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Amid pandemic, infants especially need quality child care, reformers say [edsource.org]

By Karen D'Souza, EdSource, April 6, 2021 Children are born ready to learn. In the first year of life, the brain doubles, with about 90% of brain growth happening before kindergarten. However, only 1 in 3 eligible children under 5 years old take part in California’s publicly funded early learning and care programs. To make matters worse this year, 3 out of 4 California parents with children under 5 are worried their education and development will suffer because of the pandemic, according to...

Free Interactive Workshop - Dismantling White Supremacy in the Online and In-Person Classrooms

Registration is available for the April workshop, Dismantling White Supremacy in the Classroom - Virtual and In-Person. Register at http://bit.ly/riseapril For full transparency: the workshop will be led by myself, a white person, and will reference content from Black and Brown sources. I will compensate sources for their labor to the greatest extent that I can. The workshop is scheduled for 1.5 hours with a five minute break included and will be recorded. A copy of the recording and slides...

Unlearning the Triune (3-part) Model of the Brain - It's a Myth?!

Originally posted on Rise to Resilience. "Change is the end result of all true learning." - Leo Buscaglia I first learned of the triune, or three-part, model of the brain when researching Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience which became the original Rise to Resilience presentation. Since then, I encountered the triune brain model regularly: Conscious Discipline uses it as a foundational concept. Dr. Dan Siegel's Hand Model of the Brain and the "flipping your lid" analogy. And in...

"I'll be here again next week." - Because if one person stays, that will be enough.

When a child welcomes you into their life, honor that. Hold that in the highest regard because on that day you have not only become a friend, but a glimmer of hope. You represent a world where people don’t make empty promises, tell lies, or disappear without a warning. In the eyes of a child who is more familiar with grief than joy, you very well could be the key to the elusive stability they have always heard about, but never known.

Wheel of Power and Control - Schools

This was originally posted on my Rise to Resilience blog on March 17th. You can view that post on my blog here , as well as see the newest post that answered "what is the opposite of power and control?" (The answer: personal responsibility and empowerment.) Survival sometimes means not responding to oppressive behavior directly. To do so could result in physical harm to oneself, even death." - Beverly Daniel Tatum Some folks close to me are aware of what I have been experiencing at work over...

'Living Paycheck to Paycheck, Living Diaper to Diaper' [nytimes.com]

By Jessica Grose, The New York Times, March 17, 2021 If your child is not potty trained, how many diapers do you have on hand right now? That’s a question I certainly wouldn’t have been able to answer with any specificity when my children were babies. But it’s a question that parents who struggle to afford the expense — about $70-$80 per month, per baby — can answer easily, because managing diaper need is among their most significant anxieties. That’s what a new study from Jennifer Randles,...

Shonkoff: Re-Envisioning, Not Just Just Rebuilding: Looking Ahead to a Post-COVID-19 World

It’s truly been a year like no other since we issued a statement in March 2020 about the COVID-19 pandemic that was rapidly sweeping around the world. Our primary aim for that statement was to honor first responders, health care workers, and front-line service providers—especially those supporting young children and their families. A year later, that tribute needs to be redoubled and tripled. The enormous efforts that have been made on behalf of others are awe-inspiring. We also made two...

Head Start Study Highlights Important Role of Trauma-Informed Attitudes 

Head Start and Early Head Start continue to lead the way in promoting school readiness and family engagement for vulnerable young children. It’s no surprise, then, that Head Start is increasingly focused on implementing trauma-informed care (TIC). A recent study adds timely relevance to the advancement of trauma-informed care in Head Start preschool settings. The study, published in School Mental Health , “examines the relationship between trauma-informed training content, trauma-informed...

Early Childhood Education Training Approved as Evidenced Based Professional Development by Tennessee Department of Human Services

In the summer of 2020, the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) at Austin Peay University, reached out asking me to provide several professional development opportunities for early childhood educators statewide after being awarded grant funding. TECTA leadership requested that I deliver a training I had used in July of 2020 when training the childcare leadership of the state of Mississippi. The training entitled, Using a Trauma Informed Approach in Early Childhood Education ,...

What the federal stimulus bill means to California's child care sector [edsource.org]

By Karen D'Souza, EdSource, March 11, 2021 President Joe Biden’s child care relief bill, part of the sweeping $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that the president signed into law Thursday, may not end the growing child care crisis, but it will throw a much-needed lifeline to a field on the brink of collapse, early childhood advocates say. “Our early educator community has been desperately underfunded for decades. Even before the pandemic, most child care providers — particularly those in...

Federal Policies Can Address the Impact of Structural Racism on Black Families' Access to Early Care and Education [childtrends.org]

By Chrishana M. Lloyd, Julianna Carlson, and Marta Alvira-Hammond, Child Trends, March 5, 2021 As we wrote in the first brief of this series, Black Americans’ social standing in the United States has been shaped by a long history of racism in laws, policies, and practices that has built racist institutions and created and exacerbated inequality. This inequality is built into the infrastructure of our country and has formed the foundation for structural racism—a system that privileges White...

Applications Being Accepted Nationally for the Training of Trainer Institute for Authorization (ToT-IA)

Are you an early childhood provider and you would like to become authorized to train in your community on Trauma Informed Practices and Trauma-Responsive and Resilience Building Strategies? We are now opening for the first time nationally (US and surrounding regions) to apply for our Training of Training Institute for Authorization (ToT-IA). All activities through the Center for Optimal Brain Integration® will be provided virtually. To apply you must have been working in the early childhood...

Free Interactive Workshop - Advocating for Trauma-Informed Care: Teachers and Caregivers

Just TWO WEEKS away! The March free, interactive workshop will help teachers and caregivers explore strategies to advocate for trauma-informed care practices at their school. Join me on March 17th at 4pm PT/7pm ET for this workshop! Based on past participant feedback, the workshop is scheduled for 1.5 hours. A certificate of completion for the workshop is available upon request. The workshop will be recorded and sent out to all registrants. Register at http://bit.ly/risemar21 . You can find...

Where are Sonoma County's child care deserts? [pressdemocrat.com]

By Elissa Chudwin, The Press Democrat, March 2, 2021 Several regions of Sonoma County, including the majority of Santa Rosa, do not have enough access to child care, according to an interactive map published by the Center for American Progress. The interactive map highlights places across the United States with child care deserts ― areas where demand exceeds the space available in state-licensed child care programs. In Sonoma County, parts of Santa Rosa, Sonoma Valley and west county have...

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