On the site ZERO TO THREE I went on a search for equity and excellence and how this International site might bring comfort and help to families, teachers, and children.
I came across this article: Creating Equity of Opportunity
The article written by Patricia Cole made a statement that it is up to advocates to make sure that early childhood policy is informed not just by research, but by demographics and a sense of equity.
As we have mentioned multiple times how the world, communities and our classrooms are changing into more culturally diverse learning environments, we also know that parents want the best opportunities for their children. Children who need early care and learning services that are not only high quality but also culturally attuned and linguistically appropriate for dual language learners.
A few things need to be kept in mind when we talk about equity and excellence in the Early CHildhood field. 1) There needs to be information for parents and providers, 2) Inspections and monitoring of schools, teachers and students, and 3) Training and Professional Development.
I have decided to take a look at Harvard University’s “Global CHildren’s Initiative” website.
The gaps in education and health associated with socioeconomic disadvantages puts a really big burden on communities, individuals, and societies worldwide. Recent reports estimate that 200 million children fail to reach their full developmental potential by age 5. 200 million is 200 million too many!!
There is a lot of help out there:
In Brazil– The collaborative Núcleo Ciência Pela Infância (NCPI) includes the Center on the Developing Child, Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal (FMCSV), the Medical School of the University of São Paulo, Insper, Sabará Children’s Hospital, and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard. This partnership has been highly successful in creating a science-driven early childhood movement in Brazil, most notably through training Brazilian policy makers on how to apply developmental science to inform programs and policies and, recently, through launching the iLab Primeira Infância, one of the Latin American Innovation Clusters.
In Canada– The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) shares our strong belief in the power of translating the science of child development to inform public policy. AFWI was created to counter the separation between science, policy, and practice work, which hinders the real-world application of scientific knowledge. AlbertaFamilyWellness.org offers resources and knowledge-sharing tools for researchers, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public, including presentations and learning modules on early brain development, toxic stress, the early foundations of lifelong health, addiction, and implications of the science for policy and clinical practice.
One program that caught my eye was Saving Brains. A partnership led by Grand Challenges Canada, Saving Brains seeks to improve outcomes for children living in poverty through interventions that nurture and protect early brain development in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. The Center on the Developing Child is part of a team that supports a dynamic learning community of Saving Brains innovators to help them advance the impact and scale of their work in countries around the world.
This video from Saving Brains applies the science as translated by the Center and other research to make the case for addressing the global challenge of children who do not reach their potential.
Through sharing results and discussing lessons learned, this community is generating a body of research and practical knowledge on how to develop, refine, and evaluate innovative solutions. Together, the community is also creating a suite of interventions for nurturing and protecting early brain development. Currently, projects are being implemented in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America.