The Effects of Homelessness on Young Children

Thursday, April 26th, 2012 | Author: Tracy

Child Trends has published a brief that looks at how homelessness impacts the development of young children. When the Bough Breaks: The Effects of Homelessness on Young Children (February 2012) reports that between 2006 and 2010, approximately 1.6 million children were homeless annually in the U.S. and about 40% of those children were under the age of six. The brief discusses research findings showing that preschoolers without a stable home are more likely to have a major developmental delay and higher rates of internalizing and externalizing behaviors than other children. It includes recommendations to help improve outcomes for these children, including access to high-quality child care and early education programs.

Another recently published Child Trends’ brief, Frequent Residential Mobility and Young Children’s Well-being (January 2012), looks at the demographic characteristics of young children identified as “frequent movers,” and the association of frequent moves with their mental and physical health.

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Child Care and Military Families Web Conference on April 25

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 | Author: Tracy

The Child Care concentration of the Military Families Learning Network is proud to announce the second presentation of our Child Care and Military Families web conference series. You are invited to participate in the 60-minute web conference Using Books in Child Care to Connect with Military Children’s Lives on Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. EDT.

This web conference will discuss:

  • effective strategies for getting the most out of reading books in child care settings
  •  the role that books can play in supporting military children
  • the newly developed, searchable Children’s Book Database from the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care

Presenters:

  • Dan Weigel, Professor and Extension Specialist, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
  • Jane Lanigan, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Washington State University Vancouver

Audience:

This 60-minute web conference will be presented for child care providers (both on-installation and in local communities) who work with Military Families, as well as early childhood professionals who supervise, direct, or educate child care providers who work with military families.

How to Attend the Web Conference:

No registration is required to attend this event. Simply log on to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/milfam as a “guest” a few minutes before 2 p.m. EDT on April 25.

Selected articles have been identified to prepare you for this web conference. If you want to learn more about using books to connect with military families before the web conference, we recommend that you review these articles. Links can be found at http://learn.extension.org/events/488. A recording of the web conference and additional resources will also be available at this site after the session.

To receive more information after the web conference, you can type your email address into the chat box during the session, or send an email to dbales@uga.edu after the session.

To learn more about the Child Care concentration of the Military Families Learning Network, please visit http://blogs.extension.org/militaryfamilies/child-care/

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Working with Child Care Programs to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Tuesday, February 07th, 2012 | Author: Tracy

Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) is expected to  introduce the Healthy Kids from Day One Act, a bill that promotes obesity prevention in the child care setting.   North Carolina has been a the forefront of this issue. In 2010, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation partnered with The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., to combat childhood obesity in a groundbreaking initiative called Shape NC. This three-year, $3 million effort partnership tackles childhood obesity by focusing on young children from birth through age 5.

Below is his summary of Senator Udall’s bill.

Healthy Kids from Day One Act

Obesity rates are reaching epidemic levels in the United States, and our children are being hit particularly hard. Today, about one in three children are either overweight or obese – as a comparison, roughly 4% of children in 1960 would classify as such. More than 21 percent of preschool children are obese or overweight.

Being overweight or obese can lead to many chronic health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. All of these conditions are costly for health care purchasers and patients, reduce quality of life, and are among the top six leading causes of death each year.

Obesity comes with a tremendous economic cost. By 2018, the average obese person will pay $8,315 a year in medical bills compared to $5,855 for an adult at a healthy weight. That’s a difference of $2,460, or a 42 percent increase. Driving down the costs of health care will require us to take serious steps to curb the alarming growth in obesity in this country.

The good news is that, in the vast majority of cases, obesity is completely preventable. Specifically for children, the eating and physical fitness habits developed early in life are related to whether or not a child will maintain or develop obesity or become overweight later in life.

Key Elements of the Healthy Kids from Day One Act

  • Pilot Program: The legislation would create a 3-year pilot program in 5 states to support child care collaboratives that focus on combating obesity among our youngest children. These collaboratives will work to do the following in child care settings:
    • Promote physical activity.
    • Create healthier eating environments.
    • Limit the amount of time children spend in front of the TV or other digital screens.
    • Promote parental engagement.
  • Training: The collaboratives bring child care providers together in structured learning sessions to share strategies and techniques to improve healthy eating and physical activity of children in child care settings.
  • Finding Out What Works: Upon completion of the pilot, HHS will use consistent metrics to evaluate the program and report back to Congress. Best practices will be identified, disseminated and encouraged in other existing federal programs.
  • Federal Coordination: HHS will ensure this pilot coordinates activities with the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council. This will minimize the duplication of resources and eliminate the need for a new government entity for this program.

From Crib to Classroom: Developing Language and Skills for Reading

Monday, February 06th, 2012 | Author: Tracy

Invest in Us has a new resource available based on a presentation by Dr. Kathy, Hirsh-Pasek, Temple University Lefkowitz Professor of Psychology and Director, Infant Language Laboratory.

“Today, we have a great deal of scientific evidence on the language and literacy development of infants. Much of it reinforces our intuition to engage children through relationships and to impart knowledge through intense interaction. Yet, the evidence also strongly suggests that there is much more we can do as parents and teachers to build stronger language and literacy skills in young children.There is a science to early language and literacy development. We can better prepare children for later school achievement by taking what we know and making it an intentional and integral part of early childhood education—particularly among at-risk children and families.

Parents and close caregivers are the main teachers of these critical early skills, yet not every one of them has the time, resources or ability to tackle the job. Providing parents and close caregivers with the lessons learned from science will help equalize the language and literacy skills of children when they enter school—and go a long way toward preventing the achievement gap.”

The paper highlights five lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Learning starts with engagement in relationships and interests.
  • Lesson 2: Talk with infants, but let them drive the conversation.
  • Lesson 3: Frequency Matters—infants and toddlers learn the language they hear the most.
  • Lesson 4: Infants need to hear diverse examples of words and grammar.
  • Lesson 5: Bilingualism is the norm and should be encouraged.

Download the resource.

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State Efforts to Address Obesity Prevention in Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

Wednesday, February 01st, 2012 | Author: Vivian

A new report by Altarum Institute provides an in-depth look at how states are incorporating obesity prevention into their Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRISs) for child care facilities. QRISs are a voluntary, comprehensive approach to improving the quality of early care and education programs and have recently become the focus of state early childhood obesity prevention efforts. Based on information gathered from a national advisory group and representatives from 10 states, the report documents the specific nutrition, physical activity, and screen time standards being used in state QRISs, tools and incentives to help child care providers achieve the standards, and monitoring strategies. It also highlights successful collaborative, cross-agency strategies being used, challenges states have faced, and recommends next steps in this important policy area.

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Governor Calls for 3/4 Cent Sales Tax for Education

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 | Author: Tracy

Yesterday, Governor Bev Perdue called on the General Assembly to restore the three-quarters of the one-cent sales tax that was eliminated during the last legislative session and dedicate those funds to education.

In response, Dr. Olson Huff, Chair of the Board of The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., released the following statement:

“North Carolina is known for investing in its people and recognizing that economic development begins with early childhood development. Our state’s early childhood work has produced enormous education, health, and economic results for the state. We see it in higher third grade reading and math scores, decreased special education placements, and lower dropout rates. We see it as a factor when businesses decide to move here and when magazines name our region as one of the best places to live.

With renewed investment, we can make children, families, communities and economies stronger. This is critical in today’s environment, where there are more children birth to five, more of those children are living in poverty, and far fewer resources are available than a decade ago. Since 1990, there has been an 85% increase in the number of children living in poverty. At the same time, funds have declined— most significantly during the last legislative session when early childhood education taking a disproportionate cut, meaning today far fewer children and communities are benefitting from needed early childhood services.

Any new public resources must be invested wisely. In the words of Dr. Andrew Meltzoff of University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, ‘There are only 2,000 days between the newborn baby and when that child will show up in kindergarten. . . Our children can’t wait.’

Together, we can provide the early education, health and developmental resources parents need to raise capable children and successful adults. In doing so, North Carolina will attract businesses, grow jobs and guarantee prosperity.”

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Cycling for Education: Meet Amanda Gladin-Kramer

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 | Author: Tracy

 Meet Amanda Gladin-Kramer from Hillsborough, North Carolina. She plans to bike across North Carolina to raise awareness about the deep cuts the state made to education. She will follow a 476 mile route–a mile for every dollar cut . As part of her effort, she is raising funds for three organizations, including The North Carolina Partnership for Children. Advocates for Children Services and East Durham Children’s Initiative are the other beneficiaries of Amanda’s efforts.

You can follow Amanda’s journey on her blog, Bike NC and you can support her cause online.

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Resource Library

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 | Author: Eric

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2011 General Assembly Leadership

Friday, December 17th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

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 Honorable Marilyn Avila (Wake)

Speaker Pro-Tem: The Honorable Dale R. Folwell (Forsyth)

 

Senate:

President Pro Tem: The Honorable Phil Berger (Guilford and Rockingham)

Majority Leader: The Honorable Harry Brown (Jones and Onslow)

Majority Whip: The Honorable Jerry Tillman: (Montgomery and Randolph)

Appropriations Co-chair: The Honorable Peter S. Brunstetter (Forsyth)

Appropriations Co-chair: The Honorable Neal Hunt (Wake)

Appropriations Co-chair: The Honorable Richard Stevens (Wake)

Rules Chair: The Honorable Tom Apodaca (Buncombe, Henderson, and Polk)

Caucus Liaison: The Honorable Jean Preston (Carteret, Craven and Pamlico)

Freshman Senate Leader: The Honorable Bill Rabon (Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender)

Deputy President Pro Tem: The Honorable James Forrester (Lincoln, Gaston, and Iredell)

Caucus Secretary: The Honorable Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr. (Cabarrus and Iredell)

Minority Whip: The Honorable John Stein (Wake)

Minority Leader: The Honorable Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. (Buncombe)

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