Early Childhood Task Force Digest - April 2019
March 28, 2019
In Partnership with Santa Monica Cradle to Career
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Gov. Newsom's early childhood advisor describes 'whole-child, whole-family, whole-community' strategy
For the first time, a California governor has created a position in his office focused on early education. Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Giannina Pérez as his Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood. Peréz previously worked for Early Edge California and Children Now, both well-known children’s advocacy organizations. As an advocate, she worked to expand training for preschool teachers and child care providers to better support children who speak languages other than English at home. She also has experience in the state Legislature, having worked for former state Sen. Hilda Solis and Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez. She has a master’s degree from UCLA’s School of Public Affairs.
Champion for children Ann O’Leary takes her experiences from the White House to the Statehouse
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For O’Leary, the story reflects how the investments we make today can be investments in all of our future, or our collective community. O’Leary said Newsom’s proposals to invest in young children are “all about who we are as a society and a collective community. And I think Gavin Newsom just wholeheartedly understands that.”
Preschool Wellness: A Whole-Body Approach
Sando, Ruderman, & Lindemann; RWJ Clinical Scholars
Even though Eduardo is only 4 years old, incarceration already loomed large in his vision of his future. And he is not alone. One out of every five preschoolers in his Santa Monica, Calif., school district has been identified as “at-risk” or “vulnerable” in social-emotional development, which is the foundation on which children learn to navigate the world.
How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger
Doucleff & Greenhalgh, NPR
The culture views scolding — or even speaking to children in an angry voice — as inappropriate, says Lisa Ipeelie, a radio producer and mom who grew up with 12 siblings. "When they're little, it doesn't help to raise your voice," she says. "It will just make your own heart rate go up."
F.D.A. Approves First Drug for Postpartum Depression
Experts say the new treatment will provide immediate relief for mothers whose depression keeps them from providing their babies with the care, bonding and nurturing that is crucial for healthy development. As many as one in seven American women experience depression during or after pregnancy.
Amazon moms are every working mom, calling for backup day-care benefits
McGregor, Washington Post
Providers of backup child care say they’ve seen an uptick in interest in the benefit in recent years. Care.com said its Care@Work program for employers is the fastest-growing division of its business. And Bright Horizons, the largest operator of employer-sponsored child-care centers, said it has seen a 70 percent increase in companies offering backup-care benefits over the past five years.
The Burden of ‘Parent Homework’ [Opinion]
On one recent Tuesday, I received two emails with requests from my daughter’s teacher: Send in a collection of 100 things for the 100th day of school, and find something starting with the letter Q for show-and-tell. I already had to get a Dr. Seuss costume together for the next week, and don’t forget silly sock day, crazy hat day and everything else planned for a weeklong celebration of Dr. Seuss. And that’s just for one of my three kids.
POLICY & RESEARCH
Elizabeth Warren's $700 billion plan to get women off mommy track and boost their careers
Rosenbaum & Mullaney, CNBC
Her sweeping proposal calls for providing licensed early childhood care for every family in the country at a cost of no more than 7 percent of that family's income. For families making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($51,000 for a family of four), child care would be free. Moody's estimates 12 million children will be eligible.
Regulations for child care hard to roll back, as Trump proposed, because there aren’t many
Mongeau, The Hechinger Report
“Asking states to dilute [regulatory] protections as a requirement of a competitive grant program jeopardizes the safety and well-being of children,” wrote Catherine White, the director of child care and early learning at the National Women’s Law Center. “It creates a race to the bottom by incentivizing states to permanently remove the greatest number of basic protections for children in exchange for temporary new funding.”
Reading to Your Toddler? Print Books Are Better Than Digital Ones
Researchers had wanted to study toddlers in particular because of a concern that the toddlers might be particularly susceptible to distraction by electronic enhancements. That was why the enhanced books were compared to print books but also to nonenhanced electronic books.
Use It or Lose It—Why Taking Parental Leave Is So Important for Fathers
Janta & Stewart, RAND
With the legal provisions moving in the direction of a greater work-life balance in families, hopefully more fathers will be encouraged to be involved in their children's lives. And this in turn could increase social acceptance that taking parental leave is not just the responsibility of mothers. It is vital that these changes become entrenched as the benefits for children and their parents are so many.
Apprenticeships Could Offer Big Benefits for Early-Ed Teachers, Report Argues
Hinton, Education Week
"Early educators are most frequently lower income, females, often young parents, and do not have the luxury, or opportunity, or finances to support leaving their positions and going back to school," said Emily Workman, the author of the report. "An apprenticeship program offers both the financial supports but also opportunities to learn on the job, to remain working full-time while pursuing higher education. It's the best of both worlds."
The Risks to Babies of Older Fathers
“For so many years, it was assumed that advancing age only mattered for women,” Hilary K. Brown, a researcher in reproductive public health at the University of Toronto, said. “Paternal age matters as well.”
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)
SANTA MONICA ALERTS:
REMINDER: 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.
IMMIGRATION: RESOLUTIONS AND RESOURCES
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
► LA County Child Care Planning committee
Apr 3, 2019, 12:00 – 1:45 PM
Educare Long Beach
Meeting will include an overview of the LA County Early Care & Education Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis Project as well as a report on “Assessing County Property for Future Early Care and Education Sites.” Please RSVP to Erica Weiss at email@example.com
► Financial Independence Day
Apr 6, 2019
Virginia Avenue Park
(see attached flyer)
► 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
► NAEYC Professional Learning Institute
June 2-5, 2019
Long Beach, CA
► 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.