Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Release: Children In Low-Income Families Exhibit Poorer Cognitive Development As Early As Age One
By age one, infants in low-socioeconomic families have already been exposed to greater environmental disadvantages that contribute to poorer cognitive and language development, according to a new study from PolicyLab and the Division of Neonatology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, this study shows that poverty can impact a child's development as early as age one.
Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day!
Research has found that providing children from birth to five with consistent, language-rich experiences—such as talking, reading, and singing—can have important benefits on their brain development and future school success. However, many families lack access to the types of resources that can help them make the most of these language building experiences. This creates a gap in the quantity and quality of words that children learn, which directly impacts their opportunities to succeed in school and later in life. These tip sheets, available in English and Spanish, have been designed specifically for families, caregivers, and early educators. They can help enrich a child’s early language experiences by providing research-based tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children every day beginning from birth. Sample topics include It’s Never Too Early to Help Your Child Learn – Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day, Tips for Using Language at Home and in the Community, and The Benefits of Being Bilingual.
American business depends on a strong workforce, now and in the future, to compete and succeed globally. But America is facing an unprecedented workforce crisis: a large and growing shortage of skilled workers. From the banks on Wall Street to the shops on Main Street, the world of work is changing — and our strategies for developing tomorrow’s workforce must change with it.
Thanks to the dedicated work of our own Kathy Hunt from Oral Health Kansas and many others, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has taken its first in-depth look at the oral health status of a representative sample of Head Start children throughout the state. Read the Head Start Smiles for Life here. .http://www.kdheks.gov/o…/download/HeadStartSmilesForLife.pdf
It is time to submit your content for the Summer issue of the R7HSA Head Start Sand Box magazine. Each quarter we assemble a collection of inspiring and informational stories intended to spread the word about the amazing work you do every day, for the children and families you serve. http://www.r7hsa.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Call-for-Submissions-R7-Sand-Box.pdf
From NHSA's Yasmini Vinci:
I am asking you to be a part of a great event in Head Start’s history. Will you help us bring 1,000 parents to Capitol Hill to represent the Head Start advantage before every Member of Congress? Through their participation we will demonstrate the real impact the program has in every Congressional district and every zip code. Many of your colleagues in individual programs and state associations have already made stunning pledges to bring hundreds of parents toward that goal to Washington DC for a Families Unite for Head Start Rally and Hill Day on September 27th! Every parent voice will count, whether you bring one or two or a dozen.