Whether it’s baby talk, singing while changing a diaper, describing the food during meal time, or just plain chatter, parents and caregivers who talk to their infants can make a real difference for their children.
New research provides excellent recommendations for delivering key knowledge to new parents “with direct implications for programs, policy, and practice.”
Parenting is hard. First time parents have it even harder, given that these parents have never done it before. New research shows that helping first-time parents better understand parenting skills translate into improved outcomes for children and society.
In the roundup: Asking toddlers questions while reading helps with their development; new early learning case studies for superintendents; and in Tennessee, an education group encourages gubernatorial hopefuls to boost early childhood learning
How does a public preschool program enable thousands of mothers with young children to enter the workforce? A Center for American Progress study explains.
For children and their parents, the transition from preschool to kindergarten is an exciting and daunting time — and getting it right can make a big difference in a child’s education success down the road. The Education Commission of the States outlines the keys to successful transitions.
The Marshmallow Test has sparked debate and inspired replication for more than 40 years. Is it a true measurement of executive function skills and therefore predictive of life success for all children or not so for less advantaged children?
How are cities and towns grappling with a host of urgent challenges? According to Tonja Rucker of the National League of Cities, mayors and city leaders are testing cutting-edge strategies and developing bold solutions that place children at the center of every decision.
Curiosity is a key part of early childhood learning. How can we nurture curious kids? The Character Lab offers a playbook with overview, facilitation guide, prep activity, and lots more.
“No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education… The film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country.”