BUILDing Strong Foundations

August 16, 2017

Posted by: Build Initiative
If only the violence, racism, and anti-Semitism against which thousands protested in Charlottesville last weekend were unimaginable in the United States. Unfortunately, the weekend’s occurrences were just a more visible display of everyday reality in the US. The same (often less overt) vitriol, hate, and violence have marred our country throughout its history, met at each step forward by many of us who have been blocked from opportunity, including Blacks, Jews, Latinos, immigrants, women, and the LGBT community. As the author observes in this Washington Post article with regard to Ferguson, Charlottesville is just “the latest outbreak of white rage.”
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August 16, 2017

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Find out what we're reading at BUILD and catch up on your equity, health, early learning, QRIS and systems news. Given recent events, this issue includes a more robust list of readings on equity.
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August 01, 2017

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Find out what we're reading at BUILD and catch up on your equity, health and early learning news.
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July 20, 2017

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Let’s start with the evidence. What do we know about the relationship between increasing education requirements and the racial demographics of early childhood teachers? Systematic research on this question is limited, but there are some interesting patterns. Data from center-based child care, a state pre-k program, and Head Start suggest a correlation between teachers’ increased education levels and some decrease in the proportion of African-American teachers, but an increase in Hispanic teachers. One study of individual Head Start programs found that increasing staff’s education levels to a bachelor’s degree was associated with a slight increase in White staff and modest decreases for both African-American and Hispanic staff.
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July 17, 2017

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Catch up on equity, family engagement/family voice, QRIS, health and early learning news with this week's research and articles!
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July 06, 2017

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Catch up on your health/mental health, equity and early learning news with some weekend reading.
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June 22, 2017

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Farm to early care and education (ECE) is a diverse set of activities and strategies that include the use of local foods in meals and snacks, gardening opportunities, and educational activities implemented to promote health and wellness and enhance the quality of the educational experience. Farm to ECE particularly addresses the need to influence eating behaviors and patterns and learning outcomes in the early years of life. Farm to ECE connects families, providers, and young children in all types of early care and education environments – Head Start, child care including family child care and out-of-school time, pre-K, and programs in K-12 settings -- to healthy local foods and to meaningful educational opportunities focused on nutrition, food, and agriculture.
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June 21, 2017

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Our weekly education news digest is ready for you! Find out what staff at BUILD are reading this week.
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June 20, 2017

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The need for high-quality early childhood education has never been greater. Decades of research have demonstrated the short- and long-term benefits for children and society of attending a high-quality program. Unfortunately, these programs are out of reach for many families. Tuition rates rival or exceed the cost of college, and high-quality child care spaces are so limited that many families find themselves in “child care deserts.”
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May 30, 2017

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The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) at the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is very encouraged by the level of engagement in Colorado Shines - the state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) - since its implementation in 2015, and is confident that participation will continue to grow.
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