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NOVEMBER 2018 / In this issue:



  • EXCITED: Our new website went live.
  • GRATEFUL: Jordana Ferreira joined our team
  • PLEASED: The All Network Meeting was a big success.


  • Grant Opportunity: Family Math
  • Resources for Download: ECAS Team Updates
  • Stay Connected: We have new email addresses
  • Kindergarten readiness begins even before birth


We are excited.

Our team has been working to create a new online presence to be an inspiring representation of our network and to provide a shared space for important updates and successes. We included team pages, resources and tools, a calendar, etc. We hope you will take a moment to visit our new website.
It's there for you!

We are grateful.

What fortunate timing to welcome Jordana Ferreira as the new lead producer to our ECAS teams. Jordana brings a keen interest in early brain development and the power of advocacy to improve outcomes for young children and their families. She has long worked in human services. Most recently, she served as Associate Director of PATCH, the State of Hawai‘i’s designated Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. Please help us welcome Jordana.
You will be hearing from her!

We are pleased.

A big thank you to the nearly 100 participants who braved the big storms to meet at Ko`olau Ballroom October 30th for the fall Early Childhood Action Strategy All Network Meeting. Ko`olau lost power in much of their facility that day. But with the windows open, there was enough of a breeze to keep things cool, and their famous bread pudding came out of the oven before power went down!

We celebrated the successes of each of the Action Strategy teams, and received updates from the Executive Office on Early Learning and Hawai`i Childrenʻs Action Network. Partners in the network exchanged "luck" to strengthen their efforts, and met new colleagues. Finally, our training that day was led by Nicole Littenberg, Puni Jackson and Danny Goya who used the tradition of Clearing the Estuary to help the ECAS Network think about how to provide trauma-informed care to children and families who are dealing with adverse experiences.

Both the sharing that took place, and the follow up evaluations speak to the gratitude of the Network for the training and perspective.


Grant Opportunity

The Family Math Learning Community Grants, an initiative of the Family Math Roadmap Implementation Project, seeks to close early math opportunity gaps by increasing the use of home and community practices that support Family Math. Funders: Overdeck Family Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, CME Group Foundation. ACT NOW: Short online LOI is due on Nov 16th.

Resources for Download

Slides from our All Network Fall Meeting will be available on our website shortly. Our trainers, Nicole Littenberg, Puni Jackson and Danny Goya, will share their slides on the website as well. Please check the RESOURCE section of our website in one week.

Download available now: ECAS Team Updates, October 2018

Kindergarten Readiness Starts Prenatally

by NICHQ President and CEO Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP

During the early years of life, a baby’s brain grows at its most rapid rate, doubling in size in the first year and nearly reaching its full size by age three. And if you think that is rapid growth, imagine that the brain gains a third of its size in the last five weeks of pregnancy!  

This period of rapid development—both in terms of size and complexity—lays the foundation for children’s future success at school; it prepares them to read and write, form friendships, and discover their strengths. 

Not all children have an equal chance to achieve healthy brain development though. There are large gaps in kindergarten readiness among children living in poverty whose families have less resources, and approximately six out of 10 children across the U.S. start kindergarten not ready to learn. Addressing those disparities means recognizing that, from the earliest moments of life, children’s health and development is entirely dependent on their families. It means seeking solutions that address the health and well-being of both caregiver and child, rather than looking at the two separately. 

Read the full article here.

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