Author Archives: Julie Weatherston

News Roundup December 2nd

New Study Reveals Nearly 55% of US Infants are Sleeping With Potentially Unsafe Bedding  Despite warnings against it, a new study finds that over half of US infants are still placed to sleep with bedding that increases their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and sleep-related suffocation. “Parents have good intentions,” says study author […]

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Is There a Healthy “Media Diet” for Babies?

Today’s infants and toddlers are born into a world of digital gadgets. Recent research says: On average, children from birth to 23 months old are watching 55 minutes of TV a day, and 2- to 4-year-olds are watching 90 minutes a day. Use of mobile media starts young: More than a third (38%) of all […]

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Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages

A new report Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study by Marcy Whitebook, Deborah Phillips, and Carollee Howes, offers recommendations to reinvigorate a national conversation about the status and working conditions of the early childhood teaching workforce. Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages provides a portrait […]

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News Roundup November 19

The First Solid Foods for American Babies Depends Very Much on The Mother’s Socioeconomic Background This recent study, “Sociodemographic differences and infant dietary patterns,” was published last month in Pediatrics. Scientists at the University of Buffalo studied the first solid foods eaten by American babies in their first year to find insight into whether or […]

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Raising of America: Successful Sneak Preview with Panel Discussion in San Diego

Over 300 San Diego community members including educators, doctors, advocates, business colleagues and other leaders gathered at the beautiful new San Diego Central Library for a sneak preview of the PBS documentary “Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of the Nation”  and a moderated panel discussion. The League of Women Voters of San […]

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ZERO TO THREE’S Beyond the Word Gap: Multimedia Resources and Tools

ZERO TO THREE’s Beyond the Word Gap is a multimedia web portal designed to provide parents, professionals, and policymakers the resources they need to close the word gap and support early language and literacy. As policymakers turn their attention to closing this gap and improving the school readiness of low-income children, Beyond the Word Gap […]

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Guest Blog: Place Matters by Charles Bruner

PLACE MATTERS … AND IT MATTERS MOST FOR VERY YOUNG CHILDREN: BUILDING ON THE BETTER BABIES FRAMEWORK by Charles Bruner The For Our Babies campaign has established four important policy pillars for very young children (prenatal care, paid leave, well baby care and quality infant toddler care) as well as calling needed attention to policies […]

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News Roundup October 13th

Benefits for Babies Exposed to Two Languages A team of investigators and clinician-scientists in Singapore and internationally have found that exposure to dual languages in infancy can have cognitive advantages for children. The generalized cognitive advantages emerge early and are not specific to any particular language. Read more here. Exposure of Pregnant Women to Certain […]

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Early Identification Guide & Resources

Guest Blog by Cindy Arstein- Kerslake The Center for Disease Control reports that the incidence of autism is now 1 in every 68 children. Research shows that early identification and early intervention is the most effective way to address developmental delays. The Early Identification page of the California Making Access Possible (MAP) for Inclusion & […]

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Day Of Action For Babies: September 10th

From the ZERO TO THREE Baby Monitor: It’s that time of year again!  Across the country, children are heading back to school and families are preparing to make sure their children have what they need to be ready to learn. But as early childhood professionals, we know that preparing children for success in school and […]

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