Weekly News - August 15, 2016

Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor Leaving OEC 

MyraThe CT Early Childhood Alliance would like to take a moment to thank Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor for her dedication to Connecticut's young children as the first commissioner of the state's Office of Early Childhood. We wish you the best in your future endeavors. Dr. Jones-Taylor will leave her post as Commissioner effectiveSeptember 1. To read more about her departure, see articles in CT MirrorHartford Courant and CT NewsJunkie. Click HERE to read the Governor's press release.  

Can Breastfeeding Protect Against Childhood Obesity?  

(From the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine): A new NAM Perspective: Breastfeeding offers numerous health benefits to children and women globally. For this reason, international health organizations and American expert groups strongly support this infant feeding behavior. Given the high cost-effectiveness of breastfeeding in the United States, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology support exclusive breastfeeding for about six months, followed by the continuation of breastfeeding until the infant is one year old, once complementary foods are introduced at around six months. To read the perspective, click HERE.   

Zero to Three Survey on Parental Understanding of Early Years, Emotions

ZERO to THREE's recent National Parent Survey, Tuning Inshowed that parents have a general understanding that what happens in a child’s early years can last a lifetime. But, it turns out that many moms and dads don’t realize just how young babies and toddlers are when they can begin to feel complex emotions, and how deeply they are affected by their earliest experiences.  ZERO TO THREE has created a set of resources designed to help raise awareness about the critical importance of connections in the first months and years of babies’ lives. Click HERE for more information. 

Pathways to Quality Conference

The brochure is now available for the 2016 CAEYC "Pathways to Quality" Conference, scheduled for October 15 at the Radisson Inn in Cromwell. There is also a special 50th birthday celebration of CAEYC on October 14. For more information, click HERE.  

Let's Talk Teeth!

If your teeth could talk, what would they say? Find out with COHI's (CT Oral Health Initiative's) program, "Let's Talk Teeth." Presentations are targeted for specific audiences, including parents and families.

If you are interested in scheduling a presentation at your organization, or would like to volunteer and receive training on presenting this program, contact Mary at [email protected]. To learn more about "Let's Talk About Teeth," click HERE

CT Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) Needs Volunteers for Hartford Clinic

The Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) Free Dental Clinic is coming up on September 16 and 17 at the XL Center in Hartford and they are still in need of volunteers in all areas of the clinic. 

All volunteers must be at least 18 years old to volunteer in patient treatment areas. Volunteers who are 16 or 17 years of age will only be allowed to volunteer in non-clinical areas or on set-up and breakdown days. To volunteer, click HERE.  DEADLINE to register to volunteer is August 21.

Support for the Alliance comes from of our members and our funders: The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, Connecticut Health Foundation, Children's Fund of Connecticut, Connecticut Community Foundation, and The Eder Family Foundation.