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The number of uninsured children is on the rise

By Nickolas Bagley, Youth Today “For many years, the nation has been on a positive trajectory reducing the number and rate of uninsured children. Having health insurance is important for children as they are more likely to receive needed services, have better educational outcomes, and their family is protected from the financial risks associated with […]

After-school program teaches immigrant children and parents

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today Two hours after the school day ended, three parents sat in the nearly empty cafeteria at Norton Park Elementary School in a suburb north of Atlanta. They looked toward a screen several sentences were projected on. “Is this a good command or a bad command?” asked Allison Garefino, part-time assistant professor […]

Providing hope and support to children of prisoners

  By. W. Wilson Goode Editor’s note: We are honored to have the commentary of Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. which also appears in the publication “The Least of These: Amachi and the Children of Prisoners. In a spiritual sense, I have felt an obligation to work on behalf of this invisible population: the children […]

Here’s How 8-year-olds Around The World Feel About Their Lives

UNIVERSITY OF YORK Posted by David Garner-York on February 17, 2016 A new study of 8-year-old children in 16 countries shows that most are happy with lives—but some, most notably in Ethiopia, South Korea, and England—report having low self-esteem. The Children’s Worlds study, coordinated in England by the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the […]

New research explores children’s peer group dynamics

Posted by Rachel Griess-Texas on January 5, 2016 The threat of ostracism leads children to imitate group behaviors as a way to get back in the “in-group,” according to psychologists. Previous studies indicate that excluded adults will mimic behaviors of others to increase “liking and rapport” in an attempt to be re-included; new research suggests children are […]

New study shows strong effects of trained paraprofessionals

Orphans and other vulnerable children in developing countries respond dramatically well to talk therapy, even when the therapists have little formal training. The findings suggest that young people from poor nations—including some who experience trauma such as sexual or domestic abuse—can benefit from mental health treatment although health professionals are not available to provide it. […]

Roundtable: How Does Poverty Affect the Brain?

By Princess Ojiaku | October 23, 2015 Scientific American Blog Growing up in poverty can hinder childhood achievement and affect life trajectory. Researchers in fields, such as economics and social sciences, have extensively documented these differences, but can neuroscientists develop a more complete understanding of poverty’s reach by studying the brains of infants and young […]

Parents Aren’t Teachers — They’re Parents

Kent Pekel President and CEO, Search Institute At the start of the current school year, I was struck by the number of superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders across the country who called on parents to get more involved in their children’s learning. I also noted that many of them promised to make family engagement […]

Meet the new Society for Research on Child Develoment President, Dr. Ron Dahl

The new President of the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) describes the many dramatic changes since today’s 20 somethings were born and how developmental science is exploding! Excerpt from Professor Dahl’s letter to SRCD. “The rapidly-changing face of children’s daily experiences around the globe… This is one of the greatest challenges facing our field […]

Why “there’s simply no real substitute for physical presence”

Editor’s Note: Many of us can relate to this thoughtful New York Times column by Frank Bruni (excerpted below) as he reflects on the value of long expanses of time with family and friends.As he notes, young people’s disclosures about important topics don’t always fit neatly into the designated meeting time. Together time provides more opportunities for them […]