how early learning starts at birth. Whether you compose a tweet or help plan a rally, no action is too small. ZERO TO THREE developed an online toolkit to assist you in getting involved, which is available here. Join us in highlighting the needs of infants and toddlers on this important Day of Action!
State Policy Update
New York City Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Legislation
In a 45-3 vote on May 8, the New York City Council passed legislation requiring employers with 20 or more workers to provide paid sick leave. Employees who have worked at least four months will receive five paid sick days per year to care for themselves or an ill family member. The law will go into effect on April 1, 2014 and will expand its reach to employers with 15 or more workers in October 2015. Approximately 100 million New Yorkers who currently do not have access to paid sick leave will be eligible for the benefit when the law is fully implemented. Read the rest here.
Publications & Resources
Webinar on State Strategies to Improve I-ECMH Join the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center on June 5th at 2:00 PM Eastern Time for a webinar on state strategies for improving Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (I-ECMH). The webinar will highlight a new ZERO TO THREE policy paper, Nurturing Change: State Strategies for Improving Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Representatives from Wisconsin and Florida will discuss their states’ work to take a proactive and comprehensive approach, infuse I-ECMH into other systems, and develop financing mechanisms to support services. Click here to register.
Disconnected Mothers and the Well-Being of Children A new research report from the Urban Institute, Disconnected Mothers and the Well-Being of Children, synthesizes research related to low-income mothers disconnected from both work and welfare. The research shows that many of the circumstances disconnected mothers face pose major risks to children's development. This paper provides potential interventions to help disconnected families, including increasing and stabilizing family income, enhancing parenting skills, supporting children directly, and reaching out to disconnected mothers who are not citizens.
Business Leaders Sign Open Letter to President and Congress ReadyNation released an open letter on early childhood to President Obama and Congress, signed by more than 300 business leaders and organizations from 44 states. ReadyNation is continuing to collect signatures, so please encourage your colleagues in the business community to sign on. Click here to read the letter and learn more about how you can help spread the word.