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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

NH Youth Engagement Framework

In the summer of 2016, the Endowment for Health and the NH Department of Education’s Bureau of Student Wellness (BSW) unveiled four White Papers that had been commissioned to identify the strengths and weaknesses of New Hampshire’s family and youth engagement programs, and recommended best practices in family and youth engagement . To put the recommendations of these background papers into action, the Institute on Disability, with support from the Endowment for Health and the NH Department of Education’s Bureau of Student Wellness, invited youth-led organizations from all over New Hampshire to form a Youth Engagement Leadership Team beginning in 2017. The Team met monthly for a year, reviewed the white papers, created a youth engagement network, and created the framework for Youth Engagement presented here. This framework can be used as a guide for developing and measuring youth engagement or leadership programs, initiatives, and activities.  

Monday, January 1, 2018

Promising Practices Guide

Communities across the state are working to ensure that young children have the strong foundation and support they need to thrive.  Some of the most innovative work is being led by NH's eleven regional early childhood initiatives.  The Guide shares challenges and successes in hopes of informing and inspiring other communities to replicate what works. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

FRCQ Infrastructure Support System Research

For decades New Hampshire has been home to an informal network of public and private organizations called Family Resource Centers that offer high quality services to strengthen children and their families.  In 2015 the legislature created performance standards and a voluntary designation system for programs serving children and their families.  Designated programs are called Family Resource Centers of Quality (FRCQ), with designation being based on the national Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support and NH Operational Standards for Family Resource Centers of Quality. The purpose of this report is to design a statewide infrastructure system that will support the sustained success of a system of FRCQ in the state.  The report recommends creation of a central facilitating organization operating collaboratively with others to offer services that will result in an expanded field of high quality services for families.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Investing in the Early Years

Investing in the Early Years, the Costs and Benefits of Investing in Early Childhood in New Hampshire

Drawing on an extensive body of economic and program evaluation research, a Rand study anayzes the costs and benefits of investing in evidence-based early childhood programs in New Hampshire.  Visit our website page for the report, presentation and other materials associated with this study.

 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

NH Leaders: Why I Care

 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Investing in NH’s Workforce: The Earlier, the Better

Investing in NH’s Workforce: The Earlier, the Better
Sunday, March 23, 2014

Why Babies Matter to Business

This is the first in a series of stories about early childhood education as a workforce issue written by Matt Mowry in Business NH Magazine that will run throughout the year examining the economic impact of early childhood education in NH. The article discusses how investing in the education of babies and toddlers is a wise use of resources.
Monday, February 3, 2014

Three Core Concepts in Early Development

Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation. This three-part video series from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.  The series depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.

1) Experiences Build Brain Architecture

This video is part one of a three-part series titled "Three Core Concepts in Early Development" from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.


The basic architecture of the brain is constructed through a process that begins early in life and continues into adulthood. Simpler circuits come first and more complex brain circuits build on them later. Genes provide the basic blueprint, but experiences influence how or whether genes are expressed. Together, they shape the quality of brain architecture and establish either a sturdy or a fragile foundation for all of the learning, health, and behavior that follow. Plasticity, or the ability for the brain to reorganize and adapt, is greatest in the first years of life and decreases with age.

 
2) Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Connectivity

This video is part two of a three-part series titled "Three Core Concepts in Early Development" from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

 

One of the most essential experiences in shaping the architecture of the developing brain is "serve and return" interaction between children and significant adults in their lives. Young children naturally reach out for interaction through babbling, facial expressions, and gestures, and adults respond with the same kind of vocalizing and gesturing back at them. This back-and-forth process is fundamental to the wiring of the brain, especially in the earliest years.

3) Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development

This video is part three of a three-part series titled "Three Core Concepts in Early Development" from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

 

Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy development. While moderate, short-lived stress responses in the body can promote growth, toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of protective adult support. Without caring adults to buffer children, the unrelenting stress caused by extreme poverty, neglect, abuse, or severe maternal depression can weaken the architecture of the developing brain, with long-term consequences for learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Compentencies

The New Hampshire Association for Infant Mental Health is pleased to provide the following professional competencies related to early childhood and family mental health. These professional competencies are intended to guide the preparation and ongoing professional development of service providers in various fields who have a role in supporting families with young children. The skills and knowledge necessary for promoting the social and emotional development of children and for recognizing and addressing mental health issues are the purview of multiple disciplines.
Friday, March 25, 2011

Early Childhood Matters, Invest in Us

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Change the First Five Years


If we invest in programs that promote learning beginning at birth, the statistics will change, the stories will change, the future will change.