ERIC Number: ED445783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Head, Heart, and Hands for Our Youngest Children.
Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.
This document details a strategy to bring together state and community leaders in the southeastern United States to establish dialogue, set priorities, and make system-wide changes for supporting literacy for the youngest children and their families. The Head, Heart, and Hands campaign has three focal points: (1) Head--understanding research and best practices that affect children's development and preparing them to enter school ready to learn; (2) Heart--creating, spreading, and harnessing the will and commitment to nurture and support young children and families; and (3) Hands--working across disciplines to forge a strong, unified system of policies and programs. The document begins with suggestions for a campaign kick-off meeting, followed by a position paper outlining a rational for the campaign. The next four sections of the document address the following areas: (1) research evidence on brain development, parental nurturance, health and nutrition, quality child care, and literacy development; (2) the need for action, focusing on the risk level of children in southern states and the impact of investing in the future; (3) core areas for action, presenting a vision for supporting the families of infants and toddlers and describing effective programs in the southeast; and (4) suggested planning process, including a step-by-step process and a sample policy statement. The document concludes with information on the SERVE organization, which will act as a resource for state and community efforts in the campaign, and information on ordering SERVE products. (KB)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Emergent Literacy, Infants, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, State Programs, Toddlers
SERVE, 1203 Governor's Square Blvd., Suite 400, Tallahassee, FL 32301; Tel: 800-352-6001 (Toll-Free); Fax: 850-671-6020 (Item No. ECHHH,$5 plus $2.50 shipping and handling. Non-exempt Florida residents must add 7% sales tax).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.