BUILDing Strong Foundations

October 16, 2017

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Catch up on your reading this week! BUILD Initiative shares the latest on family support, equity, immigration, systems building, and early learning.
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October 03, 2017

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While the immediate threat of an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal has passed, it’s safe to assume that it’s only a matter of time before the GOP attempts another effort to reduce health care coverage. As the administration endeavors to cut corners and limit access to equitable healthcare, our nation’s poorest children and families are at risk of losing health care coverage. The most recent GOP ACA-replacement, the Graham-Cassidy bill, would have jeopardized coverage for the nine million children protected by the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which has not received renewed funding despite a September 30 deadline for Congress to take action on the policy.
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October 02, 2017

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Catch up on your reading this week! BUILD Initiative shares the latest early learning, QRIS, immigration and systems building news.
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September 18, 2017

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We started our evacuation in a veritable clown car at the crack of dawn: Mom, Dad, a grumpy toddler strapped into a carseat, a dog who uses a wheelchair to get around, and three cats. We were prepared to make the 17-hour trip to NoVa as quickly as possible - we’d done it countless times before. The evacuation route for Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas is, unsurprisingly, straight up I-95. After hours of gridlock, and overnight stops in Savannah, GA and Florence, SC, we finally made it home - THREE days later. Thankfully, in the end, the storm was weaker than what we had prepared for and my parents’ home is relatively undamaged. The drive was really tough - especially for Dad and toddler - but we certainly survived. At no point did I feel that we should have just stayed in Miami.
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September 18, 2017

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Find out what we're reading at BUILD Initiative this week and catch up on your equity, health equity, early learning and QRIS news.
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September 18, 2017

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Facilitating with an emphasis on community seems well-suited to early childhood professionals, whose work requires a focus on family. Throughout the year, my colleagues at BUILD, and all our external partners for that matter, facilitate or participate in countless meetings. Whether in person, by phone, or over the Web, we frequently find ourselves gathered around the shared belief that improvements must be made to the current early childhood system if all children are to receive the quality care and education they deserve and to enjoy healthy child development.
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August 16, 2017

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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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