Children, families and communities

Blog post Beth Day
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear addresses the SREB  Early Childhood Commission, March 2015 in Louisville

Momentum is building around dual-generational strategies focused on both parents and children. But programs need to move from parent engagement to a new level: parent learning, said Sharon Darling, president of the National Center for Families Learning.

When parents have specific strategies to help children, literacy levels are higher at grade 3,” she told members of the SREB Early Childhood Commission. Parents want to know, What should we do when we turn off the TV, when we are at the dinner table? 

Data, successful programs in Darling’s presentation >

“State investment in education is misaligned with what we now know about brain development in the early years,” said Terry Tolan, executive director of Governor’s Office of Early Childhood in Kentucky. Ninety percent of brain development occurs before age 5, she told members. Ninety percent of public funding is invested after age 5. 

Policy strategies in Tolan’s presentation >

Our challenge as state leaders is answering questions such as, “What policies will help develop resilient families and children who will arrive at school ready to succeed at school and life?” Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear told the Commission. The answers will dictate the future of our nation and our region.

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