News Category: early childhood

SAVE THE DATE! National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit: Building a State Policy Roadmap to Strengthen the Earliest Years

April 10, 2020

The inaugural National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit: Building a State Policy Roadmap to Strengthen the Earliest Years will be held on September 14-15, 2020. The Summit is hosted by the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at CFRP and will bring together state legislators, researchers, and early childhood stakeholders from across the country for timely discussion and the launch of the 2020 Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap.

Recorded Webinar | Prenatal-to-3: Translating the Science and Evidence to State Policy

Feb. 25, 2020

The science is clear that prenatal to age 3 is the most sensitive period for a child’s developing brain and body, building the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. Having a strong start and the presence of strong caregiver-child relationships during this time are key to healthy development. What’s not as clear is how to translate that science to policies that strengthen equity and outcomes for kids.

New Project: Impact of the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program on Student Outcomes

Oct. 25, 2018

The AVANCE Network operates several programs within the framework of a two-generation approach to whole family success. The largest of these is their Parent-Child Outcome Education Program, a program for parents and their children up to age 4. While the parents are in their own session learning about the importance of their role as a teacher and specific parenting skills, their children are taught school ready concepts and participate in stimulating activities.

The Evidence Base: Predictors of School Readiness

Aug. 13, 2018

Access to high-quality childcare betters outcomes in the following domains: neuro-typical brain development;1 reading and associated competencies (vocabulary, language performance, and emergent literacy);2 and social-emotional development (emotional understanding, social problem solving, and learning engagement).3,4 It yields the highest short and long-term benefits for low-income children relative to their higher-income peers.5,6,7

Early Childhood Development at PK-12 Public Education Forum in San Antonio

March 7, 2018

CFRP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne joined other experts at the third annual Regional PK-12 Public Education Forum in San Antonio on March 6, 2018 where the discussion focused on early childhood development. San Antonio is home to the Pre-K San Antonio program, an initiative launched by former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro providing high quality pre-Kindergarten services for four-year-old children.

New Project: Exploring the Effects of Wage on the Culture of Health in Early Childhood Education Centers

Aug. 28, 2017

Many high-quality early care and education (ECE) providers earn poverty-level wages and may not be able to afford adequate housing, food, or healthcare. In addition, more than one-third of ECE providers are enrolled in some form of public assistance program, most commonly health insurance and SNAP. Research studies on the quality of ECE workforce have traditionally defined workforce quality in terms of provider education/training, job satisfaction, and job turnover.

Child Care Quality, Minimum Ratio Standards, and Children's Safety

March 26, 2017

A key indicator of the quality of child care centers is the child to caregiver ratio – the maximum number of children that one caregiver can be responsible for in a child care setting.

Evaluating the Impact of Pre-Kindergarten for 3-Year-Olds

Aug. 22, 2016

Early childhood is a crucial period for healthy development. Children who experience a stimulating, lower-stress, and loving environment in their first five years typically have better social, cognitive, health, and economic outcomes throughout their lifespan. A key early indicator of future success is whether a child shows up to Kindergarten ready to learn; meaning by age five, the child has the necessary cognitive, developmental, and social-emotional skills that will allow the child to learn and reach her full potential.

Pediatricians on the Frontlines of Poverty

March 10, 2016

When taking your child to the doctor for a well-child visit, the appointment normally includes a physical exam, checking your child’s growth and development, vaccinations, and asking your doctor any questions you may have. Now, the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) is recommending that doctors add another component to these visits: screening for poverty.