A Bronx Tale: Partnering from Cradle to Career

As state economies tank and ECE moves lower on the policy agenda—our President mentioned nada about early childhood in his State of the Union—we need some cheering up. So here’s a quick update on collaboration and synergy, from early to higher education, in the Bronx.

But first, some hard, cold data:

40 percent of children in the Bronx live in poverty, the highest poverty rating of all boroughs. Ranking New York City’s communities by risks to child well-being (economic, health, safety, community life, education), Mott Haven and Hunts Point pose the greatest risk, with Fordham, East . . . Read full article →

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Emotional Intelligence, Ascending

Emotional intelligence is on my mind. Yesterday, my copy of Young Children (YC) arrived, with a great lineup of promising resources, under the rubric “Emotional Intelligence: A 21st Century Skill for Children and Adults.” Among the goodies: Amy Dombro, et al, holding forth on “Powerful Interactions,” or those that involve intentional connection to guide children’s learning; Holly Elissa Bruno ‘s “The Neurobiology of Emotional Intelligence,” which explores the origins of “losing it,” or adult-sized regulation; and “Ten Tips for Coaching Adults,” by Rebecca Ruth Curtis and colleagues, which explores the emotional underpinnings of effective professional development.

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Hope for the Future: Professional Development in Arizona

In the wake of the tragedy in Arizona—an “unspeakable act,” as our President so aptly declared—I’ve struggled with this post, our first communication of the new year. After the long holiday hiatus, I was looking forward to greeting you with all best wishes for 2011, and, of course, that still holds. I had also planned to report back to you on ZERO TO THREE’s National Training Institute (NTI), which, as it so happens, celebrated its 25th anniversary last month—in Phoenix, Arizona.

After much back-and-forth , I’ve decided to go forward with my plan. As Arizona . . . Read full article →

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