Many Parents May Have to Stop Working Entirely If Schools Don’t Reopen

CNN Business | Anneken Tappe “Long story short, it’s bad for the recovery if parents are forced to stop working to care for their kids. America lost more than 20 million jobs in March and April due to the pandemic lockdown, but the labor market has been recovering since hitting that trough.” A lack of child care…

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…