Best Practice for Developmental Assessment

The IDA Second Edition Now Available

RWCFI recognizes the work of the IDA Institute as best practice for developmental assessment of young children. The new Infant-Toddler Developmental Assessment–Second Edition (IDA-2) is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, family-centered assessment to identify children birth to 3 years of age who are developmentally at risk. Based on the IDA findings children and families receive developmental support and intervention programs aimed at positive developmental outcomes. 

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Ivan Backer's "Train to Freedom"

A Holocaust Survivor's Important Memoir

RWCFI congratulates Ivan Backer of Hartford Connecticut on the release of his new book "My Train to Freedom: A Jewish Boy's Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism,” He is 86 years old and has spent his life working to benefit the poor, the disenfranchised, people whose voices were not heard. His entire adulthood, every time Backer needed to act on an important matter, questions would pop into his mind.

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Discrimination Begins in Preschool

UCLA's Civil Rights Project

RWCFI Board Members examine the February 2015 report from UCLA's Civil Rights Project that examines out-of-school suspension data for every school district in the country and finds that nearly 3.5 million children—about six out of every 100 public school students—were suspended at least once during the 2011-12 school year, with close to half of those (1.55 million) suspended multiple times. The study shows discriminatory these preschool expulsions vary dramatically with age, gender, and race.

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Effects of Trauma in Early Childhood

Latest Research Affirms Importance of Early Intervention

The Raoul Wallenberg Children’s Foundation reviews recent research findings that childhood trauma affects health in young children and throughout life into adulthood. Our mission to support children and their families is based on the trauma research as we explore exemplary programs that promise a positive developmental trajectory for affected children. In her TED talk, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris discusses this issue.

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Student Video on Genocide

High School Project Inspired by "Rescuing Raoul Wallenberg"

High school student Olivia Pruett, while studying Holocaust history, learned about

Raoul Wallenberg and his heroic work in Budapest during World War II. She prepared

a report on Wallenberg with comparisons to genocide in today’s world. Her interest in

the relevance of both Wallenberg's and Sonnenfeld's stories to the question of what

one single person can do in the face of genocide inspired her to create a short video

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The IDA at National Zero to Three

Promoting Early Childhood Best Practice Model

RWCFI Board Members Susan Epperson Vater and Kyle Pruett, with Connecticut Children's Medical Center colleagues (pictured above), presented the Mid-level Developmental Assessment featuring the Infant Toddler Developmental Assessment (IDA) at the National Zero To Three Conference in Fort Lauderdale Florida. This pioneering organization in the field of child development has now decided to begin promoting the IDA as a best-practice model of early childhood assessment.

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International Early Childhood Peace Consortium

Exciting News from Project Advisor Dr. Kyle Pruett MD

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Sonja Sonnenfeld Speaks

"Rescuing Raoul Wallenberg" - Sonja Sonnenfeld's Story

During the Pre-Production phase of the documentary "Rescuing Raoul Wallenberg",

more than 100 hours of HD footage were collected, revealing the life story of Sonja

Sonnenfeld. Well into her late nineties, Sonja continued speaking to German students

about her experiences during the holocaust and her work to free Wallenberg from Russia.


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