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Early Childhood Development

The Unfulfilled Potential of Diapers

Michael Feigelson | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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...

Schools in Slums: A Surprising Number of the Poorest Kids Are Enrolled in Private Preschools

Maya Ziswiler | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Maya Ziswiler

There are many things a person expects to see when walking through Mukuru, a vast expanse of sheet metal and mud located just to the southeast of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and home to an estimated 270,000 people.

Day Care Disrespect: Why What We Call Child Care Matters

Katherine Rose | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Katherine Rose

For those of us in the field of early childhood development, the term day care, so common that even an august institution like the New York Times would use it, day care is a maddening phrase.

Home Visiting: Setting Our Children Up for Lifelong Success

Diana Mendley Rauner | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Diana Mendley Rauner

Nearly half of young children in our country live in low-income families, and a startling 25 percent live in what's classified as "deep poverty." Thes...

What Divorced Dads Want for Father's Day: More Time With Their Babies

Linda Nielsen | Posted 07.15.2014 | Divorce
Linda Nielsen

There is no scientific evidence that justifies limiting or postponing overnighting until the age of four. Unfortunately, the alarming reports about overnighting still abound, depriving many babies and toddlers of overnight care from their fathers.

My Modest Proposal

Jenny Bowen | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Jenny Bowen

There are some things we now understand about human development. Besides the need for food and water and basic shelter, we humans are all the same in one fundamental way: we need to know love and be loved.

Investing in High-Quality State Pre-kindergarten Wouldn't Pay? Really????

Elaine Weiss | Posted 05.05.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

A few high-profile but misleading commentaries over the past few months have cast unwarranted doubt on the proposal by President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to support state pre-k programs and make them accessible to, at the least, all low-income young children.

Asphyxiating Education

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Robert Koehler

Just like the disastrous No Child Left Behind Act of the Bush era, in whose wake it follows, it's all about testing and uniform standards and the "rigorous" evaluation of schools and teachers; and it's clueless about the nature of childhood development, not to mention reality.

What Lady Mary Can Teach Us About Mental Health and New Moms

Nitzia Logothetis | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Nitzia Logothetis

Whether this complex fictional woman we have come to love is suffering from postpartum depression, as some speculate, or simply grief, I felt tremendous empathy for her and her infant son George.

Declaration on the Well-Being of NYC's Children

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jeffrey Sachs

We call attention to the overwhelming evidence that investing in the health and education of children is the highest-return investment available to society. We recognize the critical role of parents and a range of support programs that enrich the years of early development.

Reflections on a Milestone with ChildFund

Anne Goddard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

With 75 years under our belts, the good news is that we are making progress -- tangible, measurable progress.

Read Every Day: A Healthy Prescription for Your Child

Dr Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD | Posted 12.23.2013 | Parents
Dr Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD

Reading builds motivation, curiosity and memory. It nurtures children and encourages them to form a positive association with books and reading later in life.

Getting Children Ready for School: It Must Start Years Before

Anne Goddard | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Children in developing countries rarely acquire the necessary building blocks, and in fact, they typically confront circumstances that serve to inhibit rather than encourage their proper development.