I chose to learn more about the Zero to Three website http://www.zerotothree.org/ .
This site is design to provide information on issues facing infants and their families.
The section I read this week, had to do with Public Policy and how to advocate for positive changes for infants and families.
The site offers tool kits for people to down load that gives the updates of laws and Public policy that affects young children. I joined their public policy alert site, this should sent me emails when there is an opportunity to let officials know how I feel about new laws.
I have always looked to the Zero to Three website for brain development information but I was surprised to find out home much of there site is dedicated to the support of Federal and State policies.
The issue I studied on the site talked about the effect of toxic stress on children. We have touched on these issues in some of the classes we have taken recently. When we do not provide resources for parents who are suffering with stress, financial, health, job loss etc, that increases the stress we place on the children in their homes. Chronic stress in a child's life will have long lasting effects on their social-emotional development as well as how they learn to react to stress. There is a growing number of families in this country who are homeless. The children in these families are at an extremely high risk for Chronic and toxic stress. Working to positively change public policy to increase resources for these families is one one way to help children live happier healthier lives.