In this blog post, Alli Lowe-Fotos, policy manager, shares several solutions for challenges facing the Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health system. Infant and early childhood mental health (I/ECMH) has long been part of Illinois’ infrastructure and continues to play an integral role in our early childhood systems. In fact, in 2003, the state passed the Children’s Mental […]
With the recent massive influx of federal spending on early learning and care, we face a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create an early learning and care system that prioritizes families and supports them when they need it most: during a child’s critical first five years. Read more.
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By Allison Parish After my nearly 20 years in the home visiting field, many success stories stand out for me. One story centers on a depressed father who discovered joy in parenting. The home visitor noticed that the father rarely made eye contact and seemed completely disengaged. The mother shared that he also rarely interacted with […]
Join Illinois Action for Children for a three-day virtual event of learning, convening, and courageous conversations June 8-10, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, and The Center: Early Childhood Professional Learning. The theme of this year’s conference is Equity from the Start: […]
Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramirez measured brain waves from 11-month-olds. She found that bilingual babies showed responses to both languages and had stronger brain responses in areas responsible for executive function. She noted that experiencing a second language during infancy and early childhood can help children develop native-like fluency. Interested? Read or watch more in English […]
Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) is pleased to announce the merger of Start Early and the Early Learning Lab (ELL), a nonprofit with expertise in human-centered design, systems thinking and technology solutions. As part of the merger, ELL will join Start Early as a new division operating under chief learning officer Rebecca Berlin. The merger will […]
In the last three decades, scientific research has demonstrated how deeply adversity in childhood becomes embedded into biology, behavior, and risk, and how these can be passed on to future generations. This body of science — Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), and Resilience research, or NEAR — is one of the largest public health discoveries of our time. […]
This resource, which was developed for families, offers practical ideas for encouraging literacy. The examples are logical, practical, and evidence-based. Learn more at https://familyconnect.org/browse-by-age/infants-and-toddlers/education-iandt/helping-your-blind-baby-learn-about-reading-and-writing/ Leer esta página en Español