Smart Start in Action

Monday, April 25th, 2011 | Author: Smart Start

 

Lucy Daniels Center and Smart Start from Together NC on Vimeo.

North Carolinians understand that the future of our state depends on ensuring that our young children birth to five have the early intervention and quality education to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

That’s why our General Assembly created Smart Start, our nationally-recognized infrastructure for early childhood education.

Through 77 local partnerships that serve all 100 counties, Smart Start serves hundreds of thousands of children every year. Smart Start’s success has been verified repeatedly in more than 37 independent studies, including a recent Duke University study that showed that Smart Start increases third grade test scores and reduces the need for special education.

Investments in quality early child education pay off and Nobel-prize winning economist James Heckman has found that such investments yield higher returns than those in higher education or job training.

If you’re concerned about the fate of Smart Start and other public investments, visit http://www.speaknc.org/2011/04/lucy-daniels-center-and-smart-start/.org to learn more.

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Saluting Our Veterans by Supporting Their Families

Thursday, November 11th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

Kate Sylvester has written an incredibly compelling piece. It begins:

In 1954, the 83rd Congress was successful in changing Armistice Day, a national holiday celebrating the heroism of our World War I veterans, to a day that honors the bravery and sacrifice of all veterans—Veterans Day. Today, we pay tribute to those who fought to preserve our freedoms, we honor the valor of our service members, and we remember those we lost. However, on Veterans Day, we should also remember that our country is still at war, and that the veterans of these wars are facing tremendous new obstacles, and therefore, so are their children.

Read the her story.

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Linking Families with Community Resources

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

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This just in from Natural Resources:

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.

Natural Resources is a weekly, one-way listserv. If you have a Natural Resource suggestion, please email it to Camille Catlett at camille.catlett@unc.edu. You may join this listserv by sending an email with no message to subscribe-natural_resources2@listserv.unc.edu.

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Psychologists Speak Out on the Recession’s Toll on Children

Friday, September 03rd, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

The cover story of the September 2010 issue of Monitor on Psychology (a publication of the American Psychological Association) calls on psychologists to raise awareness of what is happening to children as a result of the recession. Titled, “The Recession’s Toll on Children,” the article quotes psychologist Ruby Takanishi, Ph.D. saying, “Research shows that children who slip into poverty, even for a short time, suffer long-term setbacks even when their families regain their economic footing.”

She concludes by saying, “Investment during the first decade of life is crucial for the country’s well-being, as well as for individual potential,” she says. “In the United States, education is the only possibility for escaping from poverty. Thus, the recession’s impact on declining availability of prekindergarten programs is very damaging for children in poverty.”

Read the article.

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Psychologists Speak Out on the Recession's Toll on Children

Friday, September 03rd, 2010 | Author: Eric

The cover story of the September 2010 issue of Monitor on Psychology (a publication of the American Psychological Association) calls on psychologists to raise awareness of what is happening to children as a result of the recession. Titled, “The Recession’s Toll on Children,” the article quotes psychologist Ruby Takanishi, Ph.D. saying, “Research shows that children who slip into poverty, even for a short time, suffer long-term setbacks even when their families regain their economic footing.”

She concludes by saying, “Investment during the first decade of life is crucial for the country’s well-being, as well as for individual potential,” she says. “In the United States, education is the only possibility for escaping from poverty. Thus, the recession’s impact on declining availability of prekindergarten programs is very damaging for children in poverty.”

Read the article.

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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.

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Social-Emotional/Mental Health Consultation in Child Care

Friday, July 16th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is a national resource center focused on promoting the social-emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. The CSEFEL pyramid is a conceptual framework for early childhood educators to use in their classrooms to emotionally support the children in their care and to prevent and address children’s challenging behaviors. The pyramid is supported by extensive user-friendly training materials to help early childhood educators implement this framework.

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