BUILDing Strong Foundations

July 20, 2017

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Let’s start with the evidence. What do we know about the relationship between increasing education requirements and the racial demographics of early childhood teachers? Systematic research on this question is limited, but there are some interesting patterns. Data from center-based child care, a state pre-k program, and Head Start suggest a correlation between teachers’ increased education levels and some decrease in the proportion of African-American teachers, but an increase in Hispanic teachers. One study of individual Head Start programs found that increasing staff’s education levels to a bachelor’s degree was associated with a slight increase in White staff and modest decreases for both African-American and Hispanic staff.
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July 17, 2017

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Catch up on equity, family engagement/family voice, QRIS, health and early learning news with this week's research and articles!
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July 06, 2017

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Catch up on your health/mental health, equity and early learning news with some weekend reading.
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June 22, 2017

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Farm to early care and education (ECE) is a diverse set of activities and strategies that include the use of local foods in meals and snacks, gardening opportunities, and educational activities implemented to promote health and wellness and enhance the quality of the educational experience. Farm to ECE particularly addresses the need to influence eating behaviors and patterns and learning outcomes in the early years of life. Farm to ECE connects families, providers, and young children in all types of early care and education environments – Head Start, child care including family child care and out-of-school time, pre-K, and programs in K-12 settings -- to healthy local foods and to meaningful educational opportunities focused on nutrition, food, and agriculture.
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June 21, 2017

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Our weekly education news digest is ready for you! Find out what staff at BUILD are reading this week.
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June 20, 2017

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The need for high-quality early childhood education has never been greater. Decades of research have demonstrated the short- and long-term benefits for children and society of attending a high-quality program. Unfortunately, these programs are out of reach for many families. Tuition rates rival or exceed the cost of college, and high-quality child care spaces are so limited that many families find themselves in “child care deserts.”
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May 30, 2017

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The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) at the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is very encouraged by the level of engagement in Colorado Shines - the state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) - since its implementation in 2015, and is confident that participation will continue to grow.
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May 29, 2017

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Our weekly education news digest is ready for you! Find out what staff at BUILD are reading this week.
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May 24, 2017

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Trump’s federal spending proposal, released on Tuesday, balances the budget on the backs of children, poor people, and working families. Just a handful of the cuts the New York Times referred to as “unprecedented” include: 29% to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 19% to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), 17% to Medicaid, and 13.1% to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). Olivia Golden, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy, said that the proposed cuts are, “…both devastating and…completely in opposition to our national interests — investing in children and families and workers.” In fact, the cuts are misguided and cruel – but not surprising.
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May 18, 2017

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We need to address what research has uncovered: a person’s zip code has greater bearing on health outcomes and life expectancy than do genes. This is about the impact of access - or the lack thereof - to opportunity. It is also about racism. Research studies have repeatedly documented that psychological stress as a result of racial discrimination contributes to racial health disparities, on top of the the ways in which racial discrimination impacts access to high quality programs and services.
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