The childhood organization that I selected, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, does not seem to have any outside links. The “outside” links that they have lead to other offspring of their own efforts under the tab called Activities. In their website, their Activities tab includes a portfolio that includes initiatives, activities, and projects. All the links are to their internal Resources such as reports/working papers, briefs, multimedia, tools & guides, and articles & books.
There is a working paper #7 that somewhat addresses this week’s topic of equity in early care and education. The paper asks the following question: what kind of work supports matter most for improving child well-being? Frequently, some of the anti-poverty policies have unintended and negative consequences, so they suggested that we need to understand how our effort to improve adult workforce participation can have positive and negative outcomes for children.
There are two kinds of policies for families: make work pay by increasing both work and total family income and simply mandate work. The former has more positive outcomes for the children’s school achievements.
The mandate to work will cause families to have reduced income from other sources whereas the “make work pay” will actually increase the family’s income. Typically, a family can increase their income by $1500-$2000. That’s a lot of money for families living in poverty.
How do children generally improve as a result of their families’ “make work pay policy? Not only do their school performances improve, but their social behaviors.
Again, child care supports is an effective factor in children’s early school success. The make pay work policy would enable more families to afford center-based care which we know has more high-quality standards.
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2011). Issues and trends in the early childhood field: . Baltimore, MD: Author.
National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation. (2008). Workforce development, welfare reform, and child well-being: Working paper #7. Retrieved April 2015from: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/index.php/resources/reports_and_working_papers/working_papers/forum_wp1/