About this Study

Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) is completing its latest community inquiry, Children 1-2-3: Early Learning for Future Success. This community engagement process has been examining the question, "How can Jacksonville best foster early learning success for children from birth to age 3 in our community?" Over the course of the process (October 2011 through April 2012), the meeting schedule, meeting summaries, key handouts and relevant articles have all been posted here. To find out more, please email tonia@jcci.org.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Healthy Start now REQUIRES all of its providers to implement ASQ

From the Desk of Carol Brady, Executive Director, Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Inc.

As of July 1, 2011, Healthy Start now REQUIRES all of its providers to implement ASQ with families of newborns enrolled in the program. We purchased material and conducted training for all of the case management staff last spring. Credit Dr. Goldhagen with pushing us to do this. This has the potential for impacting nearly 700 families in the region (500 in Jacksonville) who receive postpartum home visiting services through the program.

Additionally, the Coalition was one of five agencies that successfully competed for federal home visiting dollars earlier this year. We are in the process of implementing the Nurse-Family Partnership model which provides intensive education and support to first-time mothers. The model will serve 100 families annually in the New Town area (32209) as well as Arlington (32211) and the Westside (32210). NFP also uses Ages and Stages as part of its intervention with families.

These are examples of potential synergies in our community that could contribute to implementation of future 0-3 study recommendations!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Listening to Children Makes Everyone Happier

What really makes children happy?
In fact, children themselves say that their well-being and happiness depends on the simple things in life like family time and outdoor play.

Of course, children living in poverty are in urgent need of financial support to give them an acceptable standard of living, but quality of life is about much more than material things. For a child to grow and develop emotionally, intellectually and physically, they need to be given as many opportunities as possible to express themselves freely, discover the world around them and interact with others - to simply be children.

Why are children in the UK so low down on the well-being league table?
From a young age, children and adults in the UK are given targets to meet and put under pressure from a society which places emphasis on work, money and material possessions. This leaves less quality time for adults to talk, laugh, get outdoors and play with children. It also means that we as adults miss out on valuable opportunities to learn from and about our children.

How can we improve children's and families' well-being?
We believe that government policy needs to put a lot more emphasis on well-being over financial goals and targets - and a big part of this is ensuring that children have stable family lives with adults that have the time, freedom and resources to take part in regular play-based activities with them.

How can we ensure that children with special needs have equal opportunities to play and develop?
There is also a lot of work to be done to ensure that families with children who have disabilities have equal access to resources, space, time and opportunities to play and develop. Too often, children with special needs are isolated from other children and their families and not given the opportunity to just be children.

Read more at http://www.oaoa.com/articles/child-76160-parenting-year

CENTERS: Importance of parenting in child development

By age two the brain has done the majority of its growing. (Don’t worry; it remains “plastic” throughout the lifespan.)

The greatest period of brain development is prenatal. Most of us learned that we needed to take extra vitamins so that the developing baby would get enough nutrients. In the 70’s and 80’s my doctor told me to have a glass of wine every night. I’m so glad I didn’t do that! That’s like mixing formula with alcohol; not a good idea.

Pediatricians also recommended that we let our babies cry in the night, so they would learn how to soothe themselves. Dr. Spock recommended for us to stop picking up babies because they would get spoiled. Hospitals also told their staff to stop picking up babies because of the danger of spreading germs. Brain research now tells us that there is a reason that a baby stops crying after 20 minutes. It’s a safety feature in the brain that shuts the whole system down when there are prolonged levels of stress chemicals (cortisol). Too much cortisol destroys brain cells.

Letting a baby cry for long periods of time sends this message to the baby, “No one listens to me; no one will meet my needs.” This is the foundation of trust. Without trust, there is damage to the parent-child relationship. Children who go without trust and without one primary relationship are crippled in their ability to give and receive care, to use language to meet their needs, and to regulate their emotions. We see many of these untrusting children in our foster care system and in the international orphanage care systems.

Read more at http://www.oaoa.com/articles/child-76160-parenting-years.html

Thursday, November 17, 2011

No Study Committee Meeting This Week

The Children: 1-2-3 Study Committee Will Not Meet On November 23, 2011
Please take this time to catch-up on reading summaries of the previous meetings as well as reviewing the articles, websites, and speaker presentations located on this blog.

The committee's next meeting will take place on November 30, 2011. Make sure to join us for a great day of discussion about what you've learned so far. This is the day to share what you think about preparing 0 - 3 children for future academic success. Feel free to bring in articles and other research to share with fellow committee members as well.