A New Measure Will Give Policymakers Better Data About Children’s Development, Well-Being, and Learning

Child Trends | Deborah Stein & Elizabeth Jordan “The measure will represent the first time the field will have comprehensive information, gathered consistently over time and across states, on whether preschool children are prepared to enter kindergarten healthy and ready to learn at the state level.” The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau…

Our Take: It’s Time to Address Inequities Facing Mothers and Babies of Color

Vani Tangella, Senior Project Manager “When it comes to how mothers and their infants fare in pregnancy and delivery, race—or, more precisely, racism—matters.”  —from Maternal and Child Health Inequities Emerge Even Before Birth   The health and well-being of mother and baby are so tightly connected and inequities impact both. A new report from Zero to…

Health Care Access for Infants and Toddlers in Rural Areas

Child Trends | Jessie Laurore, Gayane Baziyants, & Sarah Daily “While some rural communities offer certain protective factors that support positive health and development, many children in rural areas are more likely to face a unique combination of challenges that impact their health and development.” Using the data from Zero to Three’s State of Babies Yearbook:…

How Play Energizes Your Kid’s Brain

The New York Times | Cassandra Willyard “To the untrained eye, play can seem aimless, repetitive, wild or foolish. But play can offer a window into the developing mind. Piaget viewed certain kinds of play as milestones, signs that a child had reached a new stage of development. Studies conducted over the past few decades…

‘Word Pedometer’ Aims to Improve Language Development for Children in Southwest Colorado

The Durango Herald | Erika Alvero “Those first eight, nine years are crucial. And by giving kiddos those early literacy skills, that’s going to make a difference.” Emerging from a program called “Talk-Learn-Grow,” families in Southern Colorado are utilizing conversation tracking technology to measure word use and language development for young children. The LENA technology…

Opinion: How to Reopen the Economy Without Killing Teachers and Parents

The New York Times: Opinion | Shardha Jogee “But what about the millions of kids from disadvantaged backgrounds whose homes are not conducive to online learning and who rely on schools for meals? And what about parents who cannot work from home and watch over them?” The U.S. Department of Education aims for schools to return to full-time…