Who can resist New Year’s resolutions? I certainly can’t. So here are a few of mine:
- Give a “pat on the back” through a friendly nod or smile when I see parents interacting with their young children in positive ways.
- Encourage my own grown children (parents themselves) and other young parents I know to keep their babies on track through talking, responding, asking questions, connecting, sharing books, singing, and dancing – every day.
- Talk about early learning every chance I get! What we know now about the science around brain development is really compelling. And of course, the implications for society are huge, for today and for the future.
- Keep learning about early childhood development, especially about how babies and young children learn language and reading skills.
- Count my blessings. I’m grateful for the commitment and capabilities of those I work with from all across the state and for the support given Best Beginnings by individuals, foundations, corporations, policy makers, and others.
- Keep my optimistic spirit strong. I believe more and more Alaskans know the value of doing the right thing for young children and their families. It’s up to every one of us to ensure all Alaska children begin school happy, healthy, and ready to succeed.
What are your resolutions around early childhood? Let’s all compare notes; please post them on our Facebook page.