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FAMILY Act: New Paid Leave Legislation Being Introduced!

New legislation, the Family Medical Insurance Leave Act (the FAMILY Act) is being introduced in the House today! Legislative OverviewSponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D – Conn.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D – N.Y.), the FAMILY Act would ensure people have some income during family or medical leave.   The FAMILY Act would: Provide workers […]

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New Video from Harvard: The Science of Neglect

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child’s “InBrief Series” is one to check out. This series includes short (one page) summaries and video companion pieces on recent scientific presentations and research on the science of early childhood development and early childhood program evaluation. A new video in this series, “The Science of Neglect“, is a 6 […]

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The Human Brain’s Need for a “Social Womb” During Infancy

In this article “The Human Brain’s Need for a Social Womb During Infancy” J. Ronald Lally tells us why the young brain needs a protected and nurtured experience equivalent to the protection a fetus receives in the womb. Because of the lasting impact of early brain structuring, Lally argues that whether a baby is cared […]

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News Roundup December 3rd

New Research Study on Depression During Pregnancy Shows Preference for Therapy Over Medication Researchers in a preliminary study from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler Hospital, and Women & Infants’ Hospital of Rhode Island interviewed 61 pregnant women, about half of whom were clinically depressed, to assess their experiences and preferences regarding […]

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News Roundup November 22nd

Pre-natal Exposure to Music Induces Lasting Neural Effects Pre-natal sound exposure is found to induce long-term neural effects in this recent study out of the University of Helsinki, Finland. The study was composed of a learning group and a control group of pregnant women in their last semester, with the learning group listening intensely to […]

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News Roundup November 8th

Earliest Marker for Autism Found in Young Infants Autism isn’t usually diagnosed until after age 2. This study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, was published this month in the journal Nature. It reveals the earliest sign of developing autism ever observed — a steady […]

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New Research Brief: Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education

National legislation on publicly-funded preschool education is the focus of prominent debate for the first time in a generation. A new research brief “Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education,” reviews rigorous evidence on why early skills matter, which children benefit from preschool, the short- and long-term effects of preschool programs on […]

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CDC’s 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card

Improving the health of mothers and their babies is a primary goal of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.  It makes sense that protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding are some of their key strategies to meet this goal. Breastfeeding has many proven health benefits to both […]

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California Department of Public Health Releases Maternal and Infant Health Assessment Data

The Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program of the California Department of Public Health is pleased to announce the release of the 2011 MIHA data in easy-to-use tables, maps and charts. MIHA, the Maternal and Infant Health Assessment, is a population-based survey of women with a recent live birth in California that collects information […]

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Attention Book Clubs and Discussion Groups!

It’s here! We’ve developed our first version of a downloadable Discussion Guide to help facilitate conversations about Dr. Lally’s new book, For Our Babies: Ending the Invisible Neglect of America’s Infants. The book is a call to action to promote healthier development of babies in the U.S.  It’s available in paperback and Kindle edition (on […]

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