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By Arthur J. Reynolds, University of Minnesota 

We live in a golden age of information. At our fingertips are a near limitless number of reports, stories, facts, current events, and opinions of all stripes on whatever medium one is interested. Social media, the internet, and email make this information pervade our daily lives and we manage it through quick response, selective attention, or a “blind” eye. 

We do not live in a golden age of organized information in which analysis and synthesis of knowledge is readily available or systematically applied to the solution of pressing social problems. What does the new information mean? How does it contribute to existing efforts to, for example, improve health and well-being? How valid are findings or data reported? Are the opinions or recommendations expressed evidence-based, informed by experience, or thoughtful? 

For continued scientific and social progress, we need more integrative knowledge that seeks to pull together disparate viewpoints and findings, and translate them into actionable recommendations for improving policies, programs, and practices. These may be resources guides; registries of digestible but authoritative knowledge about health, education, and welfare; or analyses that seek to integrate and summarize for policymakers and practitioners. Putting this knowledge into practice is a big next step and the process of allocating and reallocating resources to fit social needs is a continual one. 


 
 
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On the CPC P-3 website, you can access newly updated fact briefs about the CPC P-3 program, as well as fact briefs about important early childhood issues, such as full-day preschool, class size, and the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
 
Check out our updated Implementation section that includes information for anyone implementing elements of the CPC P-3 program. And now available in our Resource Library is the entire suite of progress monitoring tools with instructions in one easily downloadable package.
 
If you’d like more information about the CPC P-3 program, please contact the Project Manager for Midwest CPC Expansion, Momo Hayakawa, at hayak006@umn.edu.