Happy Spring! Your spring fever is kicking in, you’ve got a ton on your plate and pollen is already making your eyes itch. We get it. But this may help. Here’s what we’ve been paying attention to, to get you caught up.
- 📣 Tooting our own horn: Check out this piece by Mark Swartz on Council for a Strong America’s new report on the childcare crisis.
New and updated research
- Deans for Impact, an organization that “transforms educator preparation so all teachers graduate ready for the classroom on day one,” released a report that comprehensively– and usefully!– compiles scores of early learning and early childhood research. Give it a look.
- You know how you know something, but when you see it spelled out in black-and-white, it really blows you away? This new study from the University of Otago did that for us: Self-regulation in young children predicts levels of adult outcomes related to incarceration, mental health, employment and more.
- Also, this tweet from our friends at ZERO TO THREE.
Research shows poverty diminishes brain growth! By age two, children in the lowest socio-economic group are behind their peers in measures of cognitive, language, and social-emotional development. #EndChildPoverty pic.twitter.com/Gyo8MCo93m
— ZERO TO THREE (@ZEROTOTHREE) March 13, 2019
- On an up note, file this one under “Just Another of the Billion Reasons to Love the Muppets:” According to a new study by Wellesley College economist Phillip B. Levine and University of Maryland economist Melissa Kearney, kids who had access to Sesame Street before the age of 7 performed better in school.
Gatherings, convenings and events
- We were at the National League of Cities “City Leadership Academy for Building an Early Learning Nation” in Orlando and met so many transformational leaders from the public sector there:
At @leagueofcities' "City Leadership Academy for Building an ELN," everyone agrees that a united leadership is one key to success. Like this team of #EarlyLearning rockstars from Orlando: NLC's Tonja Rucker, @citybeautiful's Lisa Early & Brenda March, @ELCOC's Cindy Jurie #NLCCCC pic.twitter.com/nOfsFXVOYZ
— Early Learning Nation (@EarlyLearnNatn) March 8, 2019
- At #SXSWEDU, a panel on private sector early learning investment with Learn Capital, Omidyar Network and Reach Capital discussed the desperately needed increased funding that’s starting to hit our sector.
- The Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting is this week in Baltimore. On Friday, we’ll be hosting LIVE interviews with our mobile studio — join us on Facebook and Twitter all day to hear from, and ask questions of, leaders from around the early learning world.