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Image: Courtesy of the Raising of America project

A new documentary is being released this fall: “The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation.” The project, which also includes a multimedia series, “will reframe the way we look at early child health and development,” according to the temporary website.

The project “explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous, and more equitable America.”

In a preview of the documentary, Judith Lichtman, senior advisor for the National Partnership for Women and Families, outlines the national challenge of supporting family. “We talk a good game in this country about being family friendly. But in providing for the economic and social needs of families we are woefully behind other countries.” (more…)

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Photo: Caroline Silber for Strategies for Children

Here at Strategies for Children (SFC) we’re proud to release our annual Highlights report, a summary of our accomplishments over the last year.

“Strategies for Children is evolving to fill a new role in the birth–third grade continuum,” Chris Martes, SFC’s president and CEO, explains in the report. “Building upon our expertise in advocacy, awareness-raising, and coalition building, SFC is bridging the worlds of policy and practice, and helping to ensure public and private resources are allocated effectively to impact outcomes for children.” (more…)

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“It may sound strange to put the word ‘technology’ in the same sentence as home-visiting programs for mothers, infants, and toddlers, but over the past few years, many of these programs have started using multimedia and digital tools to engage parents. Their success could open up new ways of thinking about technology to promote the early cognitive and social skills in children that lead to reading proficiency and a host of other positive results.”

Lisa Guernsey, director of the Learning Technologies Project and director of the Early Education Initiative in New America’s Education Policy Program, in her article, “What New Technologies Could Mean for Home Visiting and Early Literacy,” EdCentral, August 5, 2014

 

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Photo: Kate Samp for Strategies for Children

Photo: Kate Samp for Strategies for Children

“There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when he or she will begin kindergarten. During that time brain architecture is forming, creating either a strong or weak foundation for all future learning,” according to the new First 2,000 Days website, an update and expansion of the website which was first launched in 2012.

The new website is designed to raise public awareness about how early childhood experiences have a “lasting impact on later learning, health and success.”

The website features information — facts, videos, and links to research — on young children’s brain development, lifelong health, and their acquisition of soft skills.

The site also showcases the state’s diverse support for early childhood investments, including North Carolina’s business and faith community leaders, and members of its law enforcement agencies.

Launched by the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF), whose mission is to “build a foundation of opportunity and success for every child by the end of third grade,” the website mixes web-based activities and with a call for people to take real-life action. (more…)

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Photo: Kate Samp for Strategies for Children

Photo: Kate Samp for Strategies for Children

We’re happy to welcome a new early education blog to town: The Birth Through Third Grade Learning Hub.

Learning Hub blogger David Jacobson travels around Massachusetts visiting the homes, centers, and classrooms where young children learn.

The impetus for the blog? For several years, it has been clear to Jacobson that communities were implementing new programs and practices without knowing what their neighbors were doing. The blog is a way to share these experiences among cities and towns.

Specifically, the blog “tracks, profiles, and analyzes Birth-Third initiatives with the aim of promoting learning, exchange, and knowledge-building across communities.”

Jacobson works at Cambridge Education, an educational consulting company, in two roles, as Professional Excellence Director and Early Years Lead.

His blog entries offer compelling, first-hand accounts, including this one from “The Boston K1DS Project: Implementing a New Curriculum in Community-Based Preschools” (more…)

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GOV Forum logoCouldn’t make it to our gubernatorial candidates forum? Catch up with our Storify version of the event. It’s a collection of tweets that sketches the forum’s social media story. This Storify includes photos and one original work of art.

Be sure to follow Strategies for Children on Twitter @EarlyEd4All. And remember to keep tweeting the candidates during election season. Let them know that early education and care should be one of their top priorities.

The candidates’ Twitter handles:

Joe Avellone                  @AvelloneForGov

Charlie Baker                @CharlieforGov

Don Berwick                 @berwickforMA

Martha Coakley             @marthacoakley

Evan Falchuk                @efalchuk

Mark Fisher                   @markfisher2014

Steve Grossman            @SteveGrossmanMA

Juliette Kayyem            @juliettekayyem

Jeff McCormick              @JMacForGov

 

Other useful handles and hashtags:

#MAGov

#MApoli

@MAgov14

#ece

#earlyed

 

 

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Photo: Kate Samp for Strategies for Children

Photo: Kate Samp for Strategies for Children

Need help engaging an infant, toddler or preschool-aged child? Check out “Resources for Early Learning,” a website produced by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and the WGBH Educational Foundation, with support from federal Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge funds. 

“This site provides exciting, engaging media-rich learning opportunities for educators, parents, and caregivers of children. From detailed lesson plans to simple, everyday activities, you will find everything you need to help your children succeed,” the website explains.

The goal is to empower adults — parents and early education and care providers — by giving them the “skills, training, knowledge, and understanding needed to help young children grow and learn.” The website was developed by a team of experts, educators, and parents.

 The site has three main sections:

In the section for educators, there is a nine-unit curriculum for children ages 3 to 5 that uses a media-based approach to cover STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as English Language Arts. The curriculum includes activities and recommended books to read out loud. This approach is designed to help children develop academic and social and emotional skills. Educators will also find a search feature that finds activities. And there’s a link to a range of best practices in professional development.

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