First Things First — Long-term study shows quality preschool works for generations

| August 20, 2019

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News and happenings about First Things First

August 2019

High-quality early education outcomes extend to second generation

An update to the well-known Perry Preschool study focuses on a new benefit: better outcomes for the original study participants’ own children.  Results show multi-generational impact: participants’ children are also more likely to have better life outcomes when compared to the control group’s children.  
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Four new Phoenix-area family resource centers make resources more accessible

In an effort to reach more families from the northern reaches of the city to the southern edge, First Things First and the City of Phoenix have partnered to open four new family resource centers dedicated to providing services to families with children birth to age 5.
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Keeping ancestral languages alive and relevant today

University of Arizona associate professor Sheilah Nicholas talks to First Things First about how maintaining Native American languages helps to preserve culture and identity and how this affects the future of Arizona’s Native American children. Nicholas is a featured speaker at the 2019 First Things First Early Childhood Summit later this month.
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News Round-Up

News about early childhood around Arizona and across the U.S.

Kicking kids out of preschool is damaging, experts say. So why is it still happening?
NBC News, Aug. 12
A 2016 federal study found that an estimated 50,000 preschoolers had been suspended in the previous year and 17,000 were expelled. Even in states that have passed laws largely banning the practice, advocates say, many teachers lack the additional training and support they need to prevent dangerous behaviors and to keep all children safe in school.
Preschool for children with disabilities works, but federal funding for it is plummeting
The Hechinger Report, July 10
Comprehensive programs like developmental preschools are a rarity, especially in a state where public pre-K is not yet widely available for all students, let alone children with disabilities. In 2016, Arizona offered public preschool to only 4 percent of its 4-year-olds and 2 percent of 3-year-olds. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), every state in the country is required to offer, at a minimum, services like speech or occupational therapy for preschool students with disabilities, beginning at age 3. But the local school districts that must provide the programs are receiving fewer federal dollars: Federal funding to support these efforts has been declining steadily for decades.
The impact of racism on children’s health
The New York Times, Aug. 12
A new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics looks at the effects of racism on children’s development, starting in the womb. The impact of bias on children’s health starts even before they’re born. Persistent racial disparities in birth weight and maternal mortality in the United States today may in part reflect the deprivations of poverty, with less availability of good prenatal care, and poorer medical care in general for minority families, sometimes shaped by unacknowledged biases on the part of medical personnel.
The ABCs of life: how social-emotional development in early childhood is key to success later
The Eastern Arizona Courier, July 26
Parents who foster positive, nurturing relationships with their baby, toddler or preschooler will help the healthy development of their child’s social-emotional skills that will serve the child later in life.“Families lay the foundation for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to be able to learn how to process the world around them,” said Kelly Lubeck, program manager for the family support and literacy team at First Things First.


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