Early Childhood Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

Study shows 14% decline in pediatrician visits

March 9, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

A new study found a 14% decline in pediatrician visits among children with private insurance, while behavioral and psychiatric visits increased. Preventative visits also increased, perhaps due to the fact that the Affordable Care Act had eliminated copays for this type of visit. This article discusses the implications of these findings.
in children with private insurance. behavioral and psychiatric visits increased. preventative care visits also increased – this was during the time when ACA eliminated copays for these findings.

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Family Instability and Children’s Social Development

September 20, 2019 | Emily Taylor

This recent research brief from Child Trends looks at family instability – changes in parents’ situations such as marriage, divorce, and romantic partners moving in or out of the home – and its potentially negative influence on children’s and adolescents’ functioning and behavior.

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Research: How to Protect Babies from Trauma Before it Happens

August 21, 2019 | Emily Taylor

This article discusses the work of The JPB Research Network on Toxic Stress, a multi-university group of researchers working to develop measures to identify children’s relative vulnerability to stress, in hopes of allowing for earlier intervention and prevention.

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Study: Possible Genetic Link between Children’s Language and Mental Health

August 21, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A recent study led by the University of York found a possible genetic link between children with language disorders and poor mental health. The researchers analyzed genetic data from more than 5,000 children, clinical assessments on children’s language ability, and questionnaire responses from parents. The lead researcher, Umar Toseeb, said, “If our findings are confirmed in future work, it could mean that, rather than wait for children with developmental language disorder to show symptoms of poor mental health before intervening, mental health support is put in place as soon as language difficulties become apparent, as a preventative measure.”

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Research on New Approach to Reduce Stress in Parents and Children

July 10, 2019 | Emily Taylor

Two recent studies led by Philip Fisher at the University of Oregon Center for Translational Neuroscience focus on combining neuroscience, psychology and biology to address childhood mental health. One study used video-coaching to help caregivers recognize child-supportive behavior and the other looks at the relationship between oxidative stress and psychological disorders in children.

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How Coaching Boosts Family Engagement

June 11, 2019 | Emily Taylor

This brief from the Global Family Research Project describes some of the results of the Family and Community Technical Assistance (FACE-TA) project’s TA to Early Head Start sites in California. The brief includes short case studies highlighting the changes implemented as a result of the TA, such as including families in the planning of family engagement activities.

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CHDI IMPACT Report: Helping Young Children Exposed to Trauma

June 6, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A new IMPACT report from the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc. (CHDI), provides a summary of the research on the effects of early trauma exposure and outlines Connecticut’s approach to early intervention, which can be useful for other programs. The report notes there are unique challenges in identifying the effects of trauma in very young children. Many young children not enrolled in early education programs and trauma symptoms are often misinterpreted as developmental delays or behavior problems. The report includes case studies on interventions in different settings and outlines key elements of trauma-informed systems.

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Motivation and Early Childhood Policy

May 8, 2019 | Emily Taylor

“Understanding Motivation: Building the Brain Architecture That Supports Learning, Health, and Community Participation: Working Paper No. 14” from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child outlines the development of motivation during childhood and the implications for parents, teachers and policy makers.

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NIMH Children and Mental Health Resource Available in Spanish

April 9, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A Spanish version of NIMH’s Children and Mental Health brochure,”Los niños y la salud mental,” is now available online. This resource on children’s mental health includes information for parents and other caregivers on when to seek help, evaluation, treatment, choosing a mental health professional and advice on how to work a child’s school as well as other resources.

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Early Childhood Development

April 1, 2019 | Emily Taylor

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child has published a new online resource, “What is Early Childhood Development? A Guide to the Science” that explains how children develop in their earliest years, why that time period is so important, and the practical ways we can support early childhood development (ECD) and improve outcomes for children and families. The guide includes brief summaries of key findings and how they can guide policymakers and program developers to improve outcomes for children and families, as well as videos and other related resources.

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