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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Zero to Three's State of Babies Yearbook

State of Babies Yearbook 2019: Where does your state stand?  Picture of adult feet with baby feet, along with Zero to Three logo
Zero to Three
What do the data say about how babies in Wisconsin are doing, and what could we be doing better?

Zero to Three has collected a LOT of data in their State of Babies Yearbook:  from how many families are accessing services they are eligible for, to how many infants live in poverty, to how many infants and toddlers have experienced two or more Adverse Childhood Experiences, and a whole lot more.  In addition, they look at whether our state policies that support families with young children.  You can see how Wisconsin stacks up against other states, and you can get some ideas of the disconnect between all the amazing services we have in our state and some of the people who could use those services.

I found it worth looking at.  I hope you do too!


Monday, February 25, 2019

Talking Is Teaching Bundles

Pictures of cars, roads, and text that says:  Let's Talk About Cars.  Dialogue bubbles say, "My favorite Place to Go Is..." "Let's name the parts of the car", "Which car is the biggest?"  "What colors are the cars?" and "Honk!"
I'm working with a few IFLS-area libraries and a marvelous load of other partners on the Talking Is Teaching Chippewa Valley initiative.  The goal is to empower parents and caregivers with the knowledge that the more they talk (and listen!) to their kids, the better the outcomes.  It fits perfectly with Every Child Ready to Read efforts, Parents Interacting with Intention playgroups, and just about everything else we do that is encouraging and supporting parents and caregivers.

Talking Is Teaching has created some fun bundles around a variety of themes.  Bundles include book suggestions, posters, talking prompts, and more.  I'm guessing some of you could find a good use for this resource!  Check it out here:  http://talkingisteaching.org/bundles