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Scared Sick: the Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease
a new book by Robin Karr-Morse (a family therapist and the former Director of Parents Training for the Oregon Child Welfare System) and Meredith S. Wiley (of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids New York), demonstrates how chronic fear in infancy and early childhood— when we are most helpless—lies at the root of common diseases in adulthood. Based on the latest research, Scared Sick highlights case studies and cutting-edge scientific findings to show how our innate fight-or-flight system can injure us if overworked in the early stages of life. Persistent stress can trigger diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, and addiction later on. January 2012. see flyer
Toward Better Policy for Early Care and Education in the United States
An Alliance for Early Childhood Finance policy brief. October 2011. view brief
Transforming Public Education: Pathway to a Pre-K-12 Future
This final report from Pre-K Now (who is ending their 10-year national effort to promote Universal Pre-K to all 3 and 4-year-olds), makes the case for a Pre-K-12 public education system that begins with Pre-k and embeds early learning research and best practices in its improvement efforts. The report is informed by interviews with about 30 policy makers, early childhood advocates, researchers, elected officials and education reformers from around the country, including Arne Duncan, Geoffrey Canada, Wendy Kopp, Randi Weingarten, Deborah Gist, Kati Haycock and Jamie Woodson. September 2011. view report
Ensuring America’s Future
The Pre-K Coalition, a group of seven large education associations, wants to see Pre-K included more robustly in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act coupled with policies that support a stronger more seamless education for students from pre-kindergarten through third grade. Their report, Ensuring America’s Future, is an important signal of support for early education from groups that are not typically seen as early childhood advocates. October 2011. view report
PROMISING STATE CHILD CARE QUALITY AND INFANT/TODDLER INITIATIVES
A report by the National Women's Law Center, which has followed states’ and communities’ strategies for improving the quality of all care and of infant/toddler care. April 2011. view report
Paying Later: The High Costs of Failing to Invest in Young Children
This January 2011 PEW Center on the State's Partnership for America's Economic Success Issue Brief explains why cutting proven programs like the Nurse-Family Partnership, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition assistance and high-quality pre-k will come at much higher short- and long-term costs to both states and taxpayers. view brief
Big Ideas for Children: Investing in our Nation's Future
A First Focus report authored by various experts, illustrates that children are not a major priority at the federal level, and that creative solutions are needed to once again increase the federal investment in children. The proposals included in this book encompass various issue areas, including poverty, child health, early childhood, education, home and community, child welfare, and child safety. Access the report on the First Focus website.