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Early Childhood Development

Why I Didn't Worry When My Baby Wouldn't Crawl (And You Shouldn't, Either)

Quora | Posted 07.06.2016 | Parents

My daughter is 11 months old. She is not crawling or standing. I am worried. What do I do? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing networ...

Put Children - Especially Girls - High on the Global Agenda

Lindsay Stark | Posted 07.06.2016 | Women
Lindsay Stark

This year, one billion children around the world will experience a form of violence and around 200 million children will not meet their developmental ...

Early Head Start: A Stand Out Success

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 06.22.2016 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

It's a painful reality that too many children in our country face challenges beginning at birth. During a recent visit to the Head Start community in ...

Preschool Teachers Aren't Getting The Training They Need

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics

Preschool teachers in many parts of the U.S. aren't adequately trained, according to a new study, released a week after a government report deplored l...

From Promise to Impact: Nutrition and the Opportunity on Early Childhood Development

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 06.15.2016 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

The 2016 Global Nutrition Report -- From Promise to Impact -- has launched. The report is in-depth, weighty, and backed by some of the best researcher...

Abecedarian vs Africadarian in Early Childhood Development

Paul Mashegoane | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Paul Mashegoane

This is an urgent need that must be attended to, not only for our own children, also for those children we can reach and impact. Africadarian is the best model to refer to in order to effect this long lasting change.The ancient proverb that 'It takes a village to raise a child', is more relevant in this case.

Welcome to Everyone

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As a child I hated not being allowed into the segregated library in my hometown. But I am honored and grateful that today the Marlboro County Public Library -- the Marian Wright Edelman Library in Bennettsville, SC -- provides a panoply of early childhood and adult literacy programs.

Room to Grow Believed in Me as a Parent; So I Came to Believe Too

Room to Grow | Posted 05.11.2016 | Impact
Room to Grow

Room to Grow is a nonprofit organization that impacts the lives of families raising babies in poverty from newborn to age three. Our unique, three-yea...

A Call to Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In New York City, over 150,000 children under five are poor. Last year, nearly 20,000 of these children slept in homeless shelters - enough to fill Madison Square Garden. From the moment they're born, children in poverty face an uphill struggle to survive, thrive and learn with so many odds stacked against them.

Stop the Hypocrisy. Fund Global Education.

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 04.29.2016 | Education
Kolleen Bouchane

I wonder. Can we find another single issue where politicians and other high-powered decision makers more egregiously mismatch their rhetoric with spen...

The transformative power of early childhood development

Alice Albright | Posted 04.21.2016 | Education
Alice Albright

Photo credit: GPE/Alexandra Humme The evidence is vast: exposing children before the age of five to stimulating environments strengthens their languag...

Tackling Global Hunger With Cambodian Vegetables

Amy R. Beaudreault, PhD | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Amy R. Beaudreault, PhD

A farmer and a pregnant mother, Dek Huon plants seedlings by hand as temperatures rise to 100 degrees in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The Evolution of Early Childhood Development

Paul Mashegoane | Posted 04.19.2016 | Education
Paul Mashegoane

The study and insights into the ancient mystery of the development of a human brain remains one of our generation's greatest achievements. A baby's mi...

We Need A 'Whole Child' Approach

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
Kolleen Bouchane

Last week, in a room packed full of children's rights and education advocates and high level experts, World Bank President Jim Kim and UNICEF Executiv...

Intervening Early to Prevent Substance Use Disorders

Nora Volkow | Posted 05.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Nora Volkow

The brain is an organ that adapts in both short- and long-term ways to its environment, and prevention science over the past few decades has shown cle...

What I Wish I'd Known About Gender When I Became a Parent

Laurin Mayeno | Posted 03.08.2016 | Parents
Laurin Mayeno

"You had a beautiful baby boy." Those were the first words I heard after my child was born. I named him Daniel and started dressing him in clothes made for boys. But, raising a child is often full of the unexpected.

The "Orphan" Generation in Cambodia

Lindsay Stark | Posted 02.19.2016 | Impact
Lindsay Stark

A quiet, but alarming, trend is happening in Cambodian "orphanages." Instead of predominantly serving the needs of children whose parents have died, these institutions are increasingly being filled with children from poor families whose living parents are seeking better opportunities for their children's future.

My Father's Influence on Managing Chronic Illness: Common Sense and Saliva

Joanna Charnas | Posted 02.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Joanna Charnas

Dad, who didn't have any scientific or medical training, had insisted that the patterns in the tie supported my brain development. Decades later, science proved Dad correct.

How You're Raised, Greatly Determines Who You Become in Life

Room to Grow | Posted 02.17.2016 | Impact
Room to Grow

'How you're raised, greatly determines who you become in life. Growing up without the love and support of my parents and raised by friends and extended family, I lacked self-confidence and made a number of poor choices with intense consequences."

"My Dad Doesn't Like Black People": Explaining Racism to Young Children

Natalie Flores | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Natalie Flores

As adults, it is essential that we listen to the questions and concepts children bring up and explore the experiences they have had around racism.

We Need to Close the 'Word Gap' for Low-Income Children

Sandra Waxman | Posted 11.30.2015 | Education
Sandra Waxman

Closing the gap matters for several reasons. Most importantly, without access to high-quality childcare, infants and toddlers from low-income families face increasingly steep developmental challenges.

Interview with an Expert in Multicultural Studies

Diedre Anthony | Posted 11.02.2015 | Parents
Diedre Anthony

I came across his book, Tomorrow's Children, after an assignment. We were tasked with picking an issue we were passionate about, and finding ways to educate our fellow colleagues about it. Surprisingly, there was little research on educating and raising biracial/multicultural children.

Recalling a Time When Congressional Bipartisanship Worked for Young Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.24.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A plethora of child care legislation has been passed over the past four decades but programs are still available to only a fraction of the children who need them. The quality of care provided to our children in their early years remains very inadequate, especially for the poorest children.

Kristen Bell, Jessica Alba and Others Support Pregnant and Parenting Foster Youth at Raising Baby

Matt Hartman | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Welcoming close to one hundred current and former foster youth, along with their adorable children, to the event, Raising Baby provided the young parents with multiple workshops and activities.

Helping Your Child Improve Reading Skills

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

Even on a "Busy Day" for "Busy People," reading is a wonderful way to expand children's worlds and to bond children and caregivers, and one that can start at birth. It also is a crucial way to help children gain the language and literacy skills needed for a good start in school.