Reducing Child Poverty is a No-Brainer — But Not Because of Effects on Children’s Brains

The Washington Post| Mical Raz “Many policymakers believed that early intervention would pay off in measurable academic and intellectual gains in poor children.” Raz discusses some of the anti-poverty programs that began developing as early as the 1960s. She explains how legislators explored the findings of experimental studies that showed placing children in early-enrichment centers…

Students Who Were Part of Tennessee Pre-K Program Continue to Trail Peers Who Weren’t, Study Shows

Chalkbeat Tennessee| Marta W. Aldrich “The study’s lead author, Dale Farran, said her team’s jarring findings should jumpstart conversations about whether early child care and education are headed in the right direction in the United States.” Aldrich reviews the results of an ongoing study which shows that disadvantaged children who attended Tennessee’s public pre-K program…

Colorado’s Reading Curriculum Crackdown Advances, Districts Commit to Change

Chalkbeat | Ann Schimke “The state began notifying districts about the need to switch from unacceptable curriculums in late October. Districts can choose from about a dozen state-approved core reading programs.” Ann Schimke explores the plan for many Colorado school districts to replace their reading programs within the next couple of years after many were…

Child Care Costs are Outpacing Inflation — The Average Cost of Daycare for Infants Now Exceeds In-State College Tuition Fees

MarketWatch | Leslie Albrecht “The existing structure of America’s child-care market itself is unsustainable… Child care is an expensive, labor-intensive service to provide. …Providers can only charge what families in their area can afford to pay, so wages remain low for the business to remain solvent.” A new report from Child Care Aware highlights a…

Cash Aid to Poor Mothers Increases Brain Activity in Babies, Study Finds

The New York Times | Jason DeParle “This is a big scientific finding. It’s proof that just giving the families more money, even a modest amount of more money, leads to better brain development.” A recent study provides evidence that a single year of subsidies to new parents could change something as profound as brain…

Positive Childhood Environments May Help Buffer the Physiological Effects of Adversity and Trauma

News Medical | Emily Henderson “Physiological adaptability is a key component of physical and psychological well-being and resilience.” Henderson explores a first-of-its-kind study conducted by Darcia Narvaez, emerita professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame and doctoral student Mary Tarsha in which results show positive childhood experiences can help improve the effects of…

Mental Health Advocates From Ohio and Elsewhere Urge Congress to Provide More Support

Cleveland.com | Sabrina Eaton “Congress is urged to make federal money available for mental health support for child welfare service staffers and to increase federal investments for a stronger system of care for children.” As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there is an increased demand for child welfare services as burnout and traumatic stress…

How Public Preschool Can Help, and How to Make Sure It Doesn’t Hurt

The New York Times: The Upshot | Claire Cain Miller “If the plan does not achieve consistent quality across communities, it could reinforce, not lessen, vast disparities in children’s early development.” Congress is considering a measure that would allocate $390 million over six years to early care and learning programs as part of the safety…