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Early Childhood Development|November 17, 2021

Don’t Let Universal Pre-K Substitute for Universal Kindergarten Readiness

Andy Myers of Waterford.org argues that a more equitable, direct and holistic way of framing the issue of universal Pre-K is determining how we can achieve universal kindergarten readiness: "We should leverage the complete set of in-person and digital resources -- developed by educators and nonprofits both before and during the pandemic -- to ensure that all children have the core skills in academics, social-emotional development and school routines to be kindergarten-ready."

Early Childhood Development|November 1, 2021

As Washington Wrangles Over Spending, How Can Philanthropy Make the Case for Family Child Care?

Valhalla grantee All Our Kin has played a leadership role in building and professionalizing the child care sector for two decades. If the Biden administration's proposal to overhaul the child care system in the U.S. passes, there will be an historic opportunity to improve child care quality and supply.

Early Childhood Development|October 7, 2021

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy (PN-3) Impact Center releases their 2021 State Policy Roadmap and Family Resource Comparison

PN-3 has released its second annual State Policy Roadmap that tracks progress state-by-state on the implementation of evidence-based policies and strategies to improve outcomes for young children. This year, PN-3 also analyzed the ways these policies interact with each other to impact the total resources available to families in each state, showing wide variation across the U.S.

Early Childhood Development|October 7, 2021

Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Maternal and Child Health Through Home Visiting Programs

Systemic racism within health care and other social institutions has led to significant racial and ethnic disparities in access to health care, poor health outcomes, and high mortality rates for women and children of color. Fortunately, evidence-based home visiting programs like Nurse-Family Partnership are helping to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.

Early Childhood Development|September 21, 2021

Can’t Compete: Why Hiring for Child Care is a Huge Struggle

The shortage of private childcare, which has worsened during the pandemic, is a major problem for parents of young children, and staffing challenges are the primary driver. The Biden administration is trying to address this issue.

Early Childhood Development|April 7, 2021

Family Connects, Smart Start expand support for NC children, families

Family Connects International (FCI) recently announced that it will provide its nurse home visiting program for families with newborns to nearly 10,000 North Carolina families in rural communities, in partnership with the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC)

Early Childhood Development|April 7, 2021

Baby’s First Years study seeks to understand how poverty affects young brains

In the ambitious Baby’s First Years study, neuroscientists aim to determine whether reducing poverty through unconditional cash transfers promotes healthy brain development in young children.

Early Childhood Development|March 26, 2021

EC PRISM launches the IMPACT Measures Tool, a free repository of early childhood and parenting measures

The University of Oregon’s EC PRISM team has officially launched The IMPACT Measures Tool, a free repository of early childhood and parenting measures that simplifies the process of finding, comparing, and accessing measurement tools. All measures on IMPACT are scored on their usability, cost, cultural relevance, and technical merit. The IMPACT Measures Tool was developed to address the need for an easy way to access a variety of early childhood measures, to understand the key features of each measure, and to make informed decisions when selecting measures.

Early Childhood Development|March 25, 2021

Waterford Upstart ensures that every child arrives in kindergarten ready to learn and thrive

Rick Hess talks to Latasha Hadley of Waterford.org about the benefits that Waterford Upstart has provided to over 90,000 children.

Early Childhood Development|March 15, 2021

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center releases an early childhood reference guide to the American Rescue Plan

To help the early childhood field navigate the American Rescue Plan and implications for states, the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center has compiled a reference guide to the provisions in the Act that impact infants, toddlers, and their families.