There is evidence that children born during the pandemic are experiencing significant delays in cognitive, verbal, and motor development. These developmental gaps can be mitigated but need attention right away.
The Prenatal to Five Affinity Group meets bi-monthly. This peer group is focused on learning together about the needs of pregnant women and families with children up to age 5 and how to best support them. Any Maryland Philanthropy Network member who would like to connect and learn about investing in and supporting Prenatal to Five spaces is welcome.
In 2021, Maryland passed legislation that set up the Growing Opportunities in Family Child Care (GOFCC) program to provide targeted support for individuals to open a registered (licensed) family child care program. During this meeting, Laura Weeldreyer and Lacey Egerton from Maryland Family Network will present details about GOFCC, an implementation grant process, and how the initiative contributes an important solution to help address the child care crisis.
Early childhood professionals play an essential role in communities, helping young children to develop, supporting working families, and enabling business operations. While affordable and high-quality childcare is critical, the early childcare sector is underfunded and dysfunctional. COVID-19 has exacerbated longstanding issues, exacting a devastating impact on childcare centers and the professionals that staff them. In this program, we will hear more about the issues impacting the early childhood workforce at the individual, employer, and systems levels. We will explore the role of employer collaboration with funders and other stakeholders to advance necessary changes in business practices and public policies to support these essential workers.
In January, the Prenatal to Five Impact Collaborative will be getting a 2022 Legislative Session Preview from Maryland Family Network; have a discussion with PN-5 member, Meredith Callanan, about the Early Years Leadership Diversity Initiative's research report, entitled Diversify Early Childhood Leadership: It’s Time to Remove the Barriers Holding Us Back; and Cathy Costa, from the Maternal and Child Health Division of the Baltimore City Health Department, will provide an update on Baltimore City’s Pritzker grant.
This event has been canceled as the group moves from a monthly to bi-monthly meeting schedule.