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Nebraska Children: Baby Brains Webinar

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Presentation about the science behind early childhood brain development and how educators, parents and policy makers in Nebraska can ensure that every child gets off to the best possible start in life.

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Nebraska Children: Baby Brains Webinar

  1. 1. Baby Brains How Healthy Brain Development in the First Years Lays the Foundation for All Future Learning
  2. 2. Meet Amy • Associate Vice President of Early Childhood Programs at Nebraska Children and Families Foundation • Administers grants and provides technical assistance for the statewide Sixpence Early Learning program • Works with 25 grant communities in Nebraska, serving nearly 700 children • History with Nebraska Department of Education focusing on kindergarten readiness
  3. 3. High-quality early childhood & parent education that: • Meets the unique developmental needs of very young children • Supports parents as their child’s first and most important teacher The difference is: SingASongOfSixpence.org • Public-private funding partnership • High-quality educators, curricula and environments • Intentional family engagement and education • Outcome accountability through ongoing measurement
  4. 4. Sixpence Children’s Outcomes Vast majority of children met or exceeded individual child outcomes with significant gains in vocabulary and social-emotional skills 86% 95% 96% Language/Vocabulary Social-Emotional Cognition 97% 85% 78% Fine Motor Literacy Mathematics
  5. 5. Sixpence Parent Outcomes 100% 96% 88% Received consistent prenatal care (compared to 75% statewide) Were using proper car seats 94% 97% Had established a medical home Had their children immunized Brought children to wellchild checkups SIGNIFICANT GAINS In building relationships, promoting learning and supporting confidence in their children.
  6. 6. Sixpence Program Outcomes CENTER-BASED PROGRAMS scored in the highest range on the Infant/Toddler Environmental Rating Scale-Revised (ITERS-R) or the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) FAMILY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS scored 4.55 out of 5 on Parent-Child Engagement and 4.15 out of 5 on Home Visit Instruction on the Home Visit Rating Scales-A (HoVRS-A).
  7. 7. Today’s presentation • Early experiences influence brain development • Effects of adverse childhood experiences • Preventing & mitigating toxic stress • What can we do?
  8. 8. Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
  9. 9. Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
  10. 10. (in years) Source: Parenting
  11. 11. Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
  12. 12. Significant adversity impairs brain development Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
  13. 13. Adverse Childhood Experiences: Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ACE Study (2012)
  14. 14. Adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress affect us all. • Ineffective learning environments • Lower high-school graduation rate • More unintended pregnancies • Higher crime rate • More spent on public assistance programs, special education and health care • Lower workforce viability • Less robust economy
  15. 15. What can we do about it?
  16. 16. Healthy brain development • Relationships • Respect • Repetition • Routines • Responsive Interactions MOST IMPORTANT: Being a constant presence to provide security so the child feels safe to explore and grow. Source: Zero To Three
  17. 17. Supporting parents as first and most important teachers Informal supports • • • • Family Friends Neighbors Babysitters Formal supports • • • • • Proactive home visitation High-quality early childhood education Parenting classes Community-based socialization opportunities Access to health services, including mental health
  18. 18. Rooted in Relationships Parents Interacting with Infants (PIWI) Circle of Security
  19. 19. Resources • First Five Nebraska • Center for Children, Families and the Law • NET State of Education in Nebraska • Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University • National Association for the Education of Young Children • Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families • Center for Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL) • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  20. 20. Questions? Amy Bornemeier, Associate Vice President of Early Childhood Programs abornemeier@nebraskachildren.org www.SingASongOfSixpence.org www.NebraskaChildren.org www.facebook.com/NebraskaChildren Twitter: @NE_Children

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