Parents and Early Literacy

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 | Author: Smart Start

By B&K Weaver

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.

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Online Seminar on Early Childhood Collaboration

Tuesday, November 09th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

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.

View the CONNECT Module.

Linking Families with Community Resources

Wednesday, November 03rd, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

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Online Manual – How to Develop a Statewide System to Link Families with Community Resources
The Commonwealth Fund
has released a new online manual, How to Develop a Statewide System to Link Families with Community Resources (2010). The manual offers guidance for exploring, creating, and/or enhancing an easily accessible system for connecting children with or at risk for developmental or behavioral problems with community resources. The material is based on Connecticut’s Help Me Grow initiative.

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Prevent Child Abuse Learning & Leadership Summit

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina’s Learning & Leadership Summit on Evidence-Based & Family Strengthening Programs will be held on March 7-8, 2011 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

The summit will feature nationally recognized experts in the field of evidence-based programs and family strengthening practice including Steve Aos, Director of Washington State Institute for Public Policy; and Roland Warren, President of the National Fatherhood Initiative.

Early-Bird specials start at $69! Registration will open January 2011; look for a brochure in a mailbox near you!

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Prevent Child Abuse Learning & Leadership Summit

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 | Author: Eric

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina’s Learning & Leadership Summit on Evidence-Based & Family Strengthening Programs will be held on March 7-8, 2011 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

The summit will feature nationally recognized experts in the field of evidence-based programs and family strengthening practice including Steve Aos, Director of Washington State Institute for Public Policy; and Roland Warren, President of the National Fatherhood Initiative.

Early-Bird specials start at $69! Registration will open January 2011; look for a brochure in a mailbox near you!

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Read for the Record

Thursday, October 07th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

Today is Jumpstart’s Read for the Record©–a world record breaking campaign that brings children and adults together to read the same book, on the same day, in homes and communities all over the world. The campaign also kicks off Jumpstart’s yearlong program, preparing preschool children in low-income neighborhoods for success in school and life.

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.

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Improving Supports for Parents of Young Children

Friday, September 10th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

Improving Supports for Parents of Young Children, a new report by The National Center for Children in Poverty, provides state policymakers with:

  • highlights from research that links parenting to child outcomes;
  • questions to guide decisions about programs that could address different families’ needs in a state or territory;
  • efforts by four states to establish specific goals related to parenting supports and to make progress toward achieving those goals; and
  • recommendations for state-level work in this area that reflect current research and states’ experience.

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Policymakers Praise Davidson County Smart Start Program

Friday, August 27th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

On Thursday, former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt and Davidson County Representative Hugh Holliman visited Smart Start of Davidson County for a progress update about the School Readiness program. The program brings educators into children’s homes to help them build skills they need to succeed in school. Superintendents from the three local school systems were in attendance as they collaborate with Smart Start to provide the program.

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.”

Read the article in The Dispatch.

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Eleven percent of infants living in poverty have a mother suffering from severe depression

Thursday, August 26th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

This is one of the many conclusions of a new report by The Urban Institute, Infants of Depressed Mothers Living in Poverty: Opportunities to Identify and Serve.

Key findings include:

  • 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.

Read the abstract.

Read the full report.

Social-Emotional Skills for Young Children

Thursday, August 26th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

This just in from Natural Resources: Guidelines and Videos on Social-Emotional Skills for Young Children

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) has several new resources available online, including:

  • 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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