As we head into 2017, we are faced with a dramatically changed national landscape. There is much work to do and it is imperative we ensure that investments in critical services for children and families remain intact. Faced with this new challenge, I am heartened by the collective sense of urgency to protect hard fought gains and continue making advancements in states and communities to support our youngest learners. We know that with the right support, all of our nation’s children can be healthy and happy. Our commitment to those children and their families is unwavering.
I look across our country today and see significant innovation in early childhood practice and important learnings to be synthesized and broadcast; networks of people and organizations coming together to forge new paths forward. I am buoyed by increased attention to the early years, and the new players and young talent coming to the field.
Our team has spent this past year figuring out how we can most strategically add value. In addition to our continued work in the Starting Smart and Strong communities, we are launching The Parent Success Collaborative in Oakland in early 2017 and acting as an incubator for a reimagined Early Edge California.
In an interview with Chris Sciarrino, our Director of Early Childhood Practice and Innovation, offers some “real talk” on our work on Fresno’s Starting Strong initiative, which brings new tools and approaches to support teacher practice. And Sheetal Singh, Director of Design and Innovation, shares 10 ways to create and evaluate software for parent engagement for those funding and exploring technology. The Lab’s Deborah Kong, Director of Early Edge Initiative, also updates you on Early Edge’s work at the Lab to develop a teaching and learning policy agenda that works, and a next-generation approach linking policy, practice and research and innovation.
Please explore our new website. We hope you visit often, to learn about our latest innovation endeavors and thinking – as well as find out about others’ efforts in our field.
Our commitment is to build on the progress we’ve collectively achieved in raising awareness and support for the critical importance of the early years.
We look forward to working with you, telling the stories and supporting the catalytic work you are all doing to help adults in the lives of children do their jobs well.
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