Grassroots TV show - City Matters, featuring Childcare Financial Aid for Families
Childcare is expensive, watch this show to find out more about possible help paying for childcare -
New Report: A Commitment to Pre-K Is A Commitment to National Security
The retired admirals and generals of Mission: Readiness released a new report showing that the Administration’s state-federal early education proposal could lead to two million more high school graduates nationwide and $150 billion in net economic benefits to society over 10 years. Recognizing that 75 percent of all young Americans are unable to join the military, in large part because they do not have a high school diploma or cannot score highly enough on the military’s entrance exam to be allowed to serve, the retired military leaders called the early learning proposal a national security imperative. Follow this link to learn more and watch the video -
Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes
This 5-minute video depicts a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children's lifelong learning, health, and behavior.
Click here to watch our newest "Moms TV" video with Dr Bill MItchell, Charla Belinski, Dawn Ryan and Shirley Ritter talking about Screen Time for children -
Building Relationships with Young Children
"To say building relationships with young children is important seems so obvious as to be hardly worth mentioning — and that is the problem. It is so obvious that we don’t give it much thought; don’t go into what it really takes to build relationships, and so, don’t often try to fully understand what it takes to build relationships with children."
This is the caution offered by George Scarlett in his article, "Building Relationships with Young Children," which is one of ten classic Exchange articles in the new Exchange Essential: Friendships. Click
to go to the ChildCareExchange website to buy the book.
Here are two excerpts:
"...Adults need to understand that attachments are fostered by a variety of small acts other than by making physical contact. That is, in early childhood, attachment is not simply or mainly about physical contact and being held. It i s about someone noticing what a child is doing and understanding a child’s goals ('I see you making a green curvy line!'). It is about providing help when help is desired and needed ('You want help tying your shoes? Okay, but let’s do it together.'). It is about being an ally when trouble arises ('You say Billy took your marker. Let’s go have a chat with Billy.'). Fostering and maintaining positive attachments with young children means, then, doing a variety of little things we may normally do but without thinking of them as fostering attachments....
"With respect to communicating better, today’s diverse classrooms require teachers to become much more adept at communicating differently depending on the child. Some children take a friendly and reasonable way of communicating as a license to misbehave. Others take any hint at sternness as an indication that an adult is mean. Today’s teachers need, then, to figure out what their ways of communicating mean to each and every child — and adjust their ways to meet the needs and meanings of each child. When it comes to communicating and relationship building, one size definitely does not fit all."
Emergency Preparedness Resources
Parents and early childhood programs have spend a great deal of time learning more about safety, emergencies, and security in our schools since the horrible shooting in Newtown Connecticut. Some of the best resources can be found at:
, a website put up by Ellen and John-Michael Keyes, parents of Emily who was shot and killed at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey CO. Talk to your childcare program about what they are doing, and check out the website for some great tools to make school safer.
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Resources for families to learn more about supporting your child's social and emotional development. Here are two national websites that have a wealth of information and material ready for you to use:
Talaris - Parenting Counts
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
We did a Kids First Grassroots TV show on social - emotional development, watch it by clicking here -
- it's large and may a few moments to open. Please contact Kids First for more information or to check on local parent workshops:
Click here to watch a video about the importance of investing in the early years -