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News Roundup May 18

Research Shows Pregnant Women Not Consuming Sufficient Quantity of Omega-3  A source of Omega 3 fatty acids is required during pregnancy for fetal and placental development and during lactation. Omega 3 is critical for the development of the infant and in particular, for brain development. Implications of the Canadian study also suggest that a supplement […]

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Creating Change: The South Bay Early Childhood Educator Organization’s Story

The newly formed South Bay Early Childhood Educator Organization (SBECEO) increases the dialogue around how we can strengthen society through the early learning lens. What follows is the story of how SBECEO started and their plans to continue creating positive change through reflection, advocacy, and networking. It is written by the organization founders, Debbie Carey […]

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A Call To Action on Behalf of Babies

Wonder why we launched the For Our Babies campaign? Check out “A Call to Action on Behalf of Babies” in WestEd’s R & D Alert, for answers. The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without a paid-leave policy for parents at or around the birth of a child. Prenatal care in […]

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Time and Consistency

Guest Blog written by Kelley Abrams, Ph.D. Over the first few months of life, babies form a close, special relationship with one or a few selected caregivers. This special relationship is called attachment. The attachment relationship evolved through natural selection to keep infants safe from harm. Babies use their attachment figures as a secure base […]

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News Roundup March 27th

Many of California’s Smallest Babies Are Not Being Referred For Necessary Follow-up Care A new study by researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine, the California Prenatal Quality Care Collaborative, and the California Department of Health Care Services has found that 20% of very-low-birth-weight babies born in California during 2010 and 2011, were not referred […]

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News Roundup February 10th

Folic Acid Supplementation Prevents Serious Neural Tube Birth Defects Each Year Neural tube defects (NTDs) are birth defects of the brain and spine. About 3,000 pregnancies in the U.S. still are affected by NTDs annually, but the number of babies born in the United States with these conditions has declined by 35 percent since 1998, […]

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News Roundup January 15th

Head Start Participation Has Positive Impact on Childhood Obesity A University of Michigan study looked at body mass index associated with Head Start participation. The findings show that kids who participate in Head Start tend to have a healthier weight by kindergarten than similarly aged kids not in the program. In their first year in […]

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News Roundup December 2nd

New Study Reveals Nearly 55% of US Infants are Sleeping With Potentially Unsafe Bedding  Despite warnings against it, a new study finds that over half of US infants are still placed to sleep with bedding that increases their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and sleep-related suffocation. “Parents have good intentions,” says study author […]

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Is There a Healthy “Media Diet” for Babies?

Today’s infants and toddlers are born into a world of digital gadgets. Recent research says: On average, children from birth to 23 months old are watching 55 minutes of TV a day, and 2- to 4-year-olds are watching 90 minutes a day. Use of mobile media starts young: More than a third (38%) of all […]

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Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages

A new report Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study by Marcy Whitebook, Deborah Phillips, and Carollee Howes, offers recommendations to reinvigorate a national conversation about the status and working conditions of the early childhood teaching workforce. Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages provides a portrait […]

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