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Today’s the Day to Rally4Babies!

The Baby Monitor

July 8, 2013

Today’s the Day to Rally4Babies!

Today parents, professionals, advocates, and nonprofit organizations from across the nation will join together in support of early learning opportunities for children beginning at birth. Today is the day that we come together to Rally4Babies! Here’s your chance to connect LIVE witha celebrity line-up of speakers, including journalist Soledad O’Brien as the event host, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, actress and Save the Children Artist Ambassador Jennifer Garner, award-winning children’s musician Laurie Berkner, and Chair of the Board of America’s Promise Alliance Alma Powell.

Join the rally by tuning in TODAY from 2:00-2:30 pm Eastern Time at http://rally4babies.org/community!

Log on to Twitter during the rally to submit your questions and comments using the hashtag #Rally4Babies. Select questions will be posed to the event speakers and answered live.

Federal Policy Update

Top Five Reasons You Should #Rally4Babies Today

The big thing happening in federal policy this week is the Rally4Babies. A whole line up of VIP’s will be taking time out of their busy days to join a Google+ Hangout to highlight the need to invest in the early development of our youngest children. We know your time is no less valuable. You may even be involved in giving some of those young children very positive early learning experiences.

So why should you choose to spend part of your day rallying for babies? If you're still on the fence, here are the Top Five Reasons to #Rally4Babies:

Number 5: Congress is making funding decisions right now.
Number 4: It's a simple way to advocate for babies.
Number 3: You can sing along with Laurie Berkner.
Number 2: Two Cabinet Secretaries and other VIP’s are rallying.

And the Number One Reason to #Rally4Babies is...read more in the Baby Policy Blog.

State Policy Update

Iowa Supports Young Children’s Healthy Mental Development

Iowa’s 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative is a public-private partnership that assists health care providers in implementing standardized, research-based tools to better identify the full range of family needs, including caregiver depression and family stress, during well-child visits. When needs are identified, families are referred to a 1st Five care coordinator who links them with appropriate services. The care coordinator follows up with the family on a regular basis to ensure they are receiving the services they need and keeps the referring physician informed of the patient’s status. The initiative targets all young children birth to five and their families, with a goal of universal surveillance and screening. Eighty-three medical practices representing 284 health care providers have participated since 1st Five began in 2007, impacting nearly 77,000 children. In those five years, 1st Five received about 5,000 referrals and made approximately 12,000 connections to local resources for families. The state legislature just appropriated an additional $1 million to the initiative. Read more.

Publications & Resources

2013 Kids Count Data Book Now Available
The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the U.S. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.

Young Child Risk Calculator
The National Center for Children in Poverty  updated its Young Child Risk Calculator.  The tool shows how many young children in states face individual risks associated with poor health and educational outcomes, as well as multiple risks in combination with economic hardship. Users can select a state, age group, any number of individual risks, and a level of economic hardship.

Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development
The Harvard University Center on the Developing Child released an interactive online tool which highlights five numbers to remember about the development of young children. The numbers illustrate the importance of early childhood to learning, behavior, and health later in life. Click here to view the tool.

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