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Pump & Jump Presentation Video

In Child Care, Cognitive Development, Health Development, Human Milk, Social-Emotional Development, Thesis on May 6, 2011 by Osei May

Here is the video of last week’s presentation on Pump & Jump.

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The Presentation Went Well

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2011 by Osei May

Thank you to all of you who were in attendance. It was fund and I believe you found it informative and great solution to the problem. For those who could not make it, I will soon post the video.

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The Problem and the Need

In Child Care, Cognitive Development, Health Development, Social-Emotional Development, Thesis on April 13, 2011 by Osei May

Here are the short distilled statements of a societal problem and need from my thesis research:

The problem is many children experience limited cognitive, health, and social-emotional development in their early childhood years which hinders their academic aptitude to achieve and severely restricts opportunities to obtain and provide a healthy productive life for themselves and families.

We need more affordable, enriched early childhood care and education seats and child care options for families to prepare children for a lifetime of learning, development, and achieving dreams.

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Childcare Options in Boston

In Child Care on April 10, 2011 by Osei May Tagged: ,

In my research I discovered that there are many kinds of child care situations in Boston. These are just about all of them that are legal.

  • Licensed Center-based Care (Head Start, Religious Non-Profit Affiliation, Community Non-Profit Affiliation, For Profit)
  • Licensed Family Child Care (usually in the home of the provider)
  • Stay at home Parenting/Care by Blood (Parent or Relative)
  • Nanny/Nanny Share (nanny shares are technically not legal according to the Mass Dept of Early Education and Care)
  • Baby Sitter (Not guaranteed to be skilled in cultivating learning, interviews are advised when selecting a sitter – Same is true for a nanny)
  • Au Pair (when you host a live-in nanny except they are a couple)
  • Boston Public School Preschool (not many seats, free, but starts at a later age)
  • Shared Parent Care (agreement between parents of different families to watch each others’ children)

The problem is there is a shortage of seats in infant and toddler programs and every option for all children 0-6 has a cost. You have to be of low income to afford a program with bells and whistles (via grant money) or of very high income to afford a program with bells and whistles (via your paycheck). If you’re in the middle income bracket you have to do your research to discover which programs offers the best value for your considerations while you go work. Lastly you can always afford free child care by staying at home and personally nourishing your child’s development but that comes at the cost of missed income by withdrawing from the traditional workforce. Choices and options – my, my. There has to be another way to make child care more affordable to more people.

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My Thesis Presentation

In Child Care, Thesis on April 7, 2011 by Osei May Tagged: , ,

Most of my recent learning in the fascinating areas babies, child development, early education, achievement gaps has been the result of my thesis writing. On April 27th, I will be defending my thesis on “Pump and Jump Education,” the genesis for this website. This presentation is indeed open to the public.

Pump and Jump Early Education:
A Presentation on the Path and Costs of Achievement Gaps and a Sustainable Solution
Using Human Milk and Early Education

Boston University, Sargent College
635 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 102
11 AM

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Mapping Brain Development

In Cognitive Development on April 7, 2011 by Osei May Tagged: ,

Zero to Three created a great website! This site gives parents and educators insight into what parts of the brain are developing and what parents can do at distinct phases of early development.

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Cow Genes + Human Genes = Genetically Modified Cow & Breastmilk Substitute

In Human Milk on April 6, 2011 by Osei May Tagged: , , ,

My wife just forwarded me an article that she knew I would find interesting. “Genetically modified cows produce human milk” recently appeared in The Telegraph, a widely read UK newspaper.

Genetically modified foods/organisms are already a highly debated subject. Click here to begin your self guided research via google into the matter. Going back the article, this author does a great job on describing the rationale, science, potential benefits, and some of the costs of this new development, introducing human genes with dairy cows in order to create a modified cow embryo capable of producing “human-like” milk containing some of the essence of breastmilk. Click here to read it.

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