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Early Childhood Development

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 06.08.2015 | 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
BRAC

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.

Miracles Happen Everyday: We Just Have to Be One Of Them

AJ Tesler | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
AJ Tesler

We knew something was wrong with our daughter. We'd known for a while. We just didn't know it was this something and we didn't know it was this bad.

1,000 Days

Ed Gragert | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Ed Gragert

For me, the most important significance of the number 1000 is the number of days in the period from the outset of a woman's pregnancy until her child's second birthday--a period that in large part shapes the future health, education and welfare of the child.

Not Everyone Has the Tools to Become Rich: How Our Childhood Shapes Our Ability to Succeed

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Anthony W. Orlando

For those Americans who have been materially successful, it may seem like everyone else simply chose not to follow the same path, but the reality is that most Americans don't know how to find that path.

#AOLBUILD Hosts Director Extraordinaire Rob Reiner

AOL BUILD | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD "If you are a creative person, you try to create things that are an extension of yourself" - professed Hollywood's jack-of...

Your Preschooler Is Probably Better With An iPad Than You Are, Says Science

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents

So you think you're more tech-savvy than a preschooler? Think again. When it comes to figuring out how new gadgets operate, kids may have adults b...

Money Makes A Difference, Even In Kindergarten

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

The most important time for parents to make money may be during their child’s early years, according to a new academic paper. An article in the...