Children develop the skills needed to learn to read long before they ever enter a kindergarten classroom. Early Ed Watch interviewed Gabrielle Miller, a national expert on early literacy interventions and national executive director for Raising A Reader about what the research shows about the importance of positive family involvement for a child’s later reading success. Several Smart Start local partnerships support the Raising a Reader program in their communities.
A new CONNECT Module on communication for collaboration is now available. This module focuses on effective communication practices that can be used to promote collaboration with professionals and families in early care and education, and intervention settings. CONNECT Modules are free and designed using an evidence-based approach to professional development. Resources include video clips, activities, and handouts. The modules are focused on teaching and intervening effectively with young children in a variety of early learning environments and inclusive settings and are designed to be embedded into existing curricula, coursework and other professional development opportunities.
This year’s book is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats! If you don’t own the book, you may read it online. All you need to do is read the book with a child in your life, then fill out the online form to be counted in the official world record.
New York City Mayor Bloomberg discusses the effort on The Today Show.
Smart Start’s School Readiness program is a local version of Parents as Teachers, a national program that offers information, support, and encouragement to parents with young children to promote children’s healthy growth and development. The program brings school readiness educators like Bleasha Carroll into family’s homes to teach learning games and activities that develop the fine motor, gross motor, social-emotional, language, and cognitive skills children need to thrive in school.
Here’s some of what was said to a reporter from The Dispatch:
“I certainly appreciate the job that you’re all doing,” Holliman said to the Smart Start staff. “We think early childhood education is one of the best ways to get kids ready before they start school.”
Edna Amos is a school readiness specialist with Thomasville City Schools. “I am a lover of Smart Start,” she said. “We do believe that no matter what walks of life you are from, the core of every parent wants the best for their child.”
“I’m very proud of Smart Start. These are our children, the parent’s children, the community’s children and God’s children,” Hunt said. “We’ve just got to do a lot more. This works, this helps make our schools work. I am so proud of all you do in Davidson County.”
Eleven percent of infants living in poverty have a mother suffering from severe depression.
Evidence suggests that depression can interfere with parenting, potentially leading to poor child development—setbacks that are particularly devastating during infancy.
Compared with their peers with nondepressed mothers, infants living in poverty with severely depressed mothers are more likely to have mothers who also struggle with domestic violence and substance abuse, and who report being only in fair health.
Infants living in poverty with depressed mothers receive similar prenatal care as their peers whose mothers are not depressed, but they are breastfed for shorter periods of time.
Even though depression is treatable, many severely depressed mothers do not receive care.
Many depressed mothers living in poverty are already connected to services, such as WIC, health care services, food stamps, and TANF. Every contact is an opportunity to identify depression and help parents seek treatment.
How Do I Decide? Series of Guidelines. The first two installments in this new series provide guidelines on: How to Choose a Social-Emotional Curriculum and When to Seek Outside Help for Children’s Problem Behavior.
Online Videos: Two CSEFEL videos, Promoting Social Emotional Competence and Practical Strategies for Teaching Social Emotional Skills, can now be viewed online in their entirety.
Source: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning – July 15, 2010
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