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  • CLASP: Anti-Poverty Advocates Condemn the RAISE Act as an Affront to Working Families  Backed by the Trump Administration, the proposal would cap refugee admissions, cut total immigration in half by eliminating diversity visas and cutting family-based visas, and create a new visa system that awards points to potential immigrants based on characteristics such as speaking English and having higher education levels. The bill also includes troubling provisions that would threaten the health and wellbeing of hard-working immigrants and their families by barring them from basic health care and nutrition assistance and creating barriers to naturalization simply for needing this help.
  • U.S. News: Let Governors Guide Education  As we as a nation pursue effective education for all, it is paramount we commit to these three foundational principles:
  1. Equity. Ensure every child, from birth through college and career, receives a high-quality education and has access to the tools and resources they need to succeed.

  2. Alignment. Create coherence across disparate systems and connect education to economic opportunity to ensure a seamless pipeline from birth through college and career.

  3. Data-driven. Harness high-quality data to support students and improve schools, programs and educator quality with a fact-based approach.

Given the recent events in Charlottesville and the increasing racial tensions, we have an expanded list of readings on equity this week:


  • Center for American Progress: House Republican Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Would Harm Families in Every State  Among the cruelest elements of the proposal is its plan to decimate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Previously known as food stamps, SNAP is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program and helps ensure that families do not go hungry when a parent loses a job, when an emergency strikes, or when wages simply aren’t enough to make ends meet. Two-thirds of SNAP benefits go to children, seniors, and people with disabilities; in 2015, SNAP lifted 4.6 million people, including 2 million children, out of poverty.
  • CDC Grand Rounds: Addressing Health Disparities in Early Childhood  Thus, the cumulative and lifelong impact of early experiences, both positive and negative, on a child’s development can be profound. Although the health, social service, and education systems that serve young children and their families and communities provide opportunities to support responsive relationships and environments, efforts by these systems are often fragmented because of restrictions that limit the age groups they can serve and types of services they can provide. Integrating relationship-based prevention and intervention services for children early in life, when the brain is developing most rapidly, can optimize developmental trajectories. By promoting collaboration and data-driven intervention activities, public health can play a critical role in both the identification of at-risk children and the integration of systems that can support healthy development. These efforts can address disparities by reducing barriers that might prevent children from reaching their full potential.


  • Rand Corporation: Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Early Care and Education Programs: Making the Second Generation Better  With the goal of moving toward the next generation of QRISs, we offer several recommendations. Those that we direct to state policymakers apply equally well to decision makers implementing QRISs at a local level. We believe one of the strongest needs for second-generation QRISs is a focus on direct quality improvement support activities. In addition, there are still many aspects of ratings, including measures of quality and improvement of rating rubrics, that also need research and policy attention.


  • Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute: Global Implementation Specialist Practice Profile  These constructs and strategies have been synthesized into frameworks and conceptual models that undergird the science of implementation and are used by implementation specialists to support communities to implement, scale, and sustain interventions/approaches for impact. However, building the capacity of systems to integrate implementation science into their delivery approaches takes more than just implementation science knowledge. This type of capacity building in complex and complicated systems requires a set of skills and competencies.

Early Learning

  • Education Week: How Parents Widen—or Shrink—Academic Gaps  Muñoz is like a lot of parents, particularly those living in poverty. Contrary to some common stereotypes, parents of all income levels have high expectations for their children, and low-income parents may even dedicate more time than wealthier ones to helping children with homework, according to federal data. Many school outreach efforts to low-income parents center on just that kind of home-focused involvement.


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