Budgeting as if we really do put children first

In today's News & Observer,  a Wake-County child psychiatrist speaks out in support of Smart Start and More at Four. Dr. Donald L. Rosenblitt, M.D.,  is the founding and current director of the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood. Rosenblitt points to brain...

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Zero to Three: Call for Proposals

ZERO TO THREE is currently accepting proposals to speak at the 2011 NTI conference held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC Friday, December 9 – Sunday, December 11, 2011. Download the Call for Proposals.

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Help Families Claim Tax Credits

The National Women’s Law Center recently launched a Tax Credits Outreach Campaign to ensure that more families know to claim available federal and state income tax credits. They have fliers for every state showing federal and state tax credits and...

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Crisis facing America’s Black children

On Thursday January 13, leaders of the Children’s Defense Fund and the Black Community Crusade for Children (BCCC) will release two studies showing the deepening crisis facing America’s Black children and young adults. Marian Wright Edelman and Geoffrey Canada...

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Building a System of Strong Supports for Young Children’s Mental Health

Learn what  various state's have been doing and how they're succeeding at proving support for young children's mental health. A highlight of the 2011 National Smart Start Conference, the session titled, "Building a System of Strong Supports for Young Children’s Mental...

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Watching TV in Infancy Associated with Lower Cognitive Development

A new study to adds to research that suggests television can have a negative impact on infants and toddlers. In a study of 259 families researchers found that babies who regularly watched TV had lower scores on cognitive and language...

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Child Poverty in U.S. So Dire, Foreign Countries Come to Aid

A new report titled "Held Captive”: Child Poverty in America commissioned and published by the Children’s Defense Fund, found that the plight for poor children in Mississippi is so dire, enriching experiences so meager and government aid so inadequate and...

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Learn early childhood education messages that work

Rich Neimand, President/Creative Director of Neimand Collaborative, will provide the opening keynote speech at the 2011 National Smart Start Conference. Neimand will talk about how to use Nobel Prize Laureate James Heckman's work to argue that greater investment in early childhood education...

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2011 General Assembly Leadership

The North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate have begun naming their leadership positions. Here's who has been appointed to date. House: Speaker: The Honorable Thom Tillis (Mecklenburg) Majority Whip: The Honorable Ruth Samuelson(Mecklenburg) Majority Leader: The Honorable Paul Stam (Wake) Joint Caucus Leader: The...

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Gov. Hunt and Milk Party Leader Talk Local Early Childhood Engagement

  Former North Carolina Governor James Hunt and David Lawrence, Jr., chairman of The Children’s Trust ,former publisher of The Miami Herald, and Milk Party leader have been named keynote speakers for the 2011 National Smart Start Conference's Celebration Lunch....

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