Spreading The Basics™ Principles In Order to Close the Achievement Gap

Council of Large Public Housing Authorities
Washington, District of Columbia
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

The human brain is 80% of its adult size by the age of 3. Even earlier, by the age of 2, skill gaps between socioeconomic, racial and ethnic groups are starkly apparent in nationally representative data. 

Evidence is now irrefutable that the earliest years of life are critically important for building neural networks. They present an unparalleled opportunity for brain development that society needs to become better at harvesting.

The Basics campaign emerged from the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University. We are building a national movement and broad-based learning network to disseminate and support five fun, easy and powerful parenting principles, distilled from science, that families with infants and toddlers (birth to age 3) can integrate into their daily lives. The goal is to reach every family from every background.

I hope you will join us on Jan. 14, 3–4:30 p.m. ET, for Spreading The Basics™ Principles In Order to Close the Achievement Gap. This is the fourth installment in the seven-part, monthly Productive Parent/Teacher Partnership (PPTP) webinar series, hosted by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.









In this webinar, I will share how leadership organizations in more than 30 cities, towns and counties in the United States and abroad are engaging health care organizations, libraries, faith-based organizations and other frontline partners that serve parents and caregivers. These partners provide information and support focused on The Basics principles: 1. Maximize Love, Manage Stress; 2. Talk, Sing, and Point; 3. Count, Group, and Compare; 4. Explore through Movement and Play; and 5. Read and Discuss Stories.

Since we launched our first campaign in Boston in 2015, we have developed a robust community toolkit, including implementation guides, videos, handouts, text messaging and evaluation reports, to prepare more communities to join this effort.

We expect this important conversation to advance the objectives of the PPTP webinar series: to inspire and equip GLR community leads and local funders with new insights, fresh tools and evidence of impact with which to engage their local GLR coalitions in the vital work of ensuring early school success for children by strengthening the relationships between their parents and teachers, families and schools.

I hope you will join us!


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