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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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News Roundup November 19

The First Solid Foods for American Babies Depends Very Much on The Mother’s Socioeconomic Background This recent study, “Sociodemographic differences and infant dietary patterns,” was published last month in Pediatrics. Scientists at the University of Buffalo studied the first solid foods eaten by American babies in their first year to find insight into whether or […]

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Raising of America: Successful Sneak Preview with Panel Discussion in San Diego

Over 300 San Diego community members including educators, doctors, advocates, business colleagues and other leaders gathered at the beautiful new San Diego Central Library for a sneak preview of the PBS documentary “Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of the Nation”  and a moderated panel discussion. The League of Women Voters of San […]

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ZERO TO THREE’S Beyond the Word Gap: Multimedia Resources and Tools

ZERO TO THREE’s Beyond the Word Gap is a multimedia web portal designed to provide parents, professionals, and policymakers the resources they need to close the word gap and support early language and literacy. As policymakers turn their attention to closing this gap and improving the school readiness of low-income children, Beyond the Word Gap […]

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News Roundup October 13th

Benefits for Babies Exposed to Two Languages A team of investigators and clinician-scientists in Singapore and internationally have found that exposure to dual languages in infancy can have cognitive advantages for children. The generalized cognitive advantages emerge early and are not specific to any particular language. Read more here. Exposure of Pregnant Women to Certain […]

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New Video: The Social Womb

Building on a concept that I first introduced in my book “For Our Babies: Ending the Invisible Neglect of America’s Infants”, I recently wrote and narrated a six minute animated video, for use with the general public, called “The Social Womb”.  The video and an accompanying paper are both available for public use. The video […]

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