News on Early Learning from around the Web
- A study of more than 1,300 young children finds that shifting from one day care setting to another can have a negative effect on a child's ability to make social connections by the time they are in kindergarten. However, the researchers found no evidence that a change in teachers has any lasting negative effects.
- Common advice to new parents is that the more words babies hear the faster their vocabulary grows. The findings in this recent study show that what spurs early language development isn't so much the quantity of words as the style of speech and social context in which speech occurs.
- Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic disease that can be controlled. It's hard to see a child sick. The good news is you can help a child gain control over asthma. That means fewer days out of school and fewer attacks that can be scary for you and the child.
- A new study is one of the first to show that a father's depression from postpartum to toddlerhood has the same effect on children as a mother's.
- A growing body of research supports evidence of nature's therapeutic effects-on children, adults, and communities as a whole.
- Teachers and caregivers play a critical role in preparing young children for school and life success. In addition to a warm and nurturing environment, the adults in children’s lives should also focus on the building blocks of reading and writing.
- A love for reading and books is one of the most precious gifts parents can give their children. While knowing how to read is essential for day-to-day survival, living to read opens new worlds for children.
- This "Tools of the Trade" article describes research showing that children who have blocks and engage in activities that promote caregiver-child interaction demonstrate significant language improvements in a six-month period.
- Preschoolers' normal growth and development also play a big role in their eating habits. As preschoolers grow, they change physically, mentally, and socially. These changes affect everything they do, including eating.
- The addition of trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses further increases play and learning value by connecting children with nature- which in turn supports healthy child development.
- A recent study in North Carolina shows that high-quality early childhood programs enable a reduction in the number of children being placed in special education.
- The National Association for Music Education designates each march as Music in Our Schools Month, a time to celebrate music and increase awareness of the benefits of high quality music education programs.
- There's little disagreement about early education's importance, but funding and policy approaches are a different matter.
- The Illinois Interagency Nutrition Council (INC) will honor a variety of programs/activities that work with youth Preschool to Grade 6 in public and non-public schools or after school settings: a) Head Start/Child Care programs; b) positive classroom activities; c) school wellness initiatives; d) after school programs; e) school garden activities; f) school meal enhancements. To apply send a one page written description of the program, including information related to program goals, activities or education, and impact of the program. Include a program photo, one page description, and contact information to Mary Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org, by March 20, 2015.
- What do you do when you are cold? You move to warm up, which gets your heart rate going. Here are some ideas to help you help your kids to get moving outside when the weather permits.
- When the weather turns cold and it gets dark early, keeping kids active can take some creativity. Here are some ideas for keeping your family moving all winter long.
- The Office of Child Care has received several requests for information regarding guidance on measles and young children in child care programs. Child care providers should consult with and follow the guidance from your state or local public health departments.
- Check out these activities to do with your children to help them understand the importance of having healthy teeth.
- Social awareness is the ability to understand and respect the perspectives of others, and to apply this knowledge to social interactions with people from diverse backgrounds. This toolkit covers empathy, kindness, curiosity and diversity.
- A new study finds that a lack of sleep and sleep-related breathing problems appear to boost children's risk of obesity.
- Using music and games can help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills and help prepare preschoolers for kindergarten.
Child care personnel may want to contact their center's licensing representative about the new requirements in Rule 407. The changes include Child Care Center Director qualifications, Radon testing, mandated reporter training, lead paint and asbestos removal, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- In the first months of life, when babies begin to distinguish sounds that make up language from all the other sounds in the world, they can be trained to more effectively recognize which sounds "might" be language, accelerating the development of the brain maps which are critical to language acquisition and processing, according to new research.
- A recent University of Michigan study has found that toddlers who show little remorse after misbehaving may exhibit challenging behaviors in the early elementary years. Teachers and parents can seek out early intervention services to successfully treat these issues.
- Each child learns to self-regulate differently. The adult’s role is to assist children with strengthening their self-regulation skills.
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