December 19, 2016
2:00pm to 3:15pm
This webinar will describe and discuss needed new investment approaches – from a strength-based, racial equity, and community-building perspective – for children in the first 1000 days of life. It will offer new state and community investment approaches as potential “purple” solutions that address inequities and persistent structural barriers to health care, education, housing, and employment, particularly in neighborhoods and communities most affected by these inequities.
Charles Bruner from the Learning Collaborative on Health Equity and Young Children will provide the national policy overview. Richard Chase of Wilder Research will provide a state perspective from Minnesota. A leader from Voices and Choices for Children Coalition will provide the perspective of communities of color and American Indian communities across Minnesota.
This webinar is for those in the early childhood, child health, child equity, poverty reduction, and community-building fields – and for those developing two-generation, social and emotional development, population health, and ACEs prevention early childhood strategies. While much of the focus upon early childhood system building to date has been on formal child care and preschool, fundamentally different approaches are needed in the earliest years of life. This webinar will offer a new frame for investment and action to ensure that all children have safe, stable, and nurturing in their home and community environments, the most fundamental and foundational elements to healthy growth and development.
About the presenters
Charles Bruner, Ph.D.
Charles Bruner, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator for the Learning Collaborative on Health Equity and Young Children, has worked on child policy and advocacy issues from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Charlie holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University, served 12 years as a state representative and then senator in the Iowa General Assembly, and was the founding Director of Iowa’s leading child policy research and advocacy organization, the Child and Family Policy Center. His presentation will draw upon the policy brief, ACE, Place, Race, Poverty, and Young Children: Community-Building as a Component of Early Childhood Systems Building.
Senior research manager at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, studies early childhood policies, services, and indicators and evaluates the effectiveness of school readiness, prevention, and capacity-building programs for children. For more than 30 years, Richard has worked with diverse community agencies to design and carry out studies focused on outcomes and improvement. Richard holds a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. His presentation will draw upon the policy report, Prenatal to Age 3: A Comprehensive, Racially-Equitable Policy Plan for Universal Healthy Child Development.
Voices and Choices for Children Coalition
The Voices and Choices for Children Coalition working closely with the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, state ethnic councils, state agencies, early childhood funders, community-based organizations, early childhood advocates and parents representing communities of color and American Indian communities across the state of Minnesota, focuses on developing strongly engaged cultural communities of learning as well as organizing and advocacy opportunities for their access, input, and impact around shaping more equitable practices and policies that will support better outcomes for children of color and American Indian children prenatal to 8 years old across the state. The coalition prioritizes the voices of organizations, advocates and parents of color and American Indians working across early childhood sectors to more meaningfully engage and empower communities of color and American Indians.
Angelica Cardenas-Chaisson, M.S.W.
Moderator: Angelica Cardenas-Chaisson, M.S.W. is CFPC’s staff lead for the Learning Collaborative on Health Equity and Young Children. Ms. Cardenas-Chaisson has an emphasis on health equity and young children. She brings expertise in early learning and family support to the center’s work. She also works closely on issues of youth living in foster care.
Ms. Cardenas received her B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has a Master’s of Social Work with an emphasis on children and families from the University of California, Berkeley.
Source: Learning Collaborative on Health Equity & Young Children
Registration available at: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=7f43uzewd8ja&campaign=8pm8s6v79gp4