Since 2017, through the Resilient Oakland Communities and Kids (ROCK) initiative, Oakland Starting Smart and Strong (OSSS) has been building knowledge about resilience, trauma and its impact on children, and self-care for educators. Examples of ROCK supports for early childhood educators include: in person and virtual trainings, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), educator coaching, yoga, and self care resources.
Developmental Screening in Oakland: Recommendations for an Inclusive and Effective System
As we discussed in a previous blog post, developmental screening helps families understand a child’s development, celebrate milestones, and identify supports for delays in development. Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), First 5 Alameda County/Help Me Grow (HMG) and other partners have been expanding access to developmental screenings for young children in Oakland.
Early childhood is a pivotal time to provide the supports our children need to grow into strong adults who can reach their potential. Oakland Starting Smart and Strong is working to ensure that young children are screened for developmental, social and cognitive needs, and that necessary services are provided to meet those needs.
In this blog post we highlight how OSSS and our partners at Oakland Unified School District, with the support of Help Me Grow/First 5 Alameda, have successfully scaled developmental screenings at all OUSD Child Development Centers, providing valuable information to parents and providers alike. In a future post we’ll share information about a research study on developmental screening practices across Oakland.
Early childhood educators and providers looking for guidance on supporting better outcomes for young boys of color have a new resource.
“10 Promising Practices in Early Learning for Black Boys: Action Toolkit” is a practical guide for how to address institutional racism that impacts young Black boys and create equitable learning environments that serve the needs of all children. Published by the Boys of Color workgroup, the Toolkit expands on key strategies for improving educational equity that were featured in the workshop “Improving Early Learning Outcomes for Boys of Color: 10 Promising Practices.”