Rep. Harriet Drummond

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March 28, 2018

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Rep.Harriet.Drummond
@akleg.gov

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Juneau, AK 99801

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am excited to report a major step forward in efforts to better coordinate and utilize state resources dedicated to early childhood in Alaska. When it comes to young children, there is no line between early education and early development. You really can’t have one without the other, and there is no more important time for children to learn and grow than during their earliest years.

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You can stay current on of what is happening in the State Capitol by watching Gavel to Gavel on the 360 North Channel or on Alaska Legislature TV at: http://w3.akleg.gov/index.php#tab5

This month Representative Ivy Spohnholz and I hosted three days of joint hearings between the House Education Committee and the House Health & Social Services Committee to conduct an extensive review of the situation faced by parents and their young children in Alaska, and the resources available for them to have opportunities to succeed.

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Representative Drummond (holding sign) recently joined a demonstration in Juneau to call for protection of children from school shootings.

There is a huge amount of work to be done to make sure Alaska’s children are able to learn and grow safely, but it is an investment we have to make. The costs of dealing with adults who were neglected or abused as children are enormous, and efforts to correct these mistakes after they have been made are far less effective than preventing them in the first place.

KEY ALASKA LESSONS:

  • Between the ages of birth to 12 years there are 18,000 children in state-regulated childcare every day
  • 55 percent of Alaska children under age six are cared for by someone other than their parent or guardian
  • Children are most likely to be expelled from school at the age of four
  • According to Nobel Laureate Dr. James Heckman, the earlier the investment in our children, the greater the return
  • Pre-natal care is vital because children are born with 40 percent of brain development complete
  • Self-regulating behavior learned from parents as a baby serves as a foundation for lifelong functioning
  • 13 percent of Alaskans are children ages birth through 8 which is comparable to the numbers of seniors over 65, at 11.2 percent.
  • 13,680 out of 95,000 moms smoked during the last three months of pregnancy
  • The effects of toxic stress can be transferred through multiple generations of children through epigenetics
  • There are 6,500 workers directly involved in childcare in Alaska
  • 46 percent of parents find childcare difficult, or very difficult to find in Alaska
  • Only 45 percent of kids in Alaska have learned to regulate their feeling and impulses by the time they enter kindergarten
  • 32 percent of Alaska children have been reported to the Office of Children’s Services for abuse and neglect
  • 32 percent of Alaska children are being raised in single parent households
  • A single person would have to work 77 hours a week at minimum wage to be able to afford a modest one bedroom rental
  • Budget cuts have led to 40 fewer positions in Public Health Nursing, affecting such vital services as well child exams and immunizations
  • Child Find is a system within the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services to find and assist with the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities
  • There are no residential psychiatric treatment center beds for children under 12 in Alaska

These joint hearings have been vital in identifying the challenges ahead. In many ways the situation is grave, but we have also learned that investments we make now will lead to an enormous future savings. Children cannot help themselves. It is our responsibility to help them grow and to contribute meaningfully to our society, so that they can help fix the problems of our state rather than contribute to them.

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE BY APRIL 3!

Tuesday, April 3 is the deadline to vote in the Anchorage Municipal Election. Everyone who is registered to vote in Anchorage by March 4 should have received a ballot in the mail. If you have not received a ballot, or if yours was lost or destroyed, you can go to an Accessible Vote Center, which you can locate at the link below:

https://muniorg.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=218a434eff2c42b49e06932d56d2e862

General information about Vote by Mail (or by Email or by Fax) can be found at:

https://www.muni.org/departments/assembly/clerk/elections/Pages/default.aspx

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
MARCH 31 PFD FILING DEADLINE

2018 PFD Filing Deadline – Saturday March 31, 2018

Friday, March 30th – Deadline to walk in a 2018 PFD application!

PFD Offices will NOT be open on Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Online applications can be filed up to 11:59 PM AKDT on Saturday March 31st.  You must have received a confirmation number for your online application to be timely.

Signature pages are not due by March 31st, although they should be provided as soon as possible after the application is filed.

Office locations in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau are open until 4:00 PM to accept timely paper applications Monday–Friday.

Mailed applications must be POSTMARKED no later than March 31st to be considered timely. Applications received or postmarked April 1st or later will be denied.

For more information, or to file online:

https://pfd.alaska.gov/

As always, please call or email with any thoughts, ideas, or concerns.

Sincerely,

Harriet Drummond[signed]

Harriet