The Social Womb Video

Ron Lally

Written and narrated by J. Ronald Lally, 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 the healthy development of their still-growing brains. Lally presents three key policy recommendations for ensuring creation of this kind of supportive setting: paid leave, home visiting, and high-quality infant care. View the video

Additional information about the need for a social womb is available in Lally's book, For Our Babies: Ending the Invisible Neglect of America's Infants, available from WestEd and also in The Social Womb, a paper that is downloadable for free on

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A Guide to Setting Up Environments (Second edition) / Una guía para crear los ambientes del cuidado infantil (Segunda edición)

A Guide to Setting Up Environments (Second edition)

This guide offers tested ideas for setting up a child care environment that fosters early learning and is safe and healthful. The second edition includes updated resources, sample layouts of exemplary child care settings, and a new section on ways to accommodate children with disabilities or special needs. It contains practical ideas for designing an environment suited to both mobile infants and active toddlers. The needs of caregivers are also considered in the environmental design.
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A Guide to Creating Partnerships with Families (Second edition) / Una guía para establecer relaciones de colaboración con las familias (Segunda edición)

A Guide to Setting Up Environments (Second edition)

The second edition offers program directors, teachers, and providers of child care programs expanded information on working with families of infant/toddlers from diverse backgrounds and cultures. It provides strategies to ease family concerns about using out-of-home care and to address their feelings about leaving their young children with others.

Five appendixes, including sample forms, help to make this guide useful for addressing the many elements of engaging families in high-quality child care programs. Item no. 1746

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