Our Take: Racism is an Adverse Childhood Experience

Courtney Thornton, Senior Coordinator “Despite clear evidence acknowledging racism as a major life stressor for Black youth, theoretical models of early childhood adversity have largely neglected the multifaceted influence of racism on mental health outcomes.”    Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) lead to increased health risks, mental health concerns, and other issues. In the United States,…

Families Priced Out of “Learning Pods” Seek Alternatives

The New York Times | Abby Goodnough “Hiring a tutor is expensive, even if it’s divvied up between a couple of families…Upper middle-class families can afford that, but most inner-city, lower-income families can’t afford an extra $200 to $300 a week. You’re talking anywhere between $800 and $1,200 a month — that’s some people’s rent.”…

A New Measure Will Give Policymakers Better Data About Children’s Development, Well-Being, and Learning

Child Trends | Deborah Stein & Elizabeth Jordan “The measure will represent the first time the field will have comprehensive information, gathered consistently over time and across states, on whether preschool children are prepared to enter kindergarten healthy and ready to learn at the state level.” The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau…

Our Take: It’s Time to Address Inequities Facing Mothers and Babies of Color

Vani Tangella, Senior Project Manager “When it comes to how mothers and their infants fare in pregnancy and delivery, race—or, more precisely, racism—matters.”  —from Maternal and Child Health Inequities Emerge Even Before Birth   The health and well-being of mother and baby are so tightly connected and inequities impact both. A new report from Zero to…

Health Care Access for Infants and Toddlers in Rural Areas

Child Trends | Jessie Laurore, Gayane Baziyants, & Sarah Daily “While some rural communities offer certain protective factors that support positive health and development, many children in rural areas are more likely to face a unique combination of challenges that impact their health and development.” Using the data from Zero to Three’s State of Babies Yearbook:…

Report: Deck Stacked Against Young Children of Color, but Leaders Can ‘Seize This Moment’ to Improve Equity

The 74 | Linda Jacobson “Child advocates have a larger and more daunting task ahead in a post-COVID-19 world… Intentionally focusing on policies, practices, and investments that support more equitable systems for our youngest learners is a starting point.” A new report from the Children’s Equity Project at Arizona State University and the Bipartisan Policy…

EdWeek Series: How We Go Back to School

Education Week “There are no playbooks for how to do this. Following public health protocols will cost a lot of money, even as school budgets are pummeled by the economic collapse. Managing the anxieties of teachers, students, and parents will require patience, compassion, and careful communication.” In addition to a nation-wide scan of reopening plans…