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Early Childhood Development

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.

The Importance of Imaginative Play

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

The most important thing about creative play is that it should be free play; let your child take the lead. He will let you know if he needs private time, or if he wants you to be a participant in his scenario - but, you should be around.

This Trait Can Predict If A 5-Year-Old Will Grow Up To Be A Successful Adult

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.29.2015 | Science

  Watching a young child playing with others can reveal a great deal about who they are -- and who they'll be in 20 years.  That's the conc...

10 Truths My Twin Boys -- 1-Year-Old Today -- Have Taught Me

Betsy Boyd | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Betsy Boyd

When you two find each other in a room, you often laugh hello and scramble to climb on your brother's back. I'm in awe of your camaraderie.

Happy 50th Birthday, Head Start!

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.21.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Of all the Great Society programs, Head Start is perhaps the most popular. It provides center-based services to millions of very cute 3- and 4-year-olds, mostly children from disadvantaged families. If members of the public, educators, and policy makers know a single conclusion from educational research, it is that early-childhood programs have long-term positive impacts.

Does Your Child Care Provider Have at Least a High School Diploma?

Tara Chklovski | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Tara Chklovski

The science is clear; Children begin learning from birth, developing their vision, hearing, language, and cognitive functions very fast in the early years of life and especially in the first year (as seen below).

Yes, My Daughter Sleeps With Me Sometimes, And No, I Don't Care What You Think

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Laura Lifshitz

My girl will not want to be with me forever. Our children will not want to be with us forever. My daughter will spread her little sassy wings and fly away without looking back once, and that's the truth.

I Love Me!: New Stories For Children

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 06.09.2015 | Books
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

I Am Lilly and Penelope's Pearls are a new dynamic duo of children's books, written by Annie Reiner. Annie Reiner comes from a gold medal show biz fam...

Inspiring Head Start Alumni Share 50 Years of Stories

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

They come from every state, every culture, every ethnicity in America, but one piece of their stories is always the same. "I learned to love learning, and that love has stayed with me my whole life," Secretary Burwell said, echoing her fellow alumni.

Addressing Violence at its Roots: A Quest for Philanthropy

Maya Ziswiler | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Maya Ziswiler

We believe that philanthropy -- with its appetite for risk and flexible capital -- has a great opportunity to make significant headway towards breaking the intergenerational cycle of violence and reducing violence against children over the next couple of decades.

Study Reveals Sad Link Between Poverty And Children's Brain Development

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.31.2015 | Science

We've long known that children from affluent families get a head start that can translate into a long-lasting advantage, especially when it comes to a...

Telling Your Story Can Change Your Life: Rise, A Powerfully Good Organization

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

After decades of being a pediatrician, and never saying "no" to a meeting with yet another nice person, it seems like I know everyone. I came to the party thinking and hoping that something might happen and it did.

The Heart of a Caregiver: Agnes Lomkol

BRAC | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact

While some children are lucky to eat something small for breakfast at home, the majority show up with empty stomachs.

5 Ways to Know if He's the One

George Sachs, Psy.D. | Posted 04.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
George Sachs, Psy.D.

This is the season of soulmates. Couples are jockeying for space in candlelit restaurants, trying to find the right mood to share sweet-nothings and c...

Increasing Global Connectedness Through Trade and Investment

Anne Goddard | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Some of my fondest memories as a parent were of reading to my children. They would snuggle up next to me with book in hand, excited for me to take them deep into stories told in words and pictures.

The Unfulfilled Potential of Diapers

Michael Feigelson | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Michael Feigelson

There are innovators working to give moms and dads the nudge they need to keep the conversation going even in the inevitable moments of exhaustion and frustration.

8 Things Picky Eaters Wish Their Parents Knew

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

It's hard for parents to understand how a toddler can go from eating everything to barely touching their meals. It's even more difficult for them to understand why kids are so reluctant to try new foods. And without a big picture understanding of why kids eat the way they do, parents are left frustrated and are more likely to make feeding mistakes.

Watch What Really Happens When Toddlers See You Angry

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.14.2014 | Science

They may seem adorably clueless at times, but it turns out that toddlers are surprisingly savvy about the grown-ups in their lives--and a new video pr...

Inspired by Moments of Emotional Brilliance -- Tender and Tuned In: Part 1

Miriam Mason Martineau | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Miriam Mason Martineau

Over the past few months I have witnessed a few of those and find myself heartened every time I ponder them. I'd like to share some of them with you in a three-part blog series.

A Crappy Parenting Moment Turned Awesome

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 12.05.2014 | Parents
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

We have a motto in our family: Be kind. I talked about what that means, and the importance of having kindness in our hearts.

Fostering An Early Love Of STEM Through The Power Of Storytelling

Jeremy Scheinberg | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Jeremy Scheinberg

If we said the names Elsa and Anna or Lightning and Mater, most parents would immediately recognize the power that stories have to capture the hearts and minds of kids. So why aren't we using those amazing stories to answer kids' questions about the science and engineering they encounter everyday?

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Lessons for Early Learning

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

When I was growing up, my father designed most of the trains that ran throughout the Balkans and the sound of rumbling trains became a true childhood comfort.