Resources for Early Childhood Development
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Wounded Places chronicles the stories of children shaken by violence and adversity and asks not “What's wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?"
Once Upon a Time allows us to imagine how things might be different if all of America’s children had access to high-quality early care and education—in fact, we almost did.
When the ACE survey included questions about racism, safety and violence, researchers discovered that 37% of Philadelphians reported four or more ACEs.
The students attending this high-quality early ed program were followed for 50 years. What did we learn?
Families are expected to do it alone. Yet other sectors of our society receive billions in state support.
A Salt Lake City school district is closing the achievement gap and radically cutting special ed costs by investing early in high-quality preschool.
Ashley, a single mom in Maine dependent on meager public assistance, worries about the health and well-being of her two young girls.
Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett describes what a child feels: Is this a safe world? What will happen when I feel afraid? What will happen when I feel hungry?
We know that people who’ve suffered trauma are often left not only with physical but also psychological injuries.
Many children in our society feel like a truck is coming at them all day long, for more days than not, and this really takes a toll.
Children don't need to be injured to be hurt. Chronic stress, adversity and trauma can hurt them just as much.
Healing the hurt of young people begins with asking not, “What’s wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?”
Every major economy on the planet assures paid maternity or family leave – except the U.S.
It’s hard to try to make everything work. You feel pulled in all different directions.
More than 80 billion brain cells. That’s how many a baby is born with. But it’s the connections between cells that matter.
The nation’s single largest employer provides government funded childcare. It’s high-quality and it’s affordable.
To imagine how the US will do tomorrow, we need only ask how its children are doing today. International data sounds a warning.
How might child developmental paths be affected by the stressors parents face when their kids are babies? In Wisconsin, researchers followed 500 children for two decades to find out.
Nobody does this alone. Nobody does this in isolation. The environment that the family lives in matters.
Is this what we’ve decided as society, that this degree of tension, these complex trade-offs are the norm, to be expected, just a part of raising a child?
The capacity of the brain and the human spirit to continue and thrive and develop is beyond what any of us could predict.
When women were suddenly propelled into the workforce during WWII, the government responded.
Humans are resilient organisms and studies show that negative epigenetic effects need not be permanent.
If social conditions can “get under the skin” and modify our biology, are less-affluent children being primed for more problems in life?
Rat mothers like to build nests for their pups with soft materials. But these moms have only been given hard, scratchy, inferior building supplies.
We’ve long known that early life can last a lifetime. Now new science shows how our experiences can become imprinted in our biology, altering gene expression.
Scientists detected changes in the brain architecture of 18 year-olds whose parents had reported being under chronic stress when those same adolescents were babies.
Parents and caregivers are left to fend for themselves in a society that’s unresponsive to family needs.
Economists rarely turn their attention to the world of early childhood and preschool. But with a wealth of scientific research pointing to the importance of a child’s earliest years, several economists are worried about our investments in early childhood.
The Raising of America reframes the way we look at early child health and development. This ambitious documentary series and multimedia initiative by the producers of UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America.
This is the 30-second trailer that you can embed on your website for The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation, the 5-part documentary series that seeks to reframe the way Americans look at early childhood health and development.
Working behind the scenes, Pres. Nixon and his young White House speech writer, Patrick Buchanan, shocked Congress when they invoked ‘family values’ for the first time to undercut families.
Then Senator (and former VP) Walter Mondale describes how a bi-partisan Congress assured high-quality childcare and other services from birth to age five for every family that wanted it back in 1971.