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February 2021, Issue #7
You can almost feel it in the air: Springtime is coming! As March brings lighter, longer days, we’re ready to say farewell to winter and a fond hello to trees in bloom. Not a day too soon.
February Highlights
  • Dual Language Learning. A common belief in the U.S. is that speaking more than one language in a child’s home confuses the child and limits their ability to master English. There’s actually never a better time than Zero to 3 to learn a new language. K.C. Compton delves into the research.
  • Transforming Our Undervalued Child Care Workforce. The pandemic has brought greater awareness of the need for investment in caregiving. This fascinating conversation between Bryce Covert and Ai-jen Poo, founder of National Domestic Workers Alliance, lays out a vision for how to accomplish that change.
  • What Do Babies Know About Race? You might be surprised! Mark Swartz explores recent research from I-LABS’ Drs Andrew Meltzoff and Marley Jarvis.
Universal Child Care
Contributor Elliot Haspel brings the heat to the tired arguments against affordable, accessible and quality Universal Child Care.
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Fighting for Kids
Eric Guerra, a son of farmworkers, now champions early learning as an elected Sacramento City Council member. He says, “Early childhood development drives racial equity and economic mobility.”
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5 Questions for John Carney, Governor of Delaware
Governor Carney’s father was a career educator and his wife, First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, leads the First Chance Delaware initiative. These lifelong passions for early learning inform policy that emphasizes lifting up every child.
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Book Review
Fueled by idealism, backed by science; how pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha confronted a public health crisis and rocked a nation. Read K.C. Compton’s review of What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.
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Stay tuned for more ELN content delivered fresh weekly. Upcoming? A cool history of children’s television, new Early Learning Apprenticeships at Bank Street, updates on the child care crisis, and lots more brain-building research and community-building successes!
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