Author Archives: Julie Weatherston

New Video: Getting it Right For Our Babies

 New Video “Getting it Right For Our Babies” Describes and Offers Solutions to Repair America’s Broken Child Care SystemWith the average cost of child care in the U.S. equaling college tuition and millions of early childhood educators facing wages so low they often struggle to support their own families, For Our Babies and the Center […]

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Early Caregiver-Child Relationships Build the Foundation for Lifelong Learning

Early Caregiver-Child Relationships Build a Foundation for Lifelong Learning, a featured article in this week’s WestEd R & D Alert, highlights a recent federal policy brief, Including Relationship-Based Care Practices in Infant-Toddler Care. The brief provides research-based guidance on how to raise the level of quality for out-of-home early child care.  The central message is […]

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El vientre social: Cómo fortalecer el cerebro de los bebés

Nos complace anunciarles que “El vientre social: Cómo fortalecer el cerebro de los bebés”, originalmente escrito y narrado por J. Ronald Lally, está ahora disponible en español. Este video de 6 minutos muestra la necesidad que tienen los bebés, una vez que nacen, de que los cuiden dentro un “vientre social” que proporcione la nutrición, […]

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Now in Spanish! The Social Womb: Building Babies’ Brains

We are thrilled to announce that “The Social Womb: Building Babies’ Brains”, originally written and narrated by J. Ronald Lally, is now available to the public in Spanish. This 6-minute video depicts the need for babies, once born, to be cared for in a “social womb” that provides the nurturance, protection, and enrichment essential to […]

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Podcast: Professional Expectations Without Professional Conditions

In this episode, For Our Babies founder Dr. Ron Lally, from the Center For Child and Family Studies at WestEd, talks with Marcy Whitebook, from the Center for the Study of Childcare Employment at the University of California, Berkeley, about the current state of infant/toddler workforce conditions. Length: 34 min 18 secDownload

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News Roundup

Study of Advertisements in Parenting Magazines Don’t Always Show Safe Practices A new study found a surprisingly high number of advertisements in the top U.S. parenting magazines show images or products that contradict health and safety recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Researchers found nearly 1 in 6 ads had at least one offense […]

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More Hospitals Following Breastfeeding Standards According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, the percentage of US hospitals that follow international guidelines to promote breastfeeding (designating them “baby-friendly”) has grown from 29 percent in 2007 to 54 percent in 2013. The steps include 10 practices endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  […]

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Podcast: When the Bough Breaks

In this show, Dr. Lally discusses with Julie Weatherston the fragile state of infant care in the United States. Dr. Lally talks about what babies need, including teachers who are well trained and paid a living wage for the very important work they do. He says it’s time for the US to stop “doing business […]

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Infants are Capable of Sleeping for Long Periods by 3 Months of Age Using infrared video cameras to make overnight recordings of 101 London infants, researchers at the University of London found that “Infants are capable of resettling themselves back to sleep by three months of age.” Three-month olds fed solely breast milk were as […]

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Let’s Stop Squandering America’s Future!

Looking for an excellent summer read? This one is hot off the press today! In her new book, Squandering America’s Future – Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children, Susan Ochshorn offers a pioneering guide to the big issues in contemporary early childhood policy. Written in a lively, personal style, the […]

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