National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education’s

“Use of Water and 100% Juice” Licensing Toolkit is now available here. Tailored to specific audiences (licensing agencies, child care providers, and legislators), each action sheet within the toolkit provides tips, facts, and suggestions to promote the use of water and 100% juice for the children entrusted to our care.

The toolkit consists of four documents:

  • User Guide for the Licensing Toolkit Action Sheets
  • Licensing Agencies’ Action Sheet
  • Child Care Provider’s Action Sheet
  • Legislator’s Action Sheet

Available to download for free!

Source: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

Available at: http://nrckids.org/ToolKit/WaterJuiceToolkitCombined.pdf

Common Core Poses Challenges for Preschools

12/6/11

Although the common-core standards are calibrated to ensure that students leave K-12 schools ready for work and college, they are also posing challenges for the educators who work with children just starting out their school careers.

As 46 states and the District of Columbia work this year to put the new curricular guidelines in place, preschool and early-childhood educators are determining how to balance the common standards’ emphasis on increasing and measuring academic rigor with research findings on young children’s developmental needs, which place a high value on play, the arts, social skills, and integrated instruction.

Source: Education Week

Available at: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/12/07/13prek_ep.h31.html?tkn=XRTF5u5aDLomVIu%2FXBMmpoQPhjSCEAn110zQ&cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS1

The Crisis in Early Education A Research-Based Case for More Play and Less Pressure

11/2011

“While early formal instruction may appear to show good test results at first, in the long term, in follow-up studies, such children have had no advantage. On the contrary, especially in the case of boys, subjection to early formal in- struction increases their tendency to distance themselves from the goals of schools, and to drop out of it, either mentally or physically.”
– Lillian Katz

The crisis in early education in the U.S. continues un- abated. Policymakers persist in ignoring the huge dis- crepancy between what we know about how young children learn and what we actually do in preschools and kindergartens.

Source: Alliance for Childhood

Available at: http://www.allianceforchildhood.org/sites/allianceforchildhood.org/files/file/crisis_in_early_ed.pdf

Investing in early childhood education

11/17/11

When Governor Rick Snyder talks about education in the state, he doesn’t talk in terms of K-12 but rather P-20 education. He describes it as pre-natal through post-graduate.

Early education increasingly considered key to future success

Susan Neuman is a Professor of Educational Studies at the University of Michigan. She served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education from 2001-2003.

Neuman says she can measure an achievement gap between children as early as 9 months. She says birth through age three turns out to be pretty crucial for a child’s future. “This is when brain development is increasing at an enormous rate,” Nueman said. “This is when language development is spurting this is when cognitive development and this is when our belief in ourselves is developing.”

Source: Michigan Radio

Available at: http://www.michiganradio.org/post/investing-early-childhood-education

Champion Investment in Head Start as a Window of Opportunity for Vulnerable Children

Right now, more than 6,343,000 American children under 6 live in poverty.

For a million of them, Head Start and Early Head Start offer a Window of Opportunity. Quality early education, health screening and family support give these children the start they need for success in school and life. In time, investments in them are returned sevenfold to society through increased earnings and decreased grade repetition, special education, welfare dependency, and crime.

But there are more than 5 million children that Head Start doesn’t reach. Without early intervention they may never have a Window of Opportunity, and they’ll enter school hungry and unprepared.

Source: The White House

Available at: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/%21/petition/champion-investment-head-start-window-opportunity-vulnerable-children/rytT3Ylq?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

Prematurity campaign

Every year, more than half a million babies are born too soon in the United States. Our country’s premature birth rate has risen by 36 percent over the last 25 years. That’s serious cause for concern.

Premature birth costs society more than $26 billion a year and takes a high toll on families. Babies born just a few weeks early are at risk of severe health problems and lifelong disabilities. Premature birth is the number 1 killer of newborns.

In 2003, the March of Dimes launched the Prematurity Campaign to address the crisis and help families have full-term, healthy babies. We’re funding lifesaving research and speaking out for legislation that improves care for moms and babies. Worldwide, 13 million babies are born prematurely each year. In 2008, we expanded the campaign globally.

Source: March of Dimes

Available at: http://www.marchofdimes.com/mission/prematurity.html

ZERO TO THREE Request for Applications: State Policy Action Team Meeting on Integrating Quality Home Visiting Services in State Early Childhood Systems

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center is pleased to convene a state policy action team meeting to support states and territories with the intentional integration of quality home visiting services in their early childhood systems. ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. The Policy Center is a nonpartisan, research-based resource for federal and state policymakers and advocates on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. This meeting is supported by the Birth to Five Policy Alliance.

Source: ZERO TO THREE

Available at: http://main.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/RFA.pdf?docID=12801&JServSessionIda004=dk7xejcyn1.app212c

Early educator union sought

10/10/11

Massachusetts teacher unions are attempting to enroll more than 10,000 early childhood education workers in the private and nonprofit sectors, a move that could boost their woefully low pay but critics say could also drive up tuition rates.

A centerpiece of the effort by the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts is legislation that would authorize the creation of a statewide union specifically for early childhood educators.

Source: The Boston Globe

Available at: http://articles.boston.com/2011-10-10/news/30263821_1_early-childhood-tuition-rates-union-contract

Letter: Invest in children

10/11/11

I’ve been in the banking business for 14 years, and I’ve seen firsthand that the backbone of any business is its human capital — the skills and abilities of the workers who keep the company running.

But how do we grow the talent pool needed to make Kansas an economic leader? We invest in strategies that develop human capital and are proven to produce a return on investment far beyond the initial financial commitment.

Our future depends on the health and well-being of our next generation. Early learning programs impart essential skills, such as persistence, self-control, problem solving, teamwork, and early numeracy and literacy — skills that set a child up for success in school and later in the work force. In the near term, high-quality early learning programs also show positive returns by lowering special education referrals, reducing grade retention, promoting better health outcomes, reducing juvenile delinquency and increasing family self-sufficiency.

Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal

Available at: http://cjonline.com/opinion/2011-10-11/letter-invest-children#.TpYuF3NfLKw

Exec. Director Advocates For Future Of Head Start

9/29/11

In past speeches on education, President Barack Obama addressed the importance of quality early education programs in preparing students for successful academic careers. Head Start, the federally-funded preschool program for low-income families, is a big part of that effort with 2,900 individual programs nationwide. But recent movement toward widespread spending cuts has Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the non-profit National Head Start Association, concerned for the program’s future.

Source: Governing

Available at: http://www.governing.com/blogs/fedwatch/exec-director-advocates-future-head-start.html