The Task Force is comprised of state agencies and statewide organizations with a known interest and/or expertise in early childhood issues. Currently 23 organizations have named representatives to the Task Force.The Task Force agreed to three initial activities: an assessment of member interests and priorities, an update of the PFC Outcomes Tool, and identification of the gaps in responding to early childhood outcomes. Following those activities, the Task Force is charged with making recommendations to the Partners for Children collaborative.
- Assessment Process- A profile has been
developed that summarizes the current efforts, resources,
priorities and future plans of the Task Force as they relate to
early childhood issues.
- Identify the gaps in responding to early childhood outcomes- a draft list of challenges has been developed based on input from Task Force members.
- Identify short and long term deliverables
for each of the three activity areas.
- Crafting a message to the public and policymakers.
- Developing a list of the Building Blocks of healthy early
- Developing a blue-print for cross system action.
- Work in small groups or as a committee of the whole.
- Schedule meetings in June, July/August, September, October and
December to complete work and develop recommendations. (Sub group
meetings may be scheduled in addition to the proposed Task Force
meetings at the option of the members)
| Look at the National Benchmark Survey ,
What Grown-Ups Understand About
The survey points out where adults have a
reasonable understanding of child development and, perhaps even more
importantly, where there are the most significant information gaps
and greatest levels of misundertanding.
The Consultative Group on Early
Childhood Care and Development
This site includes a document entitled
Arguments in Support of Early Childhood Care and Development.
|From Neurons to Neighborhoods
The Science of Early Childhood Development
Following is the executive summary of the above book brought to our attention by Success By 6 Task Force member Chris
Kus. He described this as a recent publication from the National Research Council, Institute of Medicine that will help us in developing Task Force priorities.
The book From Neurons to
Neighborhoods The Science of Early Childhood
Development (2000) was put together by the Committee on Integrating
the Science of Early Childhood Development. The charge to the
committee was "to update scientific knowledge about the nature of
early development and the role of early experiences, to disentangle
such knowledge from erroneous popular beliefs or misunderstandings,
and to discuss the implications of this knowledge base for early
childhood policy, practice, professional development, and