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Early Childhood Development|March 26, 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.

Early Childhood Development|March 26, 2021

EC PRISM Launches 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 3, 2021

LENA releases new report highlighting the critical importance of conversational turns between young children and their caregivers

'Inside Early Talk' features early talk data from the 10,000 children that are impacted annually by LENA's programs. Based on that data, the report draws out key findings and offers concrete guidance to both parents and child care workers, and underscores how supporting caregiver focus on early talk helps ensure the success and well-being of all children.

Valhalla Update|March 1, 2021

Valhalla Foundation launches search for a Senior Director

Valhalla Foundation is hiring for a new role, a Senior Director who will focus on early childhood development, K12 math and data science education, and medical research and talent. Please see our Careers page for more information.

Environmental Innovation|January 24, 2021

Environmentalists, industries are trying to find a methane solution

Methane emissions caused by human-related activities, especially from livestock, and oil and gas industries, are responsible for 25% of global warming, according to the United Nations. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the growing call by environmentalists and the oil and gas industry to measure and curb methane emissions.

Environmental Innovation|January 5, 2021

China’s national carbon emissions trading system open for business

Just before the new year, China finalized the regulations for the operation of its national carbon emissions trading system (ETS). With that key step, the ETS is now open for business. The largest carbon market in the world will initially cover 40% of China's carbon emissions -- giving the government a strong tool to control emissions that harm the climate and take a severe toll on human health.

K12 Education|December 23, 2020

KIPP shares three key lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic

KIPP shares three lessons it has learned during the pandemic about deeper family engagement, more strategic use of technology, and opportunities beyond school.

Environmental Innovation|December 15, 2020

Air pollution a cause in girl’s death, coroner rules in landmark case

A landmark ruling put a human face on this public health crisis by specifically recording—for the first time ever—air pollution as a medical cause of death in the case of 9 year old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah.

Medical Research & Talent|November 20, 2020

New Whitehead Fellow seeks to harness the immune system to fight pancreatic cancer

At Whitehead Institute, Tobi Oni will focus on uncovering mechanisms for the poor anti-tumor immune response to pancreatic cancer, and work to develop novel ways of promoting tumor clearance by immune cells. And—following in his mother’s footsteps—he will pursue opportunities to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientists from diverse backgrounds.

Early Childhood Development|October 29, 2020

Waterford Upstart receives $2 million in CARES Act funding to expand in Mississippi

Waterford.org’s program will serve 2,500 preschool-aged children from Nov. 1 of this year to Feb. 5, 2021. The program will provide a laptop or internet access to any family that needs it, and children will receive an adjusted version of Waterford’s flagship at-home kindergarten readiness program, Waterford Upstart.