December 13, 2016


Amy Traub,

Robert Hiltonsmith,

Tamara Draut

From the time a baby is born, American families are trapped between the need to provide care for their children and the necessity of earning income. The crisis of care is most acute when children are too young to be in school: we find that families with children under age 5 have significantly lower incomes and higher poverty rates than households with no children at all.

What true acceptance looks like: that time Brenna took dance class

Great short blog about taking Brenna to a dance class. The best line, and one that would be good for students to think about, is "welcoming without questions, inclusion without pity, participation without staring or assumptions. Belonging, just as you are." ​This would be good for students to read in conjunction with the NAEYC/DEC position statement on incluson… and the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES U.S.

Policy Statement on Meeting the Needs of Families with Young Children Experiencing and At Risk of Homelessness

This policy statement provides recommendations from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Education (ED) on ways in which early childhood and housing providers at the local and, in some cases, State levels can collaborate to provide safe, stable, and nurturing environments for pregnant women and families with young children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development U.S. Department of Education October 31, 2016 

Professionals Partnering with Newborns and Their Families

A Guide for Practitioners from the Illinois Newborn Practice Roundtable
The Illinois Newborn Practice Roundtable—a consortium of 50-plus professionals from many disciplines serving Newborn families—recognized the need for our state to begin to bring together “what we know” which can positively impact “what we do” in our services to Newborns and their families. This document is a first step in compiling such information as a basis for our best practice with Newborns. 

Published in 2016

Supporting Young Children: Addressing Poverty, Promoting Opportunity and Advancing Equity in Policy

"Young children are the most likely to experience poverty among all age groups in the U.S. Although slightly reduced from recent years, the number and proportion of children under age six who experience poverty has remained consistently high through the economic recovery that followed the Great Recession, when child poverty increased significantly. In 2015, one-fifth of all children under age five, or 4.2 million young children, lived in poverty"
A publication from The Center for the Study of Social Policy

Summer, 2016