Thursday, December 11
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Fun 2 Learn Preschool
5942 Orange Ave
Long Beach, 90805
$15.00 per person
Californians Support Common Core
The Common Core State Standards were approved back in 2010 by California policymakers on a bi-partisan basis and with widespread support from educators and stakeholders. Since then, districts and teachers have been reviewing and revising how they engage students and teach them new approaches to learning, including a greater use of analysis, critical thinking, and real-world skills. The standards set high expectations for students to help ensure they graduate from high school ready for college, career, and civic life.
Unfortunately, there are efforts by some to reject the updated standards, which would be a giant step backwards in educating our kids. Through the Children’s Movement, we can demonstrate the strong support for Common Core that exists in California and that these standards are good for our kids, our schools, and our state’s future.
Please indicate your support for keeping California on track with its implementation of Common Core by signing on to the support statement.
The Social Womb Video (from For Our Babies)
Written and narrated by J. Ronald Lally, this 6-minute video depicts the need for babies, once born, to be cared for in a “social womb” that provides the nurturance, protection, and enrichment essential to the healthy development of their still-growing brains. Lally presents three key policy recommendations for ensuring creation of this kind of supportive setting: paid leave, home visiting, and high-quality infant care.Additional information about the need for a social womb is available in Lally’s book,For Our Babies: Ending the Invisible Neglect of America’s Infants, available from WestEd and also in The Social Womb, a paper that is downloadable for free on www.ForOurBabies.org.
The Raising of America Launch Events (from For Our Babies)
For Our Babies recently co-sponsored a launch event in San Diego, CA to “sneak preview” the PBS documentary The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of the Nation.
Over 300 community members gathered at the San Diego Central Library to watch the film and listen to a moderated discussion panel including Congresswoman Susan A. Davis; Suzanne Flint, Library Programs Consultant, California State Library; Pradeep Gidwani, M.D., M.P. H. of the America Academy of Pediatrics; and Teresa Wolownik, Senior Director of Benefits and Health Services, Qualcomm Inc. You can read details about this successful event on our blog.
Organizations nationwide are invited to convene similar events to preview the PBS documentary “Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of the Nation”which is due out in Spring 2015.