Suzanne Bianchi, Social Scientist, Explored the Changing Landscape of Late-20th-Century American Families

Suzanne Bianchi, Social Scientist, Explored the Changing Landscape of Late-20th-Century America Today’s email from NYTimes.com, which arrives in my inbox every morning, contained three pieces that I wanted to share which relate to families and raising children.  It was difficult for me to choose which one to link to here since they all spoke to […]

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Senate Strong Bill Goes Even BIgger for Babies!: Proposes $4 Billion for EHS-CHild Care Partnerships

Another email from Patricia Cole in my inbox…she’s excited…I’m excited…we should all be excited for babies and toddlers!   From Ms. Cole:  Today, it just keeps getting better for babies! We are now free to announce that theSenate version of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013 dramatically increases funding for the Early Learning […]

Babies Get a Win! New Bipartisan Bill Recognizes Learning Happens from the Start

This morning, I received another email from Patricia Cole at the Policy Center at ZERO TO THREE.  According to Cole, the Rally4Babies effort, calling, emailing, and tweeting the President and Members of Congress about the importance of investing in early learning for our nation’s youngest citizens has ended in victory!   Cole goes on in […]

Be a BIG VOICE for Little Kids: Update on Early Learning Legislation

Did you know you can go to the ZERO TO THREE Action Center to 1)  Join the ZERO TO THREE Policy Network, 2) view the Baby Policy Blog and 3) search to find the contact information for your elected officials and their staff?  It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to stay informed about policy developments impacting babies, […]

Oxford University, England Found a Link Between Some Forms of Childcare and Behavioral Problems

Oxford University, England Found a Link Between Some Forms of Childcare and Behavioral Problems Graeme Paton, Education Editor for the Telegraph, wrote on October 16, 2013 that “academics at Oxford University discovered that exposure to some forms of early education contributed to bad behavior and could be linked to emotional problems.”  As an opening sentence […]

Language Gap Study Shows Vocabulary Differences by the Age of 18 Months

Language Gap Study Shows Vocabulary Differences by the Age of 18 Months Motoko Rich wrote for the NY Times on October 21, 2013 about the differences in vocabulary development in young children from low- and high-income families and the effects this has on their later reading and academic performance.  In the article, Rich reminds us […]

Dear Parents: Please Ignore the Latest Research

Dear Parents: Please Ignore the Latest Research In the above-linked NY Times article published today in Motherlode, writer Nicholas Day, author of a book on the science and history of infancy titled “Baby Meets World,” encourages parents to feel free to ignore the latest scientific discoveries regarding how babies “work.”  He tells us:  Science works […]

In a Mood? Babies and Toddlers Can Tell

In a Mood? Babies and Toddlers Can Tell The above-linked article, written by Natasha Singer and published in the NY Times on October 12, 2013,  is not about how babies and toddlers can tell about your mood, but it does provide insight into how they can.  The article is an interesting read about the use […]

Want your kids to learn more words? Use your hands, study says

Want your kids to learn more words? Use your hands, study says In the above-linked LA Times article written on June 24, 2013 by Amina Khan, readers learn about the importance of the quality of speech used with children.  We’ve heard much in the media lately about the quantity of the caregivers’ speech with children and the […]

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekov

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekov The above-linked NY Times article, written by Pam Belluck on October 3rd, reminds us about the importance of reading to our children as a way to build social skills.  Of course, infants and toddlers are much too young for Chekov, Munro, Bronte or Austen, but there […]