Author Archives: Julie Weatherston

Remembering Ron Lally

With a heavy heart we share some very sad news. Ron Lally, Co-Director of WestEd’s Center for Child and Family Studies and creator of the For Our Babies campaign, passed away January 22, 2020. His passing was unexpected and peaceful. The enormity of this devastating loss is overwhelming. We have lost an extraordinary person, a […]

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Now in Spanish: Getting it Right for Our Babies Video

We’re thrilled to announce that our Getting it Right for Our Babies video is now available in Spanish!Haciéndolo bien por nuestros bebésCon el costo promedio de cuidado infantil en los Estados Unidos equivalente a una matrícula universitaria y con millones de educadores de la infancia temprana que reciben salarios tan bajos, que a menudo les […]

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New Video: Getting it Right For Our Babies

 New Video “Getting it Right For Our Babies” Describes and Offers Solutions to Repair America’s Broken Child Care SystemWith the average cost of child care in the U.S. equaling college tuition and millions of early childhood educators facing wages so low they often struggle to support their own families, For Our Babies and the Center […]

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Early Caregiver-Child Relationships Build the Foundation for Lifelong Learning

Early Caregiver-Child Relationships Build a Foundation for Lifelong Learning, a featured article in this week’s WestEd R & D Alert, highlights a recent federal policy brief, Including Relationship-Based Care Practices in Infant-Toddler Care. The brief provides research-based guidance on how to raise the level of quality for out-of-home early child care.  The central message is […]

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El vientre social: Cómo fortalecer el cerebro de los bebés

Nos complace anunciarles que “El vientre social: Cómo fortalecer el cerebro de los bebés”, originalmente escrito y narrado por J. Ronald Lally, está ahora disponible en español. Este video de 6 minutos muestra la necesidad que tienen los bebés, una vez que nacen, de que los cuiden dentro un “vientre social” que proporcione la nutrición, […]

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Now in Spanish! The Social Womb: Building Babies’ Brains

We are thrilled to announce that “The Social Womb: Building Babies’ Brains”, originally written and narrated by J. Ronald Lally, is now available to the public in Spanish. This 6-minute video depicts the need for babies, once born, to be cared for in a “social womb” that provides the nurturance, protection, and enrichment essential to […]

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Podcast: Professional Expectations Without Professional Conditions

In this episode, For Our Babies founder Dr. Ron Lally, from the Center For Child and Family Studies at WestEd, talks with Marcy Whitebook, from the Center for the Study of Childcare Employment at the University of California, Berkeley, about the current state of infant/toddler workforce conditions. Length: 34 min 18 secDownload

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News Roundup

Study of Advertisements in Parenting Magazines Don’t Always Show Safe Practices A new study found a surprisingly high number of advertisements in the top U.S. parenting magazines show images or products that contradict health and safety recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Researchers found nearly 1 in 6 ads had at least one offense […]

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News Roundup

More Hospitals Following Breastfeeding Standards According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, the percentage of US hospitals that follow international guidelines to promote breastfeeding (designating them “baby-friendly”) has grown from 29 percent in 2007 to 54 percent in 2013. The steps include 10 practices endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  […]

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Podcast: When the Bough Breaks

In this show, Dr. Lally discusses with Julie Weatherston the fragile state of infant care in the United States. Dr. Lally talks about what babies need, including teachers who are well trained and paid a living wage for the very important work they do. He says it’s time for the US to stop “doing business […]

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