Early Childhood Archives - NWI

Research: Quality of Early Family Relationships Affects Children’s Mental Health

June 22, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Researchers from the Academy of Finland conducted a seven-year longitudinal study to investigate the impact that the transition to parenthood has on families and what effect early family relationships have on children’s emotional development. The study included 710 Finnish families during pregnancy, when the children were two months, and again at one year and middle childhood. Researchers identified various family types and found that problematic family types were tied to different emotional regulation problems in middle childhood.

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Case Study: Wisconsin Collaboration to Coordinate Early Childhood Data

May 19, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC) has published a case study on Wisconsin’s program to link early childhood data between three agencies – the Departments of Health Services, Children and Families, and Public Instruction – to improve services and outcomes for children.

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Research on Impact of Pre-Kindergarten

April 25, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The Brookings Institution recently published a report on the current research on the impact of pre-kindergarten and found “uniformly positive evidence of impact on kindergarten readiness”. According to the report, 42 states plus the District of Columbia now have early education programs serving 30 percent of the nation’s 4-year-olds and 5 percent of 3-year-olds. The report identifies the need for further research into the best ways to implement pre-kindergarten programs.

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New Research Finds Unique Fingerprint-Like Pattern in Human Brain

February 28, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A study by researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway published recently in Nature Neuroscience, found unique, fingerprint-like patterns in the human brain. These unique network patterns develop during childhood and adolescence. Children and adolescents with mental illness symptoms were found to have a delay in the way these brain network patterns developed.

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What If All Children Could Attend Preschool?

February 6, 2017 | Emily Taylor

In this recent blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the authors detail the benefits of preschool to children’s long term well-being and survey preschool standards in several European countries, where universal preschool is the norm.

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New American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement

January 5, 2017 | Emily Taylor

“Addressing Early Childhood Emotional and Behavioral Problems” is a new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement that outlines effective evidence-based interventions in child care. It covers some of the problems frequently seen in young children including reactive attachment disorder; disruptive behavior disorders; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); and anxiety and mood disorders. Lead author, Dr. Mary Margaret Gleason, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Tulane University School of Medicine, points to evidence supporting therapy for young children, over treatment with psychotropic medications.

Read about the new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement»

Viewpoint in Favor of Universal Home Visits

January 3, 2017 | Emily Taylor

In this viewpoint piece, Martha Davis, MSS, a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shares her experiences as a home visitor and outlines the benefits of such programs in supporting families.

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Perinatal mental health interventions deliver many economic and societal benefits

December 20, 2016 | Emily Taylor

Recent research funded by NHS England reviewed evidence on interventions designed to reduce mental health problems during the perinatal period to assess the interventions’ net benefit. The results support the investment in these early interventions as valuable for improved outcomes for mothers and children, as well as health and social care savings and overall societal benefit.

Read the article about research on net benefits of perinatal mental health interventions»

Research to Practice Brief: Including Relationship-Based Care Practices in Infant-Toddler Care: Implications for Practice and Policy

October 20, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A new Research to Practice Brief, “Including Relationship Based
Care Practices in Infant-Toddler Care: Implications for Practice and Policy,” offers guidelines for implementing relationship-based care practices to help support the relationships between staff and the infants and toddlers in their care. The brief also highlights research supporting this focus on relationship-based care practices.

Read the article on relationship-based care practices for infant and toddler care»

NIH-funded study reveals long-term emotional effects of poor sleep

August 5, 2016 | Emily Taylor

According to recent research, children who experience inadequate or disrupted sleep are more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders later in life.

Read about the research on the impact of lack of sleep on children»

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