Early Childhood Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)
Impact on Behavioral Health of Cash Transfers to Families of Children in Poverty
June 13, 2022 | NWI
New research asks whether direct cash payments to people living in poverty, particularly for households with children, effectively improve child development outcomes into adulthood. About 20% of U.S. American children grow up in poverty, and family income during early childhood is strongly associated with educational attainment and other social and economic outcomes. A cash transfer during infancy can have profound and long-lasting effects, including educational, behavioral, and economic or labor market advantages.
New Resources to Teach Children Coping Skills
April 4, 2022 | NWI
The Child Mind Institute has released a series of free, evidence-based video and print resources that caregivers and educators can use to teach their kids critical mental health and coping skills.
Childhood Stress and Adult Chronic Disease
February 24, 2022 | NWI
How is ongoing, severe stress and adversity in early childhood connected to chronic disease in adults? And, what can we do about it? In this animated video from Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, learn what the latest science tells us about how early experiences affect not only early learning and school readiness, but also lifelong health.
Practical Guide for Selecting Social-Emotional Learning Programs
November 14, 2021 | NWI
This updated and expanded guide to evidence-based SEL programs offers detailed information on 33 pre-K through elementary school programs, encompassing curricular content and program highlights. Practitioners from schools, early childhood education (ECE) providers and out-of-school time (OST) can use this resource to look “inside and across” programs to better understand program content and assess program fit with their district or community needs.
Sibling Bullying Linked to Poor Mental Health Years Later
October 17, 2021 | NWI
New research finds that children who consistently bully a sibling at a young age can push their brother or sister towards a greater risk of mental health and overall well-being issues later on in adolescence.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.