Category Archives: Economics of Babies

News Roundup April 30th

More Benefits of Maternity Leave Two studies out of the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that maternity leave makes economic sense in addition to improving health outcomes for mothers and babies. The findings were part of the “Juggling Work and Life During Pregnancy” study, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. […]

Also posted in Home, News, Paid Family Leave | Leave a comment

News Roundup December 3

Proven Interventions Decrease Preterm Births: While preterm births are declining, it is important to focus on prevention to ensure this decline continues. According to an article in The Lancet, there are five proven interventions that can decrease the rate of preterm births. Examples of these interventions include eliminating early caesarian deliveries that are not medically […]

Also posted in Home, News, Prenatal Care, Screening & Follow-Up Services | Comments closed

The Bottom Line

Pediatrician T.Berry Brazelton, in a recent Huffington Post blog The Bottom Line, reminds us that children must be a priority in post-election spending decisions. Unless Congress acts to come up with an alternate way to achieve the needed $1.2 trillion in savings, across-the-board budget cuts will take effect on Jan. 2, 2013. Dr. Brazelton argues […]

Also posted in Home, News | Comments closed

New Report: How Paid Leave Strengthens Families in the 21st Century

 The National Center for Children and Poverty (NCCP) just released a report titled “Building a Competitive Future Right from the Start: How Paid Leave Strengthens Families in the 21st Century” authored by Susan Ochshorn and Curtis Skinner.  The paper includes “a brief history of paid family leave policy, in the United States and abroad; synthesizes […]

Also posted in Paid Family Leave | Comments closed

Committee on Economic Development Reports Investment in Child Care and Early Education is Critical to Business and America’s Future

    On June 26, 2012, the Committee on Economic Development (CED), a non-partisan business-led public policy organization, released a report “Unfinished Business: Continued Investment in Child Care and Early Education is Critical to Business and America’s Future”. The report outlines the business case for investing in young children, calls for a national strategy to […]

Also posted in Uncategorized | Comments closed

What Does It Mean to Be a Dad Now? Looking at “The New Dad” Reports

It’s a mother’s job to nurture; a good father just needs to be a good provider. Sound familiar? It’s one of the most common myths of the American family, and in the past it may even have been a mostly true description of how some families functioned. But the world as we were shown it […]

Also posted in Fatherhood, Quality Infant/Toddler Care | Comments closed

News Roundup: June 7

Rhode Island Kids Count knows how important a strong start is for giving children the best chance is in life. In a recent presentation on on the economic, health, educational, and developmental trends for children in Pawtucket, representatives for the organization discussed the positive impact that  timely prenatal care, high-quality childcare, and in-home support programs […]

Also posted in News, Prenatal Care, Screening & Follow-Up Services, Well Baby Care | Comments closed

In the News: Research, Medicine, and Community Support for Our Babies

Giving babies the best chance for healthy, happy, and productive lives requires a lot of hard work and attention, not all of it from parents. So, who is working for our babies? Doctors Good health care can make all the difference for mother and baby, and it’s important to start as soon as possible. While […]

Also posted in Brain Research, News, Prenatal Care | Comments closed

How Would You Improve the Country’s Public Schools?

When Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) asked a panel of education experts at a recent Senate Committee hearing how they’d improve the country’s public schools, they failed to mention early learning. Instead the experts offered ideas on improved assessments, better teacher evaluations and different high school exams. I find this both surprising and perplexing. Research clearly […]

Also posted in News | Comments closed

Research Supports Healthy Returns from Investing In Healthy Babies

This New Republic article shows new research establishing a causal relationship between trouble in very early childhood and later in life and why it makes economic sense to address this trouble earlier rather than later. The research says childhood adversity causes damage to the brain’s developing architecture and after age two this damage is difficult […]

Also posted in Brain Research | Comments closed