Right From the Start NJ Part 2
In Part 2 of this special three-part series, Right From the Start NJ, Steve Adubato, along with leaders in the fields of education, government, and business look at the need for quality child care within New Jersey and the role teachers, caregivers and parents play in their child's development from birth to three years old.
Joseph Della Fave, Executive Director, Ironbound Community Corporation
Dr. Kendell Sprott, President & CEO, Matheny Medical and Education Center
Bonnie Eggenburg, Vice President, Gateway Early Head Start and Head Start Program
Beverly Lynn, CEO, Programs for Parents
Jennifer Santana, President, Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators & Early Head Start Manager for Center for Family Resources
Kaitlin Mulcahy, Associate Director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair State University
Joanna Gagis, Host, Life & Living with Joanna Gagis, VP of Programming & Executive Producer, Caucus Educational Corporation
Keri Logosso-Misurell, Esq., Director, Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition
"Hi, I'm Steve Adubato. More importantly, this is Right From the Start NJ, an ongoing series of programs, but it's so much more than that. It's a campaign. It's an initiative to talk about the things that affect infants and toddlers and also prenatal care as well. Infants, toddlers, birth to three, everyone's responsibility. There'll be a Right From the Start NJ website that's up constantly. Go on that site, get valuable information, it makes a difference. So the panel that we've been talking to, we're gonna get right back into this. Jennifer Santana, when we left this last conversation from Right From the Start, I wanted to get into the economics of this, okay. But before I do the economics of child care, who's paying for it? How much should we be paying as a society? As a state? As the federal government? But doctor, you mentioned something I want to get into, and it's important for everyone. You talked about having to do with parents and their responsibility and their role as it relates to vocabulary ability...? Vocabulary building? I can say that. Yeah. Go ahead. That's correct. I mean, as I said before, children start to say words usually at a year of age. By two years, they're saying 50 words. And you already heard about the gap between the children of affluent parents and those that aren't. But there's a program called Reach Out and Read that was established... Reach Out and Read? Yeah. It'll be on our website, Right From the Start NJ. Go ahead. Yeah. It was established over 30 years ago out... by a pediatrician out of Boston, and he made a determination that if you start to read to children at the age of six months, and when you go for your regular visit, you get a book, and it's language specific, that you can eliminate the disparity in terms of the vocabulary of children that are poor versus children that are affluent. And what it takes is reading on a..."