Early Childhood Task Force Digest - May/June 2019
May 31, 2019
How cities are convincing voters to pay higher taxes for public preschool
Iasevoli, The Hechinger Report
Seattle, Cincinnati and San Antonio are just three of a growing number of cities to develop high-quality public preschool programs paid for by new local taxes.
The Forgotten Tale of How Black Psychiatrists Helped Make ‘Sesame Street’
In 1969, the show aired on public television stations across the country for the first time. It was called “Sesame Street.” It was not only the most imaginative educational show for preschoolers ever designed: it was also, quite deliberately, populated with the most racially diverse cast that public television had ever seen. All the multi-ethnic characters— adults, children and puppets — lived, worked, and played together on a street in an inner-city neighborhood, similar (if in an idealized way) to the streets in which many minority children were growing up.
Tulsa experiment tests how tightly woven a safety net has to be
Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor
Three kids, three classrooms, one mom in a hurry. It’s a familiar scene in Educare, an early education center in Tulsa, a city of 400,000 that has become a test of whether investing early in disadvantaged kids holds the key to decoupling childhood poverty from adult failure. Children start at Educare as young as 6 weeks and the bill – $24,000 a year per child – is underwritten by private donors.
How to End the Child-Care Crisis [Opinion]
Polakow-Suransky, NY Times
As a nation, we are slowly waking up to the fact that our priorities have been backward for some time. A child’s first 1,000 days are a time to be seized, a time to level the playing field. Quality early care and education is not a luxury. It is a fundamental right we must guarantee for every child and every family.
Moms Don’t Need Fun Job Perks. They Need Child Care.
Alaimo, Bloomberg Opinion
Extras like gyms and free meals are great for keeping employees happier – and at work longer. Parents don’t have that luxury, and employers would do well to provide it.
Need A Child Care Subsidy? This Mom Would Tell You Not To Hold Your Breath
Orr, All Things Considered, NPR
Nationwide, the demand for subsidized child care exceeds the supply: Only 1 in 6 eligible kids actually get subsidies. In Sacramento, mom Jacquelyne Gettone has been on the waiting list for a decade.
Building Early Education Leaders: Conclusion and Takeaways
Lieberman & Bornfreund, New America
Principals who understand how young children learn best can take meaningful steps to support appropriate instruction in their schools and strengthen alignment in pre-K and the early grades. The growing number of states and districts choosing to focus on developing principals as early education leaders is a promising trend.
Kindergarten teacher: 'Why our youngest learners are doomed right out of the gate’ — and a road map to fix it
Strauss, Washington Post
Back in 2014, I wrote about a New York school that canceled its annual year-end kindergarten show because — are you ready? — the kids had to keep working so they would be ready for “college and career.” If you think that was a singular event, guess again. Preschool and kindergarten have become increasingly academic for years, often to the exclusion of structured play-based learning that has long been seen by experts as being the best way for young children to be educated. Things have gotten to such a point that children who leave kindergarten without having learned to read are often considered failures.
End the Plague of Secret Parenting [Opinion]
Oster, The Atlantic
When questions arise about how to support parents at work, my first impulse is to endorse paid parental leave. Mountains of data and evidence show that paid leave is good for children’s health, and for mothers in particular. I am more than comfortable making a data-based case for this policy. But experience, rather than pure data, leads me to believe that what happens after paid leave is nearly as crucial—that is to say, what happens when Mom and Dad return to the office. We need to normalize the experience of parenting while working.
I Went Through My Pregnancy With Strangers. It Was The Best Decision I Could've Made
Gold, Morning Edition, NPR
I ended up finding a community where I least expected it: at a medical office. CenteringPregnancy is group prenatal care offered by more than 600 practices across the United States. Rather than the standard 15-minute individual visits in an exam room, women who are due around the same time and their partners meet as a group for two hours with a clinician, usually a midwife.
POLICY & RESEARCH
Here's how California plans to fix its early childhood education system
It took two years, eight public hearings and over 70 conference calls, but California finally has a new plan to improve care and education for its kids.
A Bold New Early Childhood Plan for California Aims for 'Equity'
The 108-page report paints an early care landscape that looks dramatically different from what currently exists. The report calls for paid family leave, more home-visiting nurses, better training for the early care workforce and developmental screenings for every child. It also urges removing the “complicated barriers” that some immigrants face in having to prove their children's eligibility for subsidized care, and stresses the importance of parent input in the policymaking process.
Additionally, the report calls for pay parity between preschool teachers and elementary school teachers, noting that some preschool teachers now make as little as minimum wage.
New Fact Sheet Shows Targeted Funding Could Reach More California Children Eligible for Early Care and Education
California Budget & Policy Center
Senior Policy Analyst Kristin Schumacher looks at the share of children eligible for subsidized child care and development programs across the state, and variations by county. Her analysis found the five counties with the largest number of eligible children were all located in Southern California, and Los Angeles County alone accounted for more than 1 in 4 eligible children in California. These findings and more outlined in the Fact Sheet suggest that policymakers have an opportunity to make targeted investments in counties where the need for subsidized child care is particularly acute.
Governor Newsom’s Early Childhood Investment Proposals 2019
Early Edge California
Earlier this month, California Governor Gavin Newsom shared his revised state budget proposal, which included the largest-ever investment in education. Early Edge prepared an infographic on these Early Learning investments. In our statement, Early Edge applauded the Governor's unprecedented commitment to young children and their families. Executive Director Patricia Lozano noted, "The resounding prioritization of providing all children with access to a high-quality program before they begin Kindergarten is a win for California children and families."
California Could Be Months Away From Allowing State Workers To Bring Infants To Work
The proposed legislation would allow state employees to bring their infants to work in order to promote parent-infant bonding time and breastfeeding. Babies would need to be between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 months, or until the infant is crawling (whichever is earlier), and get medical clearance from a physician and a surgeon. The program would run from January 1, 2020-January 1, 2022.
Licensed Child Care Not Accessible to Many
The amount of licensed child care in California is inadequate to meet the needs of working families. Over three-quarters of children ages 0-12 did not have licensed child care slots available to them in 2017. Child care access varied across counties and were highest in Kings County where slots were unavailable for 89% of children. In nearly all counties, rates have remained the same or worsened since 2010.
Polis signs full-day kindergarten bill into law
The new law bans public schools [in Colorado] from charging tuition for full days and makes full-day kindergarten free to all parents in public schools. Many districts offered full-day kindergarten, but some charged tuition, while others subsidized the cost from other programs.
However, kindergarten remains optional for families in Colorado.
Initial Results from ECE Workforce Barriers Survey
Early Edge California
The survey confirmed that our Early Learning teachers face two major barriers to participating in professional development opportunities: not having enough money and not having enough time. The field also indicated which supports would be most helpful to advance their careers.
A Three-Year Retrospective: What We’ve Learned and How We’re Driving Change
The Early Learning Lab
In the three years since the Lab’s inception, much has been accomplished and much work still lies ahead. To understand what impact has been made and where the Lab is taking the work next, it’s useful to review where we’ve been and what we’ve done.
Report Examines Infant Feeding Disparities in Los Angeles County: Pinpoints Significant Inequities in Breastfeeding Rates by Race/Ethnicity, Hospital of Delivery and Other Factors
Data from the report indicates that in almost every birthing hospital in LA County, infants of color are less likely than white infants to be exclusively breastfed at hospital discharge. Additionally, there are several hospitals in LA County that were Baby-Friendly in 2016 and were no longer Baby-Friendly in 2017. All of those hospitals saw decreases in breastfeeding rates in 2017, and decreases were larger for infants of color. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991. The initiative has measurable and proven impact, increasing the likelihood of babies being exclusively breastfed for the first six months. A new paper published in Pediatrics links successful implementation of Baby-Friendly practices in the southern U.S. with increases in breastfeeding rates and improved, evidence-based care. The changes were especially positive for African-American women.
Young children are swallowing objects twice as often as before
McCarthy, Harvard Health Publishing
Researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio looked at data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System about “foreign body” ingestions in children between 1995 and 2015, and published their findings in the journal Pediatrics. They found that over the 20-year period, ingestions essentially doubled.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS
JOB: Executive Assistant (Connections for Children)
(Link to apply here)
JOB: LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST WITH 0-5 SPECIALIZATION (psj - cfdc)
Free noncredit courses for Intro to Early Care and Education Certificate
Click here (CFC/SMC Non-Credit) for details on this new collaboration between Connections for Children and Santa Monica College.
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 RESOURCES
Measles Information from LA County Department of Public Health
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CONFERENCES, TRAININGS, AND EVENTS
► NAEYC Professional Learning Institute
June 2-5, 2019
Long Beach, CA
► Working with families in difficult situations
June 3, 2019
Braille Institute, Los Angeles
► Sing and speak 4 kids
June 3, 2019
Pico Library Annex
► Entrenamiento de Tirador Activo (Español)
June 21, 2019
Los Angeles, CA
► Active Shooter Training (English)
June 22, 2019
Los Angeles, CA
► Families at the center: a multi-sector summit to build family engagement capacity in la county
June 24, 2019
Los Angeles, CA
► Early childhood summit
August 26-27, 2019
► IDA STATEWIDE CONFERENCE
September 13-14, 2019
San Jose, CA
► Zero to Three’s Annual Conference
Oct 2-4, 2019
Ft Lauderdale, FL
► OPening minds early education conference
Jan 29 Feb 1, 2020
SMMUSD has preschool openings for 2019-20.
Untitled No. 1 School – English & Spanish applications
THE THERAPEUTIC PRESCHOOL has openings for children 2.5-4.5 years
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