Links

The following organizations and government entities are aligned with The Whiteman Foundation’s mission.

Heckman Equation

James J. Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago, a Nobel Memorial Prize winner in Economics, and an expert in the economics of human development. His groundbreaking work with a consortium of economists, developmental psychologists, sociologists, statisticians and neuroscientists has proven that the quality of early childhood development heavily influences health, economic and social outcomes for individuals and society at large. Heckman has proven that there are great economic gains to be had by investing in the early childhood development.

Center on the Developing Child

Drawing on the full breadth of intellectual resources available across Harvard University’s schools and affiliated hospitals, the Center on the Developing Child generates, translates, and applies knowledge in the service of improving life outcomes for children in the United States and throughout the world.

UNC Child Development Institute

The FPG Child Development Institute, a multidisciplinary institute at UNC-Chapel Hill, recognizes that every child deserves a safe, healthy, and stimulating childhood. Our work is dedicated to making this a reality for all children. FPG scientists study important issues facing young children and their families and use this information to enhance policy and improve practice. Our goal is to ensure that all children have a strong foundation for academic success and full participation as caring and responsible citizens of a multicultural world.

First Five Years Fund

The First Five Years Fund is committed to improving the lives of at-risk children by leveraging cost-effective investments in early learning. FFYF aims to focus nationwide attention and resources on comprehensive, quality early care and learning programs for children from birth to age five.

Committee for Economic Development

Throughout its 65-year history, the Committee for Economic Development has addressed national priorities that promote sustained economic growth and development to benefit all Americans. These activities have helped shape the future on issues ranging from the Marshall Plan in the late 1940s, to education reform in the past two decades, and campaign finance reform since 2000.

Educare of Omaha

Educare is a state-of-the-art early childhood center that provides all-day, year-round care and education for economically disadvantaged children from birth to age 5. Educare of Omaha is dedicated to helping families raise strong and healthy children. The organization asserts the best way to do this is to form a partnership with families and children. These partnerships are based on mutual trust, understanding, respect and common goals.

Ellis Center for Educational Excellence

The mission of the Ellis Center is to promote comprehensive education improvement at the district level in Arizona. Partnerships will be formed with select K-12 districts to plan and implement systemic reform in key areas of education practice, including the institutionalization of higher academic expectations; improved alignment of standards, curriculum and assessment; teacher training; pedagogical innovation; school leadership development; parental and community engagement; better elementary, high school and college interface; and many other components of education “systems.”

First Things First

The vision for First Thing First is to ensure all Arizona children from birth through age 5 are afforded opportunities to achieve their maximum potential to succeed in school and life. Its mission is to increase the quality of, and access to, the early childhood development and health system that ensures a child entering school comes healthy and ready to succeed.

Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Family

The Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families (GOCYF) is responsible for distributing approximately $20 million in state and federal funds each year. Public and private sector organizations that address one or more of the issues identified by GOCYF can apply for these funds. Grants are then awarded through a formal application process.

Helios Foundation

Helios Education Foundation is the largest nonprofit organization serving Arizona and Florida focused solely on education, and is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education. Its roots are in education and helping individuals gain access to postsecondary programs. The foundation’s community investments are made across three impact areas: early childhood education, the transition years (grades 5 through 12) and postsecondary scholarships. Since its inception in 2004, the foundation has invested more than $51 million in education-related programs and initiatives across both states.

Kids Count

Founded in 1948, the primary mission of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the foundation makes grants that help states, cities and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost effective responses to these needs.

National Association for Gifted Children

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An estimated 3 million gifted children sit in classrooms across the U.S. today. Because learning styles and levels vary widely, the needs of “smart kids” are far too often overlooked in the logical quest to meet minimum standards. For more than 50 years, NAGC has worked to increase public awareness about these issues and to affect positive change.

National Center for Education Statistics

The purpose of the National Center for Education Statistics’ Web site is to provide clear, complete information about NCES’s mission and activities, and to serve the research, education and other interested communities.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy and program development worldwide.

New Directions Institute

New Directions was founded in 1998 to share important messages about brain development so that parents could take advantage of the critically important window of opportunity that occurs in infancy. The nonprofit has become a foremost authority on early learning and is consulted by organizations across the nation. In 2006, New Directions Institute merged with Arizona’s Children Association. Arizona’s Children Association, the oldest and largest child welfare and behavioral health agency in the state and one of the largest in the country.

Ounce of Prevention

Founded in 1982 in Chicago, Ill., as a partnership between private donors and the state of Illinois, the Ounce of Prevention Fund strives to give children who are born into poverty a chance for success in school and in life. Decades of research in neuroscience, child development, crime prevention and economics confirm that learning begins well before kindergarten, and that investing in children during their earliest weeks, months and years produces the greatest returns to families and to society.

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a national nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud in pediatric exam rooms across the nation.

Southwest Human Development

For nearly 30 years, Southwest Human Development has reached out to children and families in Arizona with comprehensive and innovative early childhood services. From small beginnings — a staff of six serving 175 children and families — Southwest has grown into the state’s largest early childhood provider with a staff of more than 570 serving close to 70,000 children and families each year.

Documents & Publications

The following is a sampling of the vast resources available to parents, teachers, lawmakers and others interested in early childhood needs. It was our intent to make the search process a bit easier. If you find other resources you feel are valuable and insightful, please send us an e-mail.

Studies and Reports:

Juvenile Justice Bulletin

This fact sheet reveals the benefits of early childhood intervention in the prevention of later delinquency.

Interview with Dr. Todd Risley

Dr. Todd Risley, a passionate advocate for children, in collaboration with Dr. Betty Hart, led the most comprehensive research project ever conducted on the home language-learning experiences of young children.

News Report: Yale University Infant Cognition Center Study

Babies as young as 6 to 10 months old showed crucial social judging skills before they could talk, according to a study by researchers at Yale University’s Infant Cognition Center published in the journal Nature.

Interview with Arthur J. Rolnick

As evidence mounts from neuroscience, school readiness, student performance, crime, workplace productivity and numerous other dimensions, Arthur J. Rolnick, senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and an associate economist with the Federal Open Market Committee shares his complimentary economic arguments.

Overlooked Gems: A National Perspective on Low-Income Promising Learners

This conference brought together the research community as well as the practitioners who work directly with the target population in classroom settings. (Please start on page 14 for the Hodgkinson study).

University of Chicago Release: Early Opportunities More Important than Scholarships In Determining who goes to College

Special government scholarship programs do little to boost college attendance among disadvantaged students because family factors and college preparation have greater influence on whether students go to college, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Chicago.

University of Chicago Release: Childhood-learning research results suggest invest early, intervene throughout kids’ adolescent years

While studies have shown that disadvantaged children benefit from high-quality preschool programs, new research shows children would benefit even more from additional tutoring and mentoring during their elementary and high school years.

The Georgia Early Childhood Study, 2001-2004

The study measured children’s skills and behaviors that indicate the extent to which the children are prepared for success in school, including language and communication skills, cognitive development, health/physical well-being, social behaviors, and attitudes toward school and learning.

Invest Now or Pay More Later: Early Childhood Education Promises Savings to Pennsylvania School Districts

This publication, based upon a variety of national studies and studies in other states (especially Ohio), as well as preliminary data on pre-K investments in Pennsylvania, concludes that school districts in the Commonwealth will benefit from such investments, as will their communities and the state as a whole.

The Cost and Benefits of Universal Preschool in California

The RAND Corporation was asked to estimate costs and benefits of implementing universal pre-K in California, assuming a high level of program quality.

Early Childhood Education: Do Enthusiasts Exaggerate What It Can Do?

The Center of the American Experiment is a nonpartisan, tax-exempt, public policy and educational institution that brings conservative and free market ideas to bear on the hardest problems facing Minnesota and the nation.

American Early Childhood Education: Preventing or Perpetuating Inequity?

This paper discusses early childhood education’s successes as well as its failures, noting that depending on where children live, how much money their parents have, the color of their skin, and their access to and experiences in early childhood, settings vary dramatically.

Early Reading to Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers: Why Read Aloud?

In Slovakia, as in many other countries, reading is on the decline, as is the number of parents reading aloud to their young children. This is resulting in an increasing number of children inadequately prepared to start school.

University of Maryland Hospital for Children

There is more to the University of Maryland Hospital for Children (UMHC) than pediatric beds and state-of-the-art equipment. UMHC’s dedicated professionals are skilled at addressing children’s unique psychological, emotional and physical needs. That is why UMHC offers children and their families an array of special services.

High Scope Educational Research Foundation: Early Reading First

The Growing Readers Early Literacy Curriculum is a comprehensive set of detailed plans for more than 90 teacher-led small-group activities and an accompanying children’s book collection. The activities actively engage and instruct young children in literacy comprehension, phonological awareness, alphabetic principle and concepts about print.

Reading Tips

Parents can make reading with their children part of the daily routine. Check out these suggestions for making reading together a pleasurable experience.

Families:

The Neuroscience of Nurturing Neurons: An Interview with Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff

Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development and founding director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. He also chairs the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, a multidisciplinary collaboration comprising leading scholars in neuroscience, developmental psychology, pediatrics and economics, whose mission is to bring sound and accurate science to bear on public decision-making affecting the lives of young children.

The Science of Early Childhood Development: Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do

Beyond its intrinsic value as a compelling moral responsibility, the healthy development of all young children benefits all of society by providing a solid foundation for responsible citizenship, economic productivity, strong communities, sustainable democracy and a healthy adult population.

Mesa United Way: Ready to Learn Activities

The message is simple but worth reinforcing: Pleasant interactions will help “wire” a baby’s brain correctly; other kinds (either negative or neglectful) will “wire” it incorrectly. What can be done to ensure the healthy brain development of our children?

Child Care Subsidies:

Child Care Subsidy Policies and Practices: Implications for Child Care Providers

Child care subsidies help low-income families defray some or all of the costs of purchasing care from child care providers in the larger child care market, the Urban Institute reports.

North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services: Child Care Subsidy Services

In North Carolina, two-thirds of mothers with children under age 6 are in the workforce. The need for affordable child care is an economic necessity for this state. Studies that followed children from their preschool years to adulthood have found that receiving a high-quality early childhood education significantly improved the scholastic success and educational attainments of children of low income families.

University of Chicago Release: Enriching education throughout childhood pays big dividends for disadvantaged

While studies have shown that disadvantaged children benefit from high-quality preschool programs, they would benefit even more if they had additional tutoring and mentoring during their elementary and high school years, according to research at the University of Chicago.

Arizona’s Education Crisis:

KIDS Count Census Data

Arizona data regarding population and housing totals, key indicators of child well-being and selected key indicators of child well-being, 1990-2000.

KIDS Count Data

Key Arizona data regarding overall rankings, low-birth-weight babies, infant mortality, child and teen deaths, and more.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Education Report Card

Check out this state-by-state report card on educational effectiveness.

84th Arizona Town Hall: Pre-K – 12 Education: Choices for Arizona’s Future

The future of education is one of Arizona’s and our nation’s most important challenges. Perhaps no other aspect of public life has the same universal impact as education. Most citizens have spent years in schools, coming to a comfortable familiarity with the way things “ought” to be, or at least the way things were in their experience.

Doctors Say:

The Amazing Human Brain and Human Development

The lessons in this course will teach you how the incredible mass of tissue in our skull’s functions make us the thinking, talking, feeling creatures we are.

The Neuroscience of Nurturing Neurons: An Interview with Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff

Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development and founding director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. He also chairs the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, a multidisciplinary collaboration comprising leading scholars in neuroscience, developmental psychology, pediatrics and economics, whose mission is to bring sound and accurate science to bear on public decision-making affecting the lives of young children.

New York Times: Eating Well

Researchers say there is increasing evidence that some powdered infant formulas are deficient in a key ingredient babies need for optimal development, but the experts emphasize this is not a cause for panic.

Local:

The Rodel Foundation

The Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona, established in 1999, is not a traditional grant-making foundation. Instead, the foundation enables a team of leaders, concerned citizens and key educators, working in partnership with others, to bring about greatness in our public schools.

Mesa United Way: Helping Kids Succeed

Contributions to Mesa United Way help support programs for children and youth by providing education, counseling, training, safe shelters and support services for foster children and those graduating out of the foster care system. For children ages 0 to 5, supported services include quality early care centers, parent and guardian training and supports.

Mesa United Way: Ready to Learn Activities

The message is simple but worth reinforcing: Pleasant interactions will help “wire” a baby’s brain correctly; other kinds (either negative or neglectful) will “wire” it incorrectly. What can be done to ensure the healthy brain development of our children?

Inside NAU: Grant Spurs Childhood Development Collaborative Effort in Northern Arizona

Arizona’s younger citizens might not be thinking about their future yet, but a team in northern Arizona is already collaborating on ways to help ensure their eventual success. Thanks to a $165,000 grant from the Helios Education Foundation, a shared effort is under way to develop a model for early childhood developmental programs that put youth on the right track for academic success.

United Way of Northern Arizona

United Way of Northern Arizona has identified three key initiatives to address critical needs in our community: Learning, Empowering and Caring. Through continued resource development as well as expanded collaboration and partnership we are able to strengthen our focus on developing education (Learning), encouraging self-sufficiency (Empowering), and providing a community safety net (Caring).

84th Arizona Town Hall: Pre-K – 12 Education: Choices for Arizona’s Future

The future of education is one of Arizona’s and our nation’s most important challenges. Perhaps no other aspect of public life has the same universal impact as education. Most citizens have spent years in schools, coming to a comfortable familiarity with the way things “ought” to be, or at least the way things were in their experience.

Helios Foundation

Helios Education Foundation is the largest nonprofit organization serving Arizona and Florida focused solely on education, and is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education. Its roots are in education and helping individuals gain access to postsecondary programs. The foundation’s community investments are made across three impact areas: early childhood education, the transition years (grades 5 through 12) and postsecondary scholarships. Since its inception in 2004, the foundation has invested more than $51 million in education-related programs and initiatives across both states.

Ellis Center for Educational Excellence

The mission of the Ellis Center is to promote comprehensive education improvement at the district level in Arizona. Partnerships will be formed with select K-12 districts to plan and implement systemic reform in key areas of education practice, including the institutionalization of higher academic expectations; improved alignment of standards, curriculum and assessment; teacher training; pedagogical innovation; school leadership development; parental and community engagement; better elementary, high school and college interface; and many other components of education “systems.”

First Things First

The vision for First Thing First is to ensure all Arizona children from birth through age 5 are afforded opportunities to achieve their maximum potential to succeed in school and life. Its mission is to increase the quality of, and access to, the early childhood development and health system that ensures a child entering school comes healthy and ready to succeed.

Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Family

The Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families (GOCYF) is responsible for distributing approximately $20 million in state and federal funds each year. Public and private sector organizations that address one or more of the issues identified by GOCYF can apply for these funds. Grants are then awarded through a formal application process.

New Directions Institute

New Directions was founded in 1998 to share important messages about brain development so that parents could take advantage of the critically important window of opportunity that occurs in infancy. The nonprofit has become a foremost authority on early learning and is consulted by organizations across the nation. In 2006, New Directions Institute merged with Arizona’s Children Association. Arizona’s Children Association, the oldest and largest child welfare and behavioral health agency in the state and one of the largest in the country.

Southwest Human Development

For nearly 30 years, Southwest Human Development has reached out to children and families in Arizona with comprehensive and innovative early childhood services. From small beginnings — a staff of six serving 175 children and families — Southwest has grown into the state’s largest early childhood provider with a staff of more than 570 serving close to 70,000 children and families each year.