This resource is a slide deck from the webinar, Improving Birth Outcomes: Strengthening Awareness of and Support for State and Community Doula Networks. Doula care is method for improving birth outcomes and reducing rates of maternal morbidity and mortality among birthing people of color. However, in many states doula care is not routinely covered by health insurance and doulas aren’t seen as instrumental members of the birthing team. Thus, intentional collective efforts should be made to recognize, promote and compensate doulas for their role in achieving equitable outcomes. In addition, making doula care sustainable is an important step in ensuring that birthing people with the highest prevalence of adverse birth outcomes have the support they need before, during, and after pregnancy.
Access a recording of this webinar here.
Article October 14, 2021
Through an interview with Jackie Anderson from the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) , alongside Alexander Gagnon, and Kaitlin Ferrick, with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), this document highlights the PN-3 work underway in Wisconsin
Blog October 14, 2021
This spotlight highlights Latinx early childhood leader Martina Rocha, founder of the Together for Childhood Network. The Together for Childhood Network is a not-for-profit organization that provides resources and trainings in Spanish and English for early childhood educators, childcare providers, parents and community members.
States’ Growing Commitment to Preventing Young Children’s Expulsion from Early Care and Education Programs: RESULTS OF A 50-STATE POLICY SURVEY
Report October 12, 2021
This report examines features of states’ expulsion and suspension prevention policies, based on survey responses and interviews with selected states. The results point to the widespread efforts states are making to develop and implement expulsion prevention policies. Features of policies are varied, and include supports for programs (e.g., professional development, early childhood mental health consultation), requirements for data collection, and changes in program standards and work conditions. Many policies have explicit goals for reducing disparities in exclusionary practices related to race and disability. Promising approaches in five states are highlighted. The brief makes several recommendations for designing expulsion and suspension policies with features that can help ensure strong implementation that significantly reduces exclusionary practices and the racial disparities found in these practices.