Early Childhood Task Force Digest - March 2019
March 12, 2019
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Edward F. Zigler, an Architect of Head Start, Dies at 88
Dr. Zigler was an early champion of guaranteed time off from work for new parents, the teaching of child-rearing skills to teenagers, and the integration of health and social service programs and day care into neighborhood public school buildings.
Give Parents Money, Not Universal Pre-K [Editorial]
The New Republic
The obvious policy solution for improving early childhood education, then, is to give families money in one form or another—such as child allowances, tax credits, or child care subsidies.
50,000 preschoolers are suspended each year. Can mental health training for teachers make a difference?
Research shows consultations work. A 2009 study found that, despite differences in approach or intensity, early childhood mental health consultations are “consistently associated with teachers reporting fewer problem behaviors among their students.”
In high demand, but with little pay, day care workers hope to unionize
McMillan has joined other child care providers in pursuing an unconventional strategy to try and change things. They have joined a union, SEIU, and they want the state of California to recognize the union and sit down to collectively bargain with them to create a contract. The goal is to improve the working conditions so the job is more sustainable for those already in it and more attractive to those thinking of starting a day care in their home.
The Real Mommy War Is Against the State [Opinion]
In the United States, almost every woman I interviewed had reached the same conclusion: It was her — or her and her partner’s — responsibility to figure out child care, cobble together a leave of absence (often unpaid), get on a preschool waiting list, find a babysitter, seek advice from friends and acquaintances, and engineer any number of other highly improvised coping techniques. In the lawyer’s case, this meant, among other things, joining a less-prestigious firm that demanded fewer hours and finding the right hands-free breast pump to multitask in her cubicle. The common thread in every conversation was that the parents had to solve their problem themselves, no matter how piecemeal the solutions.
What we can learn from Canada’s universal child care model
Herrera, PRI’s The World
“Actually, it started 20 years ago at [$3.81] a day. It was increased in 2004 from [about $3] to [$5.33] a day. And now, middle-class families pay [$6] a day,” said Pierre Fortin. He’s a Canadian economist at the University of Québec at Montreal who applauds the universal, low-fee child care program. Since its creation two decades ago, the program has become a model for the rest of the world. Families there pay about $6 per day. The total cost to Québec province: $1.52 billion. Fortin says it’s a lot of money, but it’s offset by something else. More working women.
Cleaner Classrooms and Rising Scores: With Tighter Oversight, Head Start Shows Gains
More than a decade after Congress imposed new standards on Head Start, a third of its partners have been forced to compete for funding that was once virtually automatic, and the share of classrooms ranked good or excellent has risen more than fourfold. With a $10 billion budget and nearly 900,000 low-income students, Head Start is a behemoth force in early education, in an age when brain science puts ever more emphasis on early learning.
Proposed California bill would require full-day kindergarten
Assembly Bill 197 proposes to require full-day kindergarten beginning in 2021. Under the proposal, the minimum school day for full-day kindergarten would be “the same number of minutes per school day that is offered to pupils in first grade.”
States overcome challenges with early childhood education data through collaboration
From a data-gathering perspective, early childhood education is complex — it involves health and progress data of students, families and classrooms and includes federal, state and local organizations, which are often not coordinated with one another. At a panel on Tuesday at South By Southwest EDU in Austin, Texas, state government leaders from Minnesota, Texas, Georgia and Utah explained how they are leaning on a unique multi-state partnership to make sense of the data generated by the country’s youngest students.
The Effects of Transportation on Early Childhood Development
Bernard van Leer Foundation
Urban transportation can affect the quality of the experiences that shape the developing brain— for good and for bad. It affects access to healthy food, healthcare, childcare, and other key early childhood services. The quality of transportation and planning affects the extent to which pregnant women, babies, and toddlers can access the services they need for healthy development: sources of healthy food, well-baby clinics, and other primary healthcare, childcare, parks, and play spaces.
Knock Knock. Who’s There? Kids. Kids Who? Kids Tell Terrible Jokes.
Fetters, The Atlantic
Similarly, McCabe says, slightly older children—often around preschool age—learn the rhythms and formats of jokes without really understanding how humor is supposed to work, resulting in nonsense that has the shape of a joke but isn’t, really.
POLICY & RESEARCH
Exclusive: White House And Ivanka Trump Propose New Spending On Child Care
Keith, Morning Edition, NPR
The centerpiece is a proposed one-time investment of $1 billion to increase the supply of child care to underserved populations. States would apply for funding and could use it to encourage employers large and small to invest in child care or to support child care providers that operate during nontraditional work hours or that cater to parents who are enrolled in school.
Elizabeth Warren Proposes Universal Child Care
Ms. Warren’s plan, the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act, would create a network of government-funded care centers based partly on the existing Head Start network, with employees paid comparably to public-school teachers. Families earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level would be able to send their children to these centers for free. Families earning more than that would be charged on a sliding scale, up to a maximum of 7 percent of their income.
Day Care for All: The progressive to-do list is missing a very important idea. [Opinion]
Free public college, health care for all, a living wage: These are all important causes that will improve life for millions. But there’s another proposal that belongs on the progressive to-do list: universal affordable high-quality child care. In fact, I would put it ahead of free public college: It would help more people and do more to change society for the better. Only about a third of Americans age 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree or higher, after all (although more would surely try if they could afford it). But by the time American women are 40 to 44, 86 percent of them are mothers, and unless they are affluent — or have a retired but still energetic grandma who’s willing to pitch in full time when the kids are little — the child care crisis hits families hard.
State of Babies Yearbook 2019
Zero to Three & Child Trends
The State of Babies Yearbook: 2019 is a first-of-its-kind resource for stakeholders who recognize the critical importance of supporting the healthy development and well-being of America’s babies and toddlers. It seeks to bridge the gap between science and policy with a state-by-state snapshot of how babies and their families are faring. The national and state profiles provide the building blocks for strong policies which support parents and caregivers in nurturing the youngest Executive Summary stateofbabies.org | State of Babies Yearbook: 2019 7 children and placing them firmly on a path to success in school and in life.
Want to Grow the Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis.
ReadyNation’s new study examining the economic impacts of the nation’s child care crisis on infants and toddlers, working parents, employers, and taxpayers describes an annual cost of $57 billion in lost earnings, productivity, and revenue.
The Cat is Out of the Bag: Orientalism, AntiBlackness, and White Supremacy in Dr. Seuss' Children's Books
Ishizuka and Stephens, Research on Diversity in Youth Literature
Our study sought to evaluate the claims that his children’s books are anti-racist, and was shaped by the research question: How and to what extent are non-White characters depicted in Dr. Seuss’ children’s books? We designed our study to provide important insights into the manner and extent to which White characters and characters of color are portrayed, and assess their implications to the development and reinforcement of racial bias in young children.
How to cut child poverty in half [Opinion]
Haskins & Smeeding, The Hill
Congress voted on a bipartisan basis to request a consensus study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2015 so that a committee of experts could formulate a plan for reducing child poverty in the United States by half within 10 years. The committee, on which we both served, has recently released its findings.
We Need to Make Kindergarten Engaging Again [Opinion]
Brown, Psychology Today
During the past few years, I and members of my research team have been interviewing education stakeholders: kindergarteners, their families, teachers, school administrators, university educators and researchers, policy analysts, policymakers and lobbyists. We’ve done our research in Texas, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., and our goal is to make sense of these changes and how they might alter kindergarten so that it reflects their understanding what really should happen in kindergarten classrooms.
We found that almost everyone we talked to is worried about what kindergarten has become.
What Do You Think Of This Plan To Fix California's Early Learning System?
With the goal of bringing order to the chaos, the state assembly formed a Blue Ribbon Commission on early childhood education two years ago. After eight public hearings and countless subcommittee meetings, the commission unveiled a draft report of their recommendations this week. Now's your chance to chime in. Commission members will present the recommendations at a hearing in Sacramento on Monday and take public comment. You can stream the hearing here. And you can email feedback to Assembly.BlueRibbonCommission@asm.ca.gov until March 20. The final report is scheduled for released in April.
Proposed Law Would Require Low-Cost Nutritious Meals at Day Care Centers and Preschools
Kritz, California Health Report
Throughout California, low-income public-school students in grades kindergarten through 12 are guaranteed at least one free or low-cost healthy meal each school day. That same law doesn’t apply to public preschools or to child care programs operated by school districts or county offices of education that serve low-income children. But that could soon change. Late last month Assembly members Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) and Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) introduced AB 842, legislation that would expand the law to public schools operating child care, and preschool programs that serve low-income children, as well as provide some additional funding.
Pre-to-3: New 'baby PISA' study to include US 5-year-olds
Jacobson, Education Dive
What some are referring to as “baby PISA" will include a sample of 3,000 5-year-olds each in the U.S., England and Estonia. In addition to gathering data on children’s characteristics — such as gender, parents’ socioeconomic level and family makeup — the study will also collect data on children’s “home environment” and on the schools where they attend kindergarten. Researchers will measure children’s skills in literacy, numeracy and self-regulation.
Why 2-Year-Olds Need Dad, More Than Ever Before
But a growing amount of evidence—including one new study in the Journal of Infant Mental Health—suggests that boys are more vulnerable than girls when it comes to chemical toxins, neglect, abuse, and other factors that can disrupt healthy neurological development.
New Research Shows Just How Important Preschool Is
Meadows-Fernandez, Scary Mommy
But new research from Duke University might mean it’s time for the seven states without formal preschool programs to get it together and allocate more funding to early education.
That Bombshell Screen Time Study is About Parents, Not Tablets
New data shows that screen time harms child development. But there’s evidence that good parenting between screen time sessions mitigates the negative impacts.
Nix the baby talk: Study shows ‘parentese’ boosts infant language development
A recent study published in the journal Developmental Science found that babies of parents who were coached in parentese — a type of talk that, compared to standard speech, uses a higher pitch, a slower tempo, a more exaggerated intonation and acoustically exaggerated vowels — babbled more and used more words by the time they were 14 months old, compared to infants whose parents didn’t receive parentese training.
No intrinsic gender differences in children’s earliest numerical abilities
Kersey, et al; Nature
Furthermore, early school-based mathematical concepts that build upon knowledge of the logical principles of counting did not show any gender-based differences, suggesting that boys and girls learn mathematics similarly even beyond counting acquisition, into early schooling.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS
Director of the Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education
· Directs the work of the Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education, coordinating with the Child Care Planning Committee and the Policy Roundtable for Child Care and Development, to advance the mission and vision of the program.
· Directs all activities to improve the Early Care and Education (ECE) system within Los Angeles County, including planning, development, implementation, coordination, administration, monitoring and evaluation
· Builds consensus and develops pathways to support ECE entities, stakeholders, County partners, and program users to fully leverage available County resources and access additional resources from other local, State and federal agencies.
LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST WITH 0-5 sPECIALIZATION (psj - cfdc)
LCSW SUPERVISOR WITH 0-5 SPECIALIZATION (fssm)
See attached flyer for details, including contact information for Angel Towler.
Santa Monica Alerts:
Reminder to sign up at SM alerts (for emergency & public safety alerts) to receive direct notification from the Santa Monica Office of Emergency Management, Police Department, and/or Fire Department when action from the public is needed. Other sources of information are the Facebook/Twitter feeds of the City of Santa Monica, SM Police Department, and SM Fire Department. Lastly, childcare providers are encouraged to call the non-emergency dispatch number at 310-458-8491 with any questions about an incident’s impact on their program.
THINK BABIES – STROLLING THUNDER 4/30/19
Do you know a family who wants to travel to Washington, DC with their baby or toddler and help turn their Members of Congress and staff into champions for babies? Then we need your help!
EARLY CHILDHOOD RESOURCES
Free Noncredit Courses for Intro to Early Care and Education Certificate
See attached flyer for details on this new collaboration between Connections for Children and Santa Monica College.
DPSS Outreach Staff @ VAP on Tuesdays
Please remind parents that they can apply for CalFresh and/or Affordable Health Care benefits at Virginia Avenue Park every Tuesday. Details in attached flyer.
Milestone Tracker App for Parents – Also in Spanish!
The CDC is pleased to announce that its free app, the Milestone Tracker, is now available in Spanish! This mobile app is part of a suite of free, family-friendly materials available through the Learn the Signs Act Early program.
Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns
Free 1-Hr, 4-module course (in English & Spanish) on the importance of monitoring children’s development and how to talk to their parents about it.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Have a question about available early childhood education and financial assistance Contact Connections for Children at 310-452-3325.
VROOM: Brain Building Moments
Help children 5 and under learn and develop! Show parents how they can use our fast, free Vroom tips to nurture their child’s learning and become brain-building heroes.
Restriction of Immigration Enforcement Actions in “Sensitive Locations”
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has longstanding policies that restrict immigration enforcement actions in “sensitive locations,” including early care and education programs. This resource is intended to inform early childhood professionals about DHS sensitive locations policy.
Supporting Children and Parents Affected by Family Separation
Statements on Family Separation:
SMC RESOLUTION ON IMMIGRATION: MEMO FROM PRESIDENT JEFFERY
SANTA MONICA POLICE DEPARTMENT ON IMMIGRATION
Santa Monica Chief of Police on Immigration > HERE
RESOLUTION EMBRACING DIVERSITY AND CLARIFYING THE CITY’S ROLE IN ENFORCING FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW
A letter from your Mayor
DOWNLOADABLE TOOLS >> HERE
CONFERENCES, TRAININGS, & EVENTS
► The Power of Play, with Dr Stuart Brown
Mar 23, 2019
Good Samaritan Hospital
► Stewards of Children (empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse)
Apr 25, 2019 – new date!
Ocean Park Branch Library
(see attached flyer
► World Forum on Early Care and Education
April 8-11, 2019: Conference
► CAEYC Annual Conference
April 11-13, 2019
Santa Clara, CA
► Annual Arts + Literacy Festival
April 27, 2019
Virginia Avenue Park
► Working with Families in Difficult Situations
June 3, 2019
Braille Institute, Los Angeles
► Early Childhood Summit
August 26-27, 2019
► IDA STATEWIDE CONFERENCE
September 13-14, 2019 (payment for early bird rate due 5/1/19)
San Jose, CA
Untitled No. 1 School – English & Spanish applications @ https://www.untitledno1.org/
SMMUSD has preschool openings for 2019-20. See website or attached flyer.