ECI Monday Musings 11-13-18

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Welcome to the ECI Monday Musings.  It is a compilation of information, practical advice, training announcements, and/or success stories.  Monday Musings is intended to disseminate information to Early Childhood Iowa Stakeholders in a timely fashion.  (We may on occasion send out a separate newsfeed with information if it needs immediate attention or if for a specific audience.)

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Topics for November 13, 2018, 2018

  •  “The Evolution of Child Care and Where YOU Fit In”
  • Job Announcement: First Children’s Finance: Business Development Specialist
  • Portal Refresh
  • Ways to Promote Cultural Diversity and Inclusion (Federal Office of Child Care)
  • The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children
  • Recorded Webinar - Having Conversations about Race, Bias, and Equity:


State News

“The Evolution of Child Care and Where YOU Fit In”

The Department of Human Services(DHS) is offering a new training opportunity. Hear from DHS on the evolution of child care services in Iowa over the years and where YOU fit into the puzzle of early childhood development. Join us for a 2-hour professional development opportunity to discuss the history of child care, early childhood brain development, how you are supporting the workforce, and why you are so important to us. Trainings scheduled as of 10/1/18: 2018 Fall Institute 10/5/18 Waterloo 10/10/18 Dubuque 10/11/18 Fort Dodge 10/16/18 Creston 10/18/18 Cedar Rapids 1/14/19 Burlington 4/4/19 For more details about the training and to enroll please use the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry:

Job Announcement: First Children’s Finance: Business Development Specialist

Join our team! First Children’s Finance is adding a full-time Business Development Specialist (BDS) to work throughout Iowa. Supervised by the Regional Director, the BDS carries out child care business training, business consulting, community consulting, loan fund, and business development programs. Founded in 1991, First Children’s Finance is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to increase the sustainability and supply of quality child care. For the position description and how to apply, go to: Portal Refresh

The Iowa Office of Chief Information Officer is pleased to share the portal style sheet has been updated to reflect the guidance and feedback from citizens and the Citizen Engagement subcommittee.  

The new style provides for the ability to promote more information and services so citizens can quickly find information.

The periodic update of the Portal style sheet helps keep the website fresh and is intended to help citizens have a positive experience with   

The refreshed style sheet includes the ability for the posting of an alert which we have turned on to highlight Disaster Recovery resources.   The content from the old style sheet is all available on the new style sheet, we've just brightened up the site and expanded the information we can highlight. The style sheet highlights services in the following categories: Business, Government, Health, Education, and General resources.  Our old style sheet supported the promotion of 29 services or links where the new style has over 80 links!


Federal News

Ways to Promote Cultural Diversity and Inclusion (Federal Office of Child Care)

Early childhood programs increasingly serve children and families from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. In the United States, half of all young children are children of color; 25 percent are Hispanic or Latino, 14 percent are Black or African American, and 8 percent are Asian, bi- or multiracial or Native American.1 These children represent families with multiple sets of values, belief systems, and traditions. Early childhood providers can meet the unique needs of the families they serve by becoming culturally competent. According to the National Center for Cultural Competence, being culturally competent means doing the following:

  • Adopting a consistent set of behaviors, attitudes, policies, structures, and practices that come together as a system, which allows them to work effectively in cross-cultural situations;
  • Identifying and understanding the diverse needs of individuals and families; and
  • Designing and implementing services that are tailored to the unique needs of children and families in the communities they serve.

Whether in centers or homes, early childhood programs must also ensure that their practices and policies respect and preserve the culture, values, traditions, and home languages of children, families, and staff. This means doing the following:

  • Hiring bilingual or bicultural or multilingual or multicultural staff as needed;
  • Offering materials in children and families’ home languages;
  • Using assistive technology devices and sign language interpretation services when needed; and
  • Printing materials that are easy to read and in alternative formats

To visit the Nation Center for Cultural Competence:

Other News

The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children

 Michael Yogman, MD, FAAP,  Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP, Jeffrey Hutchinson, MD, FAAP,  Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD,  Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD,  COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH, COUNCIL ON COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA

Children need to develop a variety of skill sets to optimize their development and manage toxic stress. Research demonstrates that developmentally appropriate play with parents and peers is a singular opportunity to promote the social-emotional, cognitive, language, and self-regulation skills that build executive function and a prosocial brain. Furthermore, play supports the formation of the safe, stable, and nurturing relationships with all caregivers that children need to thrive. Play is not frivolous: it enhances brain structure and function and promotes executive function (ie, the process of learning, rather than the content), which allow us to pursue goals and ignore distractions. When play and safe, stable, nurturing relationships are missing in a child’s life, toxic stress can disrupt the development of executive function and the learning of prosocial behavior; in the presence of childhood adversity, play becomes even more important. The mutual joy and shared communication and attunement (harmonious serve and return interactions) that parents and children can experience during play regulate the body’s stress response. This clinical report provides pediatric providers with the information they need to promote the benefits of play and and to write a prescription for play at well visits to complement reach out and read. At a time when early childhood programs are pressured to add more didactic components and less playful learning, pediatricians can play an important role in emphasizing the role of a balanced curriculum that includes the importance of playful learning for the promotion of healthy child development.

To read the full report:  The Power of Play

Recorded Webinar - Having Conversations about Race, Bias, and Equity:

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations hosted a webinar in September. This webinar focused on race and implicit bias in in early childhood programs. Participants discussed the impact of racial bias on teaching, learning, perceptions of behaviors, and decision making in early childhood environments. Go to this website to view follow-up vlog video and related resource links.

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