It's official – The PDI has launched our first in a series of Policy Briefs on "Building a Pipeline of Successful Early Childhood Teachers." Please read the following message from our Executive Director, Sherry M. Cleary. We would love your feedback!
"Children need to spend their most critical years with dedicated, educated, trained, and well-compensated teachers in order to thrive in today’s society. Access to excellence in the early years helps to eliminate the achievement gap in school. Research has provided well-established data that shows that the long-term benefits of high quality early childhood education mitigate high school drop-out rates, crime, and low-wage work – positioning society as the prime benefactor.
The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (PDI) is committed to the recruitment of a talented workforce, competency-based teacher education programs and training opportunities, innovative models of technical assistance and support, effective public policy, and adequate funding as integral components of a system that will shape the future of early childhood education. We support the development of innovative approaches to recruit, educate, and support a new cadre of teachers prepared to provide ALL children with access to high quality early childhood education.
The enclosed policy brief is the first in a series that illuminates the challenges, and charts a course to build the next generation of early childhood educators required to meet the needs of our youngest students. The recommendations of this policy brief and those that follow outline the focus of the PDI’s work plan to build a pipeline of successful early childhood teachers."
Faculty colloquium is a time honored tradition and one that we are pleased to convene within the Early Childhood community throughout the City University of New York. As faculty, we are always working towards elevating the science, learning from each other and building our own ability to develop the best teachers of young children the City could ask for.
Have you read the September Issue of News & Resources from the Office of Early Learning? Here is a quick recap of what you are missing:
The Obama Administration released the final application for the second Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) competition which will provide approximately $280 million in state-level competitive grants to improve the quality of early learning and development programs. Applications are due October 16th.
Voices from the Field: Hear on the importance of high-quality early learning from John Pepper, Former CEO of Procter and Gamble
In this dynamic article, Heckman reinforces the value of a high quality early education programs and spouts data from both the Perry Preschool Project and the Carolina Abecedarian Project to enhance his arguments of the validity and efficacy of investing in effective early childhood development as a means of economic and social equalizers. Put simply, it pays to invest in effective early childhood programs.
Heckman poses that the hindrance in acting on these initiatives stems from “unfounded doubt” and “fear of doing things differently.” Heckman challenges the American public policy and states that “it is much more effective and cost efficient to create instead of remediate.”
In conclusion, Heckman acknowledges the current shift in American policy with the announcement of President Obama’s early childhood initiative and urges policy makers to “remain true to the evidence of what works—not to the politics of what is convenient.”
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Starting October 1st, families can access the open enrollment in the Marketplace and begin receiving coverage as soon as January 1st, 2014. The U.S. Department of Health and Hygiene and Administration for Children and Families have created an Early Learning webpage- a guide and list of resources to help answer questions about the upcoming launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace for The Affordable Care Act.
Some suggested ways you can assist are:
Spread the Word
Help Head Start Families Apply for Health Coverage
We have all seen the commercials and the advertisements that tell us “by buying this product, your baby will [insert marketing claims]” However, do these applications really work?
According to Susan Linn, the director for the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, these companies are “marketing products as educational, where in fact there is no evidence that they are.” You might recognize the name. This is the same organization that filed a complaint against “Baby Einstein.” As a result, Walt Disney Company, which owns “Baby Einstein,” offered refunds to consumers.
“As app developers market similar baby learning products in a mobile medium, there is a potential to increase the amount of time that infants spend in front of screens which can affect their brain development—and is ‘why we take this industry on,”’ said Ms. Linn.
The First Five Years Fund just released the results of a national survey which revealed an overwhelming support for early childhood education. Here are the some of the highlights from this study:
86% of voters stated that “ensuring children get a strong start” is an important national priority, second to “increasing jobs and economic growth.”
70% of voters stated “that we should be doing more to ensure that children begin kindergarten with proper knowledge and skills to succeed.”
Seven-in-ten American voters support a federal plan to help states and local communities provide better early childhood education. Support for this proposal increases as voters understand that it does not add to the deficit.
There is a wide-range of support for this proposal across diverse political and demographic groups.
63% prefer congress to “take action now” rather than “wait until later to consider this proposal.”
Source: The First Five Year Fund (ffyf.org)
This study shows that early childhood education is important as well as taking “action now.” How do we this? We can start by spreading the news- tell your colleagues, friends, students, political representatives. This study and this cause is too important to not be heard.
"The forum focuses on the importance of linking health professionals with professionals in early childhood programs serving children birth to three years to build better outcomes for our youngest children. Panels feature community health professionals, early childhood program directors, nurses and early intervention specialists. Registration is limited, we encourage everyone to register early."
Watch this compelling documentary about the importance and value of Early Childhood Education. Economists conduct a cost-benefit analysis on the value of high quality early care and preschool for all. The research says that we are spending TOO LITTLE where it matters the most- young children. Watch it here and join the conversation:
1) What was your reaction? What advice/suggestion(s) would you give to the filmmakers?
2) Who is the audience for this documentary? How do we make sure the right people are watching this important documentary?
Have you heard the news? In the last week, Early Childhood has made a big splash in the news with the vocal support of Hillary Clinton in “Too Small to Fail” and the Pritzker Family Foundation $20 million investment in the first phase of a public-private partnership entitled “Early Childhood Innovation Accelerator” project.