February 2020

Call for Proposals Philadelphia Trauma Conference (March 6th)

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 4th Annual Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference Purposeful Action to Strengthen Families, Communities and Systems JULY 28-30, 2020 JEFFERSON'S EAST FALLS CAMPUS PHILADELPHIA, PA 19144 We are looking for: 90 minute presentations 3-hour intensive workshops, AND poster presentations Visit http://bit.ly/PTTCProposals to submit a proposal. DEADLINE: MARCH 6, 2020

Parenting Apps Aren't Just About the Kids Anymore [hechingerreport.org]

By Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report, February 20, 2020 When Kayla Ramsey learned about Goal Mama, a new app from the Nurse-Family Partnership, a home visiting program, she jumped at the chance to try it out. Ramsey, who lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and has participated in the Nurse-Family Partnership since she became pregnant more than two years ago, quickly found this app was different from other parenting apps. Instead of solely highlighting developmental information relevant to her...

We Must Address the Surge in Adverse Childhood Experiences [medium.com]

From the National Head Start Association, February 19, 2020 Day in and day out, in nearly every U.S. community, the nation’s 1,600 Head Start programs tirelessly serve children from at-risk backgrounds ages birth to five and their families with a comprehensive model specifically designed to strengthen families, promote school readiness, and improve child health. Head Start programs are heralded for their outcomes by researchers, praised by families, and widely-supported in their communities.

Childcare Outside the Family for the Under-Threes: Cause for Concern [journals.sagepub.com]

By Denis P. Gray, Diana Dean, and Philip M. Dean, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, February 13, 2020 Child-rearing is culturally determined, varying between countries. For thousands of years in most cultures, it has been kinship groups and parents, especially mothers, who have been central. Parenting changed in the mid-20th century, partly through better educational opportunities for women, partly through reliable birth control and partly through cultural agreement on female...

'Children Live a Lifetime Before They Come to School' | Teachers Working to Ease Childhood Trauma [wbir.com]

By Gabrielle Hays, WBIR 10 News, February 10, 2020 Melissa Bucks spent 36 years of her life teaching kindergarteners and first graders in Knox County. She just retired in May but is still involved in the classroom and in the community. After almost four decades in education, she can recall how trauma in the classroom changed over time and how it impacts some of our youngest children who are trying to learn. “It was always different but there was always one child, two children or three...

Child Care Crisis Disproportionately Affects Children with Disabilities

A new report from the Center for American Progress found that parents of young children with disabilities are more likely to face job disruptions due to child care challenges. The report explores how the lack of affordable, high-quality child care options disproportionately affects these families and policy solutions for addressing these barriers. https://www.americanprogress. org/issues/early-childhood/ reports/2020/01/29/479802/ child-care-crisis- disproportionately-affects- ...

WEBINAR: Building Family Economic Mobility on 2/13

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 Time: 12-1pm PT Please join us for a webinar on Thursday, February 13th, to learn about the Building Family Economic Mobility Toolkit from the National Center for Parent, Family, and Community Engagement. Designed for Head Start and Early Head Start teachers to help them better serve families facing economic challenges, the Toolkit can be used in a variety of settings to build professionals’ knowledge and ability to help families build financial stability...

Integrating Healthcare and Early Childhood Systems Requires Capacity and Expertise [chapinhall.org]

By Angeline Spain, Angela Sander, and Amanda Brownd, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, 2020 Pediatric well-child visits represent a critical, often untapped opportunity to ask families about unmet social care needs and connect them with early childhood and other community services. Innovating in this space to address social determinants of health, early childhood organizations are increasingly building healthcare partnerships with the goal of increasing family access to services and...

BABY ACES: When we consider the traumas that qualify as ACEs, babies need their own list.

Babies are obviously very different from older children developmentally, including their ability to understand and process trauma. Indeed, a baby may be completely unaware of an actual ACE— say, the incarceration of their father— which a middle schooler would be painfully aware of. Yet at the same time, the baby could be much-more-acutely impacted by the secondary effect of this same ACE: a sad, stressed, and distracted mother. Similarly, if a parent dies in a car accident when a child is in...

WEBINAR: Getting Started with Mindfulness in the Early Childhood Workplace Part II

Part II: Promising Applications of Mindfulness in Early Childhood Settings on February 12th. 11-12 PT, Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Mindfulness can help your early childhood organization support the well-being and resilience of staff and promote the delivery of quality service for children and families. Join us for part II of our three-part webinar series, where we will explore different strategies for applying mindfulness across early childhood disciplines. Presenters will share how they...

Sesame Street and the IRC are Helping Refugee Children Overcome Trauma [rescue.org]

By The International Rescue Committee, February 2, 2020 Since fighting broke out in Syria in 2011, more than 5 million children have had to flee their homes; 2.8 million children remain out of school. Many have been exposed to extreme violence and experienced unspeakable trauma that will have lasting impact on their health and future. The International Rescue Committee and Sesame Workshop are working together to give millions of refugee and displaced children in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and...

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