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December 2021, Issue #17
Well, we made it through 2021 and already, 2022 looks like a doozy. What to do? Anyone see that Sandra Bullock rehab film, 28 Days, where she’s forced to wear a sign around her neck that reads: “Confront me if I don't ask for help.” We’d suggest changing that wording to “Remind me to ask for help,” because everyone is in need of help these days and most are reluctant to ask. Even prior to the Hollywood treatment, Mr. Rogers advised people to “look for the helpers.” 
Throughout this year of uncertainty, ELN has remained ambitious and focused on work that spans brain-building research and policy, inspiring features about early learning challenges, and success stories from small towns, rural areas and big cities across the nation (and beyond).  
Our original content is offered up fresh each week, written by highly respected journalists. We say with pride that top media outlets, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic, among many others, have linked to our articles. Our influence and audiences are growing for our site and our social pages.
Our 2022 wish is for you to find the helpers to sustain you in every way. Also: humor helps, however you can summon it.
Tweet from Kristen Mulrooney that reads: Every morning my 2 year old sits up in her bed and yells “HELP, I WOKE UP” and I think we can all relate
We send out a heartfelt note of gratitude to the parents, caretakers and teachers, the brain researchers, the community members devoted to supporting families, the policymakers and businesspeople working to pass the Build Back Better bill. We send special thanks to the medical community and other frontline workers every single day.
For 2022, we hope you find your helpers, help others, build your early learning communities and stay tuned to for news and features that inform, inspire and uplift. 

December Highlights
  • Most Hopeful. As leaders, experts and frontline workers in early learning collect themselves for the twists and turns to come, we asked them: What in the early learning world gives you hope for 2022? The responses didn't disappoint.
  • When Head Start Parents Become Head Start Teachers. It’s not a new idea but it’s especially beneficial at this moment in time. Contributor Mark Swartz takes a deep dive.
  • Elliot’s Provocations. Big life-changing legislation—like the Build Back Better bill—always brings out the fear-based dog whistles. Columnist Elliot Haspel tackles the requirements of child care programs operated by faith communities. He wrote: “I have struggled with this issue, but my investigation concludes that while a few clarifications would help, the Build Back Better legislation puts little burden on these providers and in fact makes them stronger.”
  • Children and the Planet. There’s a truism among child-mindful urban planners: Children are an indicator species for cities. Journalist Kendra Hurley explores a new report that highlights the connections between protecting early childhood and the planet in this fascinating piece.
  • Fall Like A Baby. Did you know that when babies are learning to walk, they fall on average 17 times an hour? Contributor K.C. Compton interviews researchers from NYU’s Infant Action Lab—Dr. Karen Adolph and Danyang Han—to understand the oh-so-cool physics of learning to fall.
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