[kids-lib] Statistics: State Baby Facts: How do babies and toddlers fare in Oregon compared with the rest of the nation?

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Aug 14 10:56:56 PDT 2015

ZERO TO THREE(r)<http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/state-community-policy/infant-and-toddler-state-fact-sheets.html> published 2015 State Baby Facts which includes Oregon-specific data<http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/state-community-policy/baby-facts/oregon-baby-facts.pdf>, National Baby Facts report<http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/pdf/national-baby-facts.pdf>, and a great toolkit with instructions on how you can use Baby Facts<http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/state-community-policy/baby-facts/related-docs/state-baby-facts-2015-toolkit-final.pdf>. The toolkits includes talking points laid out as a problem statement, explanation of why it matters, and a proposed solution. The toolkit also includes sample Tweets, facebook posts, and articles/emails s to help you share this information with your community.

Why is this important for Oregon libraries?

*         Public libraries provide families with babies and toddlers access to early childhood development and education resources and programs. We are part of the solution, especially for economically disadvantaged families that don't qualify for Head Start or other free/subsidized programs yet can't afford to enroll their baby or toddler in high-quality childcare and education programs.

*         Children's librarians are experts in early literacy, one of the four things the Oregon Department of Education assesses to determine kindergarten readiness-the other three are math, social-emotional development, and self-regulation all of which children's library programs can help with too!

*         Public libraries are working with their regional Early Learning Hubs or other community organizations to address the issues brought to light via the 2015 Baby Facts. Some of the issues are:

o   55% of Oregon parents read to their 0-5 year old child daily.

o   59% of Oregon parents tell stories and sing to their 0-5 year old child daily.

o   51% of babies and toddlers in Oregon are poor or near poor.

o    In Oregon, child care costs an average of 52% of a single mother's income.

o   27% of babies and toddlers in Oregon are maltreated-remember, Oregon library staff are mandatory reporters now.

*         Libraries need to educate our communities that early learning unfolds in libraries. The report says "...learning unfolds in many settings, including the home, child care centers, Early Head Start (EHS), family child care homes, and family, friend, and neighbor care." It doesn't mention libraries! Use the Baby Facts toolkit to get the message out that realy learning unfolds in your library.<http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/state-community-policy/baby-facts/related-docs/state-baby-facts-2015-toolkit-final.pdf>


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Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant
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Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

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Subject: How Do Babies Fare in Your State?

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ZERO TO THREE is pleased to announce the release of our updated State Baby Facts<http://main.zerotothree.org/site/R?i=lpw4Vw5lxKX_orNCNLBm5A>, which tell the story about very young children in each state and the District of Columbia. State Baby Facts present infant and toddler data in the framework of good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences-the ingredients babies need to grow and thrive. By providing a snapshot of how babies are faring in each state, we can make the case for increased investment in programs that help improve the lives of infants, toddlers, and their families.

State Baby Facts are available to download for FREE. Download your state's fact sheet today<http://main.zerotothree.org/site/R?i=3cWL7Mjs58JmVS4Rdx_yoA>!

  *   Download our toolkit<http://main.zerotothree.org/site/R?i=ictXjIchIkvwWI3Cqpzi6Q> for ideas and resources on how to use State Baby Facts.
  *   Make sure your Members of Congress know the Baby Facts<http://main.zerotothree.org/site/R?i=03o5yFNET_m-urbTsTQ8YQ>!<http://main.zerotothree.org/site/R?i=YGQm3z6X9uFGQY82lH_lUg> Send them your state's fact sheet and let them know how their littlest constituents are faring.

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