The Alliance developed and published an initial Framework in 2013 with input from more than 150 experts representing early childhood and K-12 advocates and leaders, researchers, communication professionals, policymakers, and foundation leaders. The 2015 revision reflects input from a high level Advisory Group as well as additional experts in health and family support. Policy options are updated to reflect the latest research and best practice evidence. The most significant change is the inclusion of cross-cutting policy choices that address multiple issues.
The Framework has four policy pillars.
- HEALTH: Children are born healthy, stay healthy, and are surrounded by healthy adults
- FAMILY SUPPORT: Families help their children explore, learn, and grow in safe and nurturing places.
- LEARNING: Children arrive at Kindergarten with the skills and abilities to meet developmental milestones, read on grade level, and reach achievement goals.
- CROSS-CUTTING POLICIES: Children thrive in families and communities that support their healthy development.
Source: Alliance for Early Success
Available at: http://earlysuccess.org/our-work/policy-framework
In this interactive feature, you will learn how the choices we make can help children and the community as a whole become more resilient in the face of serious challenges. Negative events can occur at any moment, and it’s your job to choose positive events to counteract these negatives.
Choose carefully—you only have 20 ‘Resilience Bucks’ to spend. Certain positives will better counteract certain negatives and have a greater positive effect on children in the community. Your goal is to tip as many children’s scales as possible toward positive outcomes.
Clicking on a child’s scale will give you a more detailed look at their history, scale balance, and the placement of their fulcrum. The positive experiences you choose will alter both the scale and the fulcrum’s position—shaping the outcomes of children and the community.
We will all face adversity in life. But will your community thrive? Or dive? It depends on the choices we make!
Source: Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
Available at: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/resilience-game/
There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Parenting is an ongoing process of learning who your individual child is and what he needs to thrive. Our resources are designed to help you tune in to what makes your child tick, and to guide you in thinking about the best way to meet your child’s individual needs.
- Learn all about how development unfolds in the early years and how you can support your child’s healthy, overall growth.
- Explore how you can help your young child learn to manage emotions, gain self-control, build self-confidence, and make great friends.
- Discover how children are learning all the skills they need to be successful in school, starting from birth, with your loving guidance.
- Explore everyday ways to help babies and toddlers learn important concepts, to be good problem-solvers, and to get along with others, through play.
- Gain understanding about the root causes of some of the most common challenges parents face in children’s early years and how you can respond in ways that teach self-control and critical coping skills.
- Read about what to expect around sleep in the early years and how to prevent and troubleshoot challenges that arise.
- Learn about ways to manage your own emotions and reactions to your child that reduce stress–for you and your child–and that empowers you to nurture your child’s healthy development.
Source: ZERO TO THREE
Available at: http://www.zerotothree.org/parenting-resources/
Financial stability is a critical part of family well-being. Increasing family financial security can lead to positive, long-term outcomes for families and children. Use the following resources to learn more about asset-building. Find strategies to share with families, such as participating in financial literacy activities and claiming tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center, National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations
Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/family/family/family-financial-stability
The transition to school is a rite of passage in the lives of children and their families. For children, it means meeting new teachers and friends, adapting to a different and often larger hustling and bustling environment, and adjusting to new rules and expectations. For families, the transition to school can bring about a variety of emotions.
At Harvard Family Research Project we define transition as a process—not just a one-time event—that begins during children’s preschool years and continues into and through 3rd grade. Keep in mind that transition is also a time when children begin to take part in an increasing number of learning settings, both in and out of school. In this commentary (PDF), we highlight four important things that research tells us about the transition to school, including that:
- Transition is a matter of equity
- A smooth transition to school makes a difference for children’s outcomes
- Families play an important role in the transition to school
- Relationships among families, early childhood programs, schools, and communities are the foundation of effective transition practice
A number of research articles, many using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998–99 (ECLS-K), have informed our thinking about the transition to school. We have provided the references in this commentary (PDF) in alphabetical order as a helpful resource.
Source: HFRP – Harvard Family Research Project
Available at: http://www.hfrp.org/early-childhood-education/publications-resources/four-important-things-research-tells-us-about-the-transition-to-school
Understanding the match – or mismatch – of parents’ and providers’ perceptions of quality can inform efforts to improve quality, to strengthen family-provider relationships, and to assist parents in selecting child care that fits their child’s and family’s needs. As part of a larger project examining factors that shape parental decision-making, 92 QRIS providers in two states (46 in Maryland and 46 in Minnesota) and 19 parents of young children (ages zero to six) in Minnesota who recently applied for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program were asked their views on what is important to the overall quality of a child care arrangement.
Source: Child Trends
Available at: http://www.childtrends.org/?publications=parents-and-providers-views-of-important-aspects-of-child-care-quality
This series of handouts for pregnant women and parents of infants and young children provides simple tips on oral health issues. Head Start and Early Head Start staff are encouraged to share the handouts with families to promote good oral health. The handouts are available in English and Spanish.
Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health/oral-health/education-activities/healthy-habits.html
On November 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law. This reauthorizes the child care program for the first time since 1996 and represents an historic re-envisioning of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. The new law makes significant advancements by defining health and safety requirements for child care providers, outlining family-friendly eligibility policies, and ensuring parents and the general public have transparent information about the child care choices available to them.
Source: Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families
Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/occ/ccdf-reauthorization
The Strategies to Support and Encourage Healthy Active Living course is an online, interactive self-study course for Head Start and Early Head Start staff. It is focused on healthy, active living for children and families. Practice building skills to effectively communicate and engage with families around creating and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.
Source: The Head Start National Center on Health and the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health/healthy-active-living/story.html