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					State of Island County
   Children & Youth
        Summit


  Partners for Young Children:
     Subcommittee of ICCC
    2009 Data Presentation
     Summit Goals & Outcomes

                     Connections for Kids

Connections with        Connections with      Connections with
  community               information             actions


  Weaving a safety       Absorbing recent    Finding new ways
        net                 changes           to work together


      Meet 3 new           Identify 3 new    Commit to 3
       people            facts you learned   action steps
  Why is a Focus on Early Childhood
             Important?
School readiness, as well as
  life-long success, is
  dependent on children‟s
  early environments and
  care because they are
  growing faster, in every
  way, than they will at any
  other time in their life.
      The Consequences of Poor Early
                Learning
►   A child who is not ready
    and starts kindergarten    ►   “It appears that cognitive
    behind other children,         abilities are set into a
    tends to stay behind           trajectory of a certain level
    throughout school.             before children start
                                   school. Early brain
                                   development is so
                                   important that risk factors
                                   in first grade predict
                                   dropout nearly as well as
                                   risk factors in high school.”
                               James Heckman-Nobel Award
                                 winning economist
   Washington State Legislative
            Mandate
The first goal of the Washington Learns‟ Ten-Year
  Goals for a World-Class Education System:

“1. Parents will be their child‟s first and best
  teachers, and will have the support they need to
  help their children „learn to learn‟ in their first
  years of life.”
WA State Kids Matter Framework
1.   Social, emotional &
     mental health
2.   Parenting information &
     support
3.   Access to insurance &
     medical care
4.   Early learning
     environments
Who are we talking about?

     ► 5016children under age 5 in Island
      County (2007)
        2640 0-5 year-olds are military
     ► Eachyear IC welcomes about 950
      new babies
        42% of these are first babies
        3.6% will be low birth weight
        10% are born to teen moms
         (decreasing since 2002, teen
         pregnancy rate 40 per 1000)
       Who are we talking about?

► In2007, IC had 12.7% children
  ages 0-18 (n=2,256) living in
  poverty which is less than
  $22,050 for a family of four.

► Average  number of children using
  child care subsidy - 346/mo

► Many  mothers are in the
  WorkFirst Program and must find
  childcare for infants as young as
  three months.
           How Are We Doing?
► Data   sources
   Summary of responses sent in by Summit
    participants
   CCR&R 2007 report
   CHAB Key Health Indicators
   Kindergarten survey & educators‟ assessment
Are IC children ready for school?
   ►   A survey of Washington kindergarten teachers in 2004
       found that more than half of children entering school were
       not ready.
   ►   IC school staff report that:
         Most kindergarten children reach their academic benchmarks
          when they are socially & emotionally ready to start school
         Not all 5 year-olds are ready to begin school
         Kids coming into school not knowing their letters and
          sounds start out at a disadvantage.
         Reading curriculums at the elementary level are
          becoming more demanding, thus children need to know
          more academically when they begin school.
         Kindergarten parent readiness supports success for
          children.
What educators wish children knew
 before beginning kindergarten

         •   Pre-academic skills
         •   Academic skills
         •   Social skills
         •   Communication skills
         •   Self-help skills
         •   Emotional skills
        School Readiness Begins
                at Birth

► 147  infants are born into “high risk” homes
► 24% of pregnant women receive no prenatal
  care or delay care until after the first trimester
  (2007).
► 12% of women who smoke during their
  pregnancy (2007).
► Infant care is challenging to find & costs on
  average $8700/year.
► Children receiving vaccines that have been
  recommended by at least 5 years or school
  entrance (Priority Key Health Indicator -3)
       School Readiness Emerges in
           Preschool-age years
►   Over the last 5 years, the number of
    licensed facilities decreased overall by
    11% (8 programs), with a net increase
    in the last two years.
►   Expulsions from childcare and
    preschool are increasing dramatically.
►   24 Early Head start slots; 57 HS for a
    total of 81 spots
►   Childcare quality is good or very good
    (Key Health Indicator -1)
►   Reading to child (Key Health Indicator
    -1)
►   Screen time (Key Health Indicator -1)
Families of Young Children
         ►   2055 children ages 0-4 have families
             that fall into the “overburdened” or “at-
             risk” categories (2007: Office of Financial
             Management, population estimates, 2008).

         ►   220 families in Island County families
             (140 families and 80 child only)
             participated in Temporary Assistance for
             Needy Families (TANF, 2008).

         ►   For a family with an infant and a
             preschooler in full-time care, the
             cost represents 24-27% of the
             median annual household
             income.
         ►   Unemployment and deployment
             are affecting many IC families
             A Look in Our Toolbox
► Services we are celebrating
    The Island County Children‟s commission
    Sales tax-funded mental health counselors in the schools
    Kids Dream
    Foster Parent Liaison
    Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN)
    Homeless Liaisons in Districts
► Services that have gone away
    History of parent education position
    Funding for foster children over age 18 is being cut from the state
      budget – the area will be facing an increase in youth homelessness in
      the near future
    Frozen funding for Family Reconciliation Services
    Readiness To Learn funding is threatened
    Losing supports for Relatives as Parents program
    There will be fewer Parenting Classes available
    Maternity Support Services in danger
    Health and Safety Networks funding is threatened
    Family Preservation services funding threatened
    Public health, mental health and disability services (yet to be
      determined)
       We know what works …
► Economists   and educators have found that
  investments in high-quality early learning,
  especially for at-risk children, yield significant
  benefits.
► $8 were saved for every $1 invested in early
  learning, as the costs of remedial education,
  special education, abuse and neglect, health
  care, school drop-out rates, teen pregnancy,
  crime, and incarceration were all significantly
  reduced. Perry Preschool Project
    Where do we go from here?
Early childhood investments
  are a starting place for
  developing a high-quality,
  aligned system that ensures
  all children develop a solid
  foundation.


“Partners for Young
  Children” invites
  you to participate.

				
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