• By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Monday 24th June, 2013

Does preschool prepare children for school?

Advocates say that high-quality preschool environments prepare children for starting school. A recent study of more than 6,000 children finds only slight evidence to support the claim – and asks whether the typical measures of preschool quality are solid enough to detect the true effect.In this study, high quality preschools gave kids a small boost overall in language and mathematics, but did n…

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  • By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Wednesday 19th June, 2013

Does childcare really harm kids? Maybe it’s time to stop panicking

With more mothers at work, many young children spend their days in nursery schools or with friends or relatives. Some commentators worry that preschool time away from mom or dad is storing up trouble for these kids. But a recent study found no such evidence.The research, drawing on three years of data on around 13,000 British children, finds that children in childcare did just as well overall on…

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  • By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Wednesday 12th June, 2013

In low-income, minority families, babies may benefit from mothers returning to work early

An increasing number of low-income mothers need to work after their child’s birth to make ends meet. A US study up-ends the conventional wisdom: having mom at work may actually be good for the kids’ social development. A controversial study has found that children from disadvantaged families do not suffer from their mothers returning to work early. In fact, they were emotionally better adjuste…

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  • By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Thursday 06th June, 2013

The birth of a bouncing baby baseline

When new parents announce the birth of their new bouncing baby boy or girl, a few basic facts follow: sex, weight, eye color, hair color, and name. These first few pieces of information tell friends and family all they need to know about this new little life. But is there really more to know? A team from Child Trends thinks so. They developed the Strong Start Index – possibly giving birth to…

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  • By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Monday 03rd June, 2013

Strengthening families, strengthening the public purse?

As social service budgets are squeezed, the search is on for programs that reduce public costs without putting children at risk. In the case of families affected by substance use, the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) may fit the bill.SFP has mainly been used to treat and prevent alcohol misuse among youth, but the program only touches on drug and alcohol use. Its main focus is the family dynam…

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