After-school program teaches immigrant children and parents

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 … Read the rest

Providing hope and support to children of prisoners


wilson goodeBy. 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 … Read the rest

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

Posted by David Garner-York on

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.

8 yr commentThe … Read the rest

New research explores children’s peer group dynamics

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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 … Read the rest

New study shows strong effects of trained paraprofessionals

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 4.46.35 PMOrphans 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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

Parents Aren’t Teachers — They’re Parents

Kent-PekelKent 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 … Read the rest

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

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 10.10.53 AMThe 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

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

Screen Shot 2013-06-28 at 9.40.18 AMEditor’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 Read the rest

The perils of “Growth Mindset” education

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One of the most popular ideas in education these days can be summarized in a single sentence (a fact that may help to account for its popularity).

 Here’s the sentence:

Kids tend to fare Read the rest