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.
On Friday evening, President Obama signed the order putting into motion across-the-board cuts (otherwise known as sequestration) for many domestic programs that provide needed services for young children and families. How the cuts will be implemented is still largely unknown. Many will undoubtedly take a while to unfold. Some agencies may be able to pare back in areas that the public will not notice. But for programs that provide direct services, hurting some vulnerable children and families seems unavoidable. So, how deep are the cuts? Read more in the Baby Policy Blog.
Exciting Resources from ZERO TO THREE
ZERO TO THREE has created two tools to help you make the case to policymakers that the path to school readiness, which begins at birth, relies on the development of social and emotional skills:
The School-Ready Child infographic illustrates the story about social and emotional readiness as a vital part of the school readiness conversation.
The federal policy agenda for the 113th Congress and the Administration provides the science and policy recommendations to achieve the best outcomes for very young children.
State Policy Update
Project For Babies Educates Legislators on the Importance of Prenatal- 3 in Three States
The Project for Babies has helped legislators and other state and community leaders in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota understand the science of early childhood development and its implications for policy. The Project aims to improve the health and developmental outcomes for very young children, with special attention to the impact of early experiences and relationships on learning, health, and behavior across the lifespan. The Project hosts policy briefings on research and policy for state legislators and agency staff, convenes community dialogues, gathers research on the wellbeing of infants and toddlers in the three states, and collaborates across cultures and sectors to explore ways to integrate the science into programs, practice, and systems change. The Project for Babies began as a special initiative of the Bush and Minnesota Community Foundations and is currently housed in the Center for Early Education and Development within the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. Read the full state policy update here.
Publications & Resources
Birth to Three Goes Virtual This year, the Early Head Start National Resource Center will conduct its annual Birth to Three Institute online. The “virtual” Birth to Three (vBTT) events will be free and accessible to anyone with a computer and internet access. The vBTT website launched recently, featuring a schedule, speakers, and registration information. Click here to learn more.
Child Development Videos Now Available in Spanish and Portuguese The Harvard University Center on the Developing Child has released several of its videos translated into Spanish and Portuguese. Videos include the Center’s inBrief series translated into Spanish and its three-part video series, Core Concepts in Early Development, translated into Portuguese. View the videos here.
Winter 2013 Child Indicator Newsletter Child Trends has released the Winter 2013 Child Indicator newsletter. The newsletter highlights new developments and resources within the child and youth indicators field. The latest edition includes new products from the U.S. Census Bureau, international news, and insights about indicators and evaluation.
New Brief on Children & Housing Insecurity A new Policy Action Brief from Children's HealthWatch examines the impact of housing on children's health. Analyzing survey results from 6,000 young children and their caregivers in Minneapolis, MN, the brief found that 67% of families were housing insecure. Read the brief here.