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  • CSSP and MLPB: Strengths-based Approaches to Screening Families for Health-Related Social Needs in the Healthcare Setting: Preview of Recommendations  The conceptual commitment to systematic screening of patient-families for HRSN is near universal. A growing number of HRSN policies, scholarship and products have emerged over the last few years. The field of pediatrics is in the vanguard in terms of adopting and implementing formal HRSN screening protocols.
  • Aspen Institute and Nemours Children’s Health System: Supporting Parents to Help Children Thrive  Equally well-established is the role of parents and other primary caregivers in supporting their children’s health and development. By contrast, studies show the toll taken when parents are unable to nurture their children. The economic costs alone are huge – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in a single year, some 580,000 confirmed cases of child maltreatment cost the nation $124 billion.


  • WAMU: Why Some Of D.C.’s Leading Men Of Color Are Heading Back To Preschool  The Leading Men Fellowship program was created to address two different problems. First, it increases the number of males of color in early education, secondly — it helps reduce the gap in language development for preschoolers from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • CLASP: The Wrong Path for Children: Anti-Immigrant Proposals at the Federal and State Level  une is Immigrant Heritage Month, a time when we celebrate our country’s rich immigration history, including the many contributions of immigrants and their children. A proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, I’ve dedicated my career to fighting for justice alongside my community and have previously shared my own family’s story to commemorate the significance of this month. Yet, this year has been exhausting and heartbreaking, and it has taken me more time to think about what I want to say. To continue to believe in a bright future for our country—which depends entirely on the ability of our increasingly diverse child population to succeed—can be difficult when millions of children and their families face a continued onslaught of threats ranging from increased xenophobia in their classrooms to budget and policy proposals that endanger their safety and wellbeing.

Early Learning

  • Houston Chronicle Kindergarten: a gateway to prosperity? The shocking part was not that many of the kindergarteners had difficulties with creating correct number sentences when provided with an addend and a sum (i.e., ? & 3 = 3), or that the second-graders struggled with answering a word problem by creating a sequentially organized data table. It was that the students in both grades were expected to grasp such challenging and abstract problems at all!
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow  For American business, advancing high-quality childcare is a winning proposition. It’s a wise investment in America’s future—strengthening business today while building the workforce we’ll depend on tomorrow and for decades to come. The report outlines 10 things that the business community can do to advance access to high-quality childcare.
  • Education Week: What Are Common Traits Shared by High-Quality Preschool Providers?  The study found four common threads among the programs it studied, including effective strategies for recruiting and retaining a high-quality workforce, an intentional focus on learning and development, a wide variety of structures, and a reliance on data to help drive continuous improvement. 
  • Military Times: Senators propose more help for military families seeking child care  Two senators have introduced a proposal aimed at making more child care available to military families, primarily by seeking out more spaces in the civilian community. 
  • National Farm to School Network: Farm to ECE On The Menu At National Indian Head Start Director’s Association Conference  Farm to early care and education was on the menu at this year’s National Indian Head Start Director’s Association Annual Conference in Denver, Colo. in early June. The annual conference brings together leaders from all levels of management and leadership in American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN) Head Start programs, and this year over 40 attendees participated in a session to learn more about farm to early care and education (ECE). The session covered an overview of farm to ECE, presented strategies and resources to support implementing different components of farm to ECE, and allowed ample opportunity for attendees to discuss interest, challenges and opportunities in their programs.











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