While exploring the Zero to Three web site I found many different resources that were pertaining to what we are learning in class right now. They have a section under the topic tab for advocacy and policy. They also have a very cool tool under the technical assistance tab. They offer state policy technical support, which aids policy makers and gives information on states that have made strides in improving their programs and services for families and their children.
This week I have yet to receive a copy of the Zero to Three newsletter, which bummed me out a little. I did find an article this week on the web site that I feel supported our learning this week. The article “Closing the Opportunity Gap for Babies and Families”, provided information about what is happening in our country in regards to families who lack financial or social support. According to this article, many children before their second birthday are falling behind. This article presented some ideas of policies and changes that we can make in our country to help our children reach their full potential. Some of the suggestions that they have in the article are; paid family leave, and increasing funding for quality infant-toddler child care. The article also did a wonderful job explaining the research on brain development, and supportive relationships in childhood. I feel that this article built on what we learned last week about poverty and gave some great examples of how children are falling behind and ways that we can support families.
Zero to Three has many wonderful resources that show how advocates work with research, policy makers and economists to help make an impact on the early childhood experiences for children. There are resources for states and policy makers to use when they need information as well as technical assistances. Zero to three works very close with policy makers to have the information necessary to develop policies that will benefit families and their children.
Overall I feel that Zero to Three is a wonderful resource for those who are actively involved in advocating for children and families. I am still hoping to receive a newsletter soon.
Zero to Three web site: https://www.zerotothree.org/