ERIC Number: ED451948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Make Kids Count: Giving Babies a Smart Beginning.
Thompson, Anne, Ed.
The Smart Beginnings project in Arizona is designed to increase public awareness and parent education about early childhood development and family support resources. The program is intended to identify, link, establish, and expand a public/private family support system and improve the quality and increase availability of infant and toddler child care. This report presents information on the current situation for young Arizona children and their families, discusses the importance of early experience for brain development, and argues that strengthening and expanding the network of resources for parents with young children can improve the health and well-being of the next generation. The sections of this report are: (1) "The Brain," describing early brain development; (2) "Early Childhood in Arizona," discussing the impact of risk factors on young children and describing an inadequate early childhood system; (3) "Goal: Improving the Lives of Young Children in Arizona," presenting the goals of the Smart Beginnings project, describing similar programs in other states, and delineating essential components of a family support system from the prenatal stage to age 3 years; and (4) "Action Agenda: Parents, Community Members, and Policymakers Working Together," detailing how each party can work together to ensure that families are strong and that communities can support families. The report concludes with a challenge for increased commitment to give each Arizona child a smart beginning. (Contains 24 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Brain, Day Care, Early Intervention, Family Programs, Infant Care, Parent Education, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Public Policy, Young Children
Children's Action Alliance, 4001 North 3rd Street, Suite 160, Phoenix, AZ 85012; Tel: 602-266-0707; Fax: 602-263-8792; Web Site: http://www.azchildren.org; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Human Development, Inc., Phoenix, AZ.; Children's Action Alliance, Phoenix, AZ.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona