Dr. Dana Suskind is a national expert on early language development and co-author of Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain.
At the Children's Institute's 2016 Make It Your Business event, she inspired the audience with neuroscience showing that the first three years are the foundation for the rest of a child's life. She also shared her work to close the word gap by supporting families to talk to their babies.
At our 8th annual Make It Your Business event, we presented the 2016 Alexander Award to Wallowa County, where Building Healthy Families and the Winding Waters Medical Clinic have formed a unique and effective partnership. The award was accepted by Maria Weer of Building Healthy Families and Elizabeth Powers, M.D. of Winding Waters Medical Clinic.
Through the Early Works initiative, the Children's Institute has partnered with two Oregon elementary schools - Earl Boyles in Southeast Portland and Yoncalla in Southern Oregon. Family engagement is a core Early Works strategy. This video details the experiences of two families who have been impacted, and was revealed at the Children's Institute's 7th annual Make It Your Business luncheon.
Dr. Karen Mapp, family engagement expert from Harvard University, delivered a keynote address at the Children's Institute's 7th annual Make It Your Business luncheon.
At its annual event, the Children's Institute and award sponsor Pacific Continental Bank presented the 3rd Annual Alexander Award to Sue Miller, co-founder of the Family Building Blocks Relief Nursery.
This report by the Birth to Third Grade Learning Hub shows momentum is growing to improve learning and care during the early years, creating significant opportunities for schools and districts to address gaps.
As policy-makers contemplate expanding preschool opportunities for low-income children, one possibility is to fund two, rather than one year of Head Start for children at ages 3 and 4. Another option is to offer one year of Head Start followed by one year of pre-k. This study from the rank Porter Graham Child Development Institute asks which of these options is more effective.
Connecting the Dots: Raising A Reader Builds Evidence Base for its Parent Engagement and Early Literacy Program
This brief examines the case of Raising A Reader (RAR), which has been steadily building its evidence base over many years and is now positioned to undertake such a comprehensive evaluation.