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Kids, Get Your Flu Shot

Monday, October 15, 2018

From The New York Times: “The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that everyone older than 6 months should get a flu shot for the 2018-19 season as soon as it is available, preferably before the end of October.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Early Education and Health Key to US Military Enrollment

Thursday, October 11, 2018

From Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “According to 2017 Pentagon data, 71 percent of young Americans between 17 and 24 are ineligible to serve in the military due to inadequate education, criminal records and obesity.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Report: Florida’s Youngest Parents Face Mounting Challenges

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

From Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “Parents who are between the age of 18 to 24 are twice as likely to live in low-income households and face significant education and career challenges, according to a newly released report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

5 Simple Ways To Encourage Brain Development In Your Little One

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

From NPR: “Things that we need to do with infants and toddlers are not things that cost a lot of money. It’s really about interacting with them, being responsive to them.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Why You Shouldn’t Stop Speaking Spanish at Home

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

From Univision News: “Educators should instill parents with the confidence that their native language can promote academic readiness in English.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

As Florida’s VPK Funding Drops, So Do Test Scores

Monday, October 8, 2018

From Northwest Florida Daily News: “Per-student funding has come in at about $2,300 for the last several years. With 180 days of school, that is less than $13 per day per student. Many preschools must supplement state funding with their own money to provide quality education.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Getting Kids Help in Time

Monday, October 8, 2018

From U.S. News & World Report: “Nearly 1 in 5 kids in the U.S. experiences a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder like ADHD in a given year.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Century-Old Decisions That Impact Children Every Day

Friday, October 5, 2018

From NPR: “One of the most contentious issues in education today is how much our schools have, or haven’t, kept up with the times.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Editorial: Too Many Young Parents Struggling

Friday, October 5, 2018

From The Gainesville Sun: “As the Casey report noted, if we don’t help these young parents, two generations will be left behind: the struggling parents and their children.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

10 Secrets of a Pediatrician Mama for Healthy, Happy Kids

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

From Motherly: “Both parenting and doctoring require life-long learning. I’ve been a doctor for 11 years and a parent for only five, and every day I learn something new about both.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Kids’ Brainpower Tied to Exercise, Sleep and Limited Screen Time

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

From The New York Times: “At least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, nine to 11 hours of sleep a night, and no more than two hours a day of recreational screen time were tied to higher mental test scores.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

When Medicines Affect a Child’s Mind and Behavior

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

From The New York Times: “Putting children, especially young children, on psychotropic medications is scary for parents, sometimes scary for children and also, often, scary for the doctors who do the prescribing.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Want Smarter Kids? Talk With Them.

Monday, October 1, 2018

From Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “A new study reveals that adult-child conversation, regardless of household income level, may lay the foundation for better lifelong readers and speakers.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Where Are All the Men in Early Childhood Education?

Friday, September 28, 2018

From The Good Men Project: “The presence of constant social messages of masculinity and femininity discourages men from taking active roles in young children’s lives, particularly welcoming a career in ECE.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Childhood Trauma And Its Lifelong Health Effects More Prevalent Among Minorities

Monday, September 24, 2018

From NPR: “When researchers first discovered a link in the late 1990s between childhood adversity and chronic health problems later in life, the real revelation was how common those experiences were across all socioeconomic groups.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Playing With Dad Could Make a Big Difference in School

Monday, September 24, 2018

From The Sydney Morning Herald: “Dads who spend time playing with their children, starting as early as when they’re four months old, can make a big difference to language development, behaviour and performance in tests.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?

Friday, September 21, 2018

From The New York Times: “Research shows that students, especially boys, benefit when teachers share their race or gender. Yet most teachers are white women.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

A Pediatrician Talks About Why You Should Get Your Child Vaccinated

Friday, September 21, 2018

From The Washington Post: “It’s cold and flu season, which means day-care facilities and classrooms will soon be filled with sick children performing the latest version of that annual hit, cough cough, sneeze sneeze, achoo. So how do you keep your children safe from the common cold and flu this winter?” Read the full article here.… Continue Reading A Pediatrician Talks About Why You Should Get Your Child Vaccinated

Quality Time Doesn’t Have To Cost a Thing

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

From First Things First: “We take our reading all over — to the park on a picnic, to the library where we looked up fun subjects she interested in, (like slime!), and even in the bathroom because sometimes that’s the best place for concentration.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Setting School Culture With Social And Emotional Learning Routines

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

From Mind/Shift: “Educators say this routine is an invaluable way to help students transition from home to school; it helps build a community where students feel cared for, known and ready to learn.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

How Supportive Parenting Protects the Brain

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

From The Atlantic: “Pediatricians are trying to gently shape child-rearing styles so that kids living in poverty have a chance to succeed. ” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Parents Ask How To Get a Child To Potty Train

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

From The Washington Post: “Seek the good counsel of your pediatrician if you think something is afoot. There are bowel problems, etc., that contribute to issues with using the toilet.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Playtime May Bolster Kids’ Mental Health

Monday, September 17, 2018

From The Atlantic: “The clinical report, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommends that pediatricians write a ‘prescription for play’ at doctor visits in the first two years of life. ” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

School Readiness: Why Early Intervention is Key

Friday, September 14, 2018

From Contemporary Pediatrics: “A parent or caregiver who is nurturing and invested in their young child is crucial to that child’s cognitive and social-emotional development, and this impact lasts a lifetime.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Good Vision is Critical For Learning

Thursday, September 13, 2018

From WRAL: “Studies show that during their first 12 years, 80 percent of a child’s learning comes through their eyes, according to an article in Johns Hopkins Magazine. At the same time, 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of grade schoolers have trouble seeing, it says.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Why You Should Stop Yelling at Your Kids

Thursday, September 13, 2018

From The New York Times: “It doesn’t make you look authoritative. It makes you look out of control to your kids. It makes you look weak.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Talking to Baby Might Boost Middle School Success

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

From U.S. News & World Report: “Time spent reading to toddlers or having ‘conversations’ with them helps boost their intelligence and thinking skills, even a decade later, new research shows.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Why is Florida The Only State That’s Not in Compliance With Federal Education Standards?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

From The Miami Herald: “These flaws in the Florida plan matter to children and families. Despite the schools’ amazing progress in raising achievement levels for many of our students, not all have benefited from the improved quality of elementary and secondary education.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Singing With My Grandbaby

Monday, September 10, 2018

From The New York Times: “Researchers say that singing is among the most meaningful activities we share with children.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

5 Proven Benefits Of Play

Friday, September 7, 2018

From NPR Ed: “A new paper in the journal Pediatrics summarizes the evidence for letting kids let loose. ‘Play is not frivolous,’ the paper insists, twice. ‘It is brain building.’” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Why Dads Should Read With Their Children

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

From First Five Years Australia: “Researchers found that when fathers read to their children at home, the child’s language development increased as they grew older.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Breast-Feeding or Formula? For Americans, It’s Complicated

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

From The New York Times: “What is often missing from the debate over breast vs. bottle is the fact that so many women do both. Breast-feeding is still considered the gold standard, but formula supplementation is commonplace, especially as women return to work after maternity leave.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

ADHD Rates in Kids Have Increased Over The Past 20 Years

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

From ABC News: “The prevalence of ADHD in U.S. children and adolescents has increased from 6.1 percent in 1997 to 10.2 percent in 2016, the study published Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA, said.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Teachers Are the Key to Quality Education

Monday, September 3, 2018

From U.S. News & World Report: “Having high-quality programs hinges on having a high-quality workforce. But the field suffers from low wages, which leads to high turnover.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Pediatricians Change Guidelines for Babies and Car Seats

Friday, August 31, 2018

From TODAY: “The American Academy of Pediatrics now says parents should delay the child’s transition from rear-facing car seats to forward-facing ones for as long as possible.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

How To Get Your Grade-Schooler To Eat More Healthy Food

Thursday, August 30, 2018

From BabyCenter: “There’s nothing like seeing your own food grow to motivate kids to eat their fruits and veggies. Think about planting your own. Even if you don’t have much space, you can grow tomatoes or strawberries in a container on a balcony or patio.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Mom’s Prenatal Opioids May Stunt Kids’ Learning

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

From ABC News: “Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to examine potential long-term problems in these infants.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

‘You Can’t Teach a Child Without Family’

Monday, August 27, 2018

From The Washington Post: “Many of the nation’s top preschools have found that the magic ingredients in supporting kids and boosting their academic success are: involving parents and providing intensive support to families.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Books That Take Children Back to School

Monday, August 27, 2018

From The New York Times: “Reading can help kids understand the story of their own lives in school.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Study: More Parents Are Reading From Birth Than Ever

Friday, August 24, 2018

From The Bump: “More than three out of four parents with children ages 0 to 5 started reading aloud before age one. Even better? About 40 percent were doing so before baby hit 3 months, compared to 30 percent in 2014.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Let Kids Play

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

From The New York Times: “Doctors should encourage playful learning for parents and infants by writing a “prescription for play” at every well-child visit in the first two years of life.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Want Happier, Calmer Kids? Simplify Their World.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

From Green Child Magazine: “Payne says that many American kids are experiencing sensory overload with “too many trinkets, too many choices and too much information.” By approaching parenting using simplicity as a framework, parents may be able to significantly reduce a child’s daily stress, which can lead to happier, more successful children.” Read the full article… Continue Reading Want Happier, Calmer Kids? Simplify Their World.

Happy Children Do Chores

Monday, August 20, 2018

From The New York Times: “Being a part of the routine work of running a household helps children develop an awareness of the needs of others, while at the same time contributing to their emotional well-being.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

When the Technology Is Books, and the Age Is 3 to 7

Friday, August 17, 2018

From The New York Times: “Four new picture books make inventive use of that sturdy old technology as they tell stories for kids living modern, computer-saturated childhoods.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

The Benefits of Cultivating Curiosity in Kids

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

From Mind/Shift: “A study of 6,200 children found that elevated curiosity was linked to higher math and literacy skills among kindergarteners.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

What To Know, Avoid When Transitioning Babies To Solid Foods

Monday, August 13, 2018

From The Washington Post: “What you feed your baby in the first few years of life can affect his brain and body, so parents naturally want to make sure they get it right.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Your Child’s Social Skills in Kindergarten Are More Important Than Academics

Thursday, August 9, 2018

From Motherly: “While early education creates an important foundation for academic skills, many parents would be surprised to know that social skills are actually far more predictive of outcomes into adulthood than early academics.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Kids Need Play and Recess. Their Mental Health May Depend on It.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

From Education Week: “Children’s freedom to play and explore on their own, independent of direct adult guidance and direction, has declined greatly in recent decades. Free play and exploration are, historically, the means by which children learn to solve their own problems, control their own lives, develop their own interests, and become competent in pursuit… Continue Reading Kids Need Play and Recess. Their Mental Health May Depend on It.

Why Reading the Same Book Repeatedly Is Good for Kids

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

From Brightly: “The more a child reads, the larger their vocabulary becomes. When a child reads or hears the same book multiple times, they become familiar and comfortable with a greater number of words.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Language and Communication Skills That Make all the Difference

Monday, August 6, 2018

From Mind/Shift: “Promoting good oral language and communication skills is perhaps the most important thing parents, caregivers and educators can do to prepare children to enter kindergarten.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Support Helping Children? Step Up and Volunteer Now

Friday, August 3, 2018

From The Tallahassee Democrat: “Do you love to read? Join the Reading Pals program and give that one-on-one attention that is so important for children struggling to read. ” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Instead Of Trying To ‘Fix’ It For My Kids, I’m Going To Listen Instead

Thursday, August 2, 2018

From The Huffington Post: “When people feel heard and understood, they feel validated. When they feel validated, they are empowered. And when people are empowered, they gain the strength to better handle things on their own, face their own pain, and carry on in the face of that pain. Imagine what we could all do… Continue Reading Instead Of Trying To ‘Fix’ It For My Kids, I’m Going To Listen Instead

Is it Your Child’s First Day of School? Do You Have Questions?

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

From The Miami Herald: “Whether your child is entering preschool or kindergarten, they are transitioning into a very transformative and important time in their educational lives.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Think Summer Child Care Is Tough? Low-Income Families Deal With That All Year

Monday, July 30, 2018

From The New York Times: “Over 40 percent of American children live with a parent who mostly works during hours when schools aren’t open and traditional child care isn’t available — during the early mornings, evenings, weekends or overnight — and these work schedules are often changing at the last minute.” Read the full article here.… Continue Reading Think Summer Child Care Is Tough? Low-Income Families Deal With That All Year

Longer Recess, Stronger Child Development

Thursday, July 26, 2018

From Edutopia: “Recess sessions that last at least an hour have the potential to foster creative play.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Chemicals in Food May Harm Children, Pediatricians’ Group Says

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

From The New York Times: “Eat more fruits and vegetables, don’t put plastic containers in the microwave or dishwasher and check recycling codes to reduce exposure to chemicals.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Writing Prescriptions to Play Outdoors

Monday, July 23, 2018

From The New York Times: “Advantages for children include being physically active, spending time in nature and getting away from screens. And fun.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Dolls That Nurture Boys’ Empathy

Thursday, July 19, 2018

From The New York Times: “Playing with dolls in particular, Ms. Parlakian said, can help boys develop social and emotional skills, and the “theory of mind” that enables a child to imagine how another person is feeling and thinking.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Exposing Your Baby To A Second Language

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

From Big Think: “A new study shows that babies raised in bilingual environments develop core cognitive skills like decision-making and problem-solving — before they even speak.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Want To Raise Empathetic Kids? Try Spending Time in Nature.

Monday, July 16, 2018

From The Washington Post: “Kids need help from parents to put what they know into action and make the connection between something they do and the benefits to someone else. For example, brainstorm with your young child about ways she could help bees, such as creating a simple watering station for pollinators.” Read the full article… Continue Reading Want To Raise Empathetic Kids? Try Spending Time in Nature.

Planting the Seeds for Early Childhood Learning

Thursday, July 12, 2018

From The Suburban Times: “Early childhood education can be extremely rewarding for the child, educator and parents because it is setting up a foundation that is meant to last a lifetime. This foundation must be nurtured and built carefully to allow it to set well.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

9 Toys That Keep Kids Learning

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

From The New York Times: “When you dump those blocks on the floor and the kids have to figure out how to rotate and balance, they’re physicists,” she said. “They’re having fun and they’re learning the foundation to early skills that we know are related to math skills.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

The Families That Can’t Afford Summer

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

From The New York Times: “Summer is the moment that really epitomizes the child care crisis,” says Julie Kashen, policy director for the advocacy group Make It Work. “Our system doesn’t take into account that most parents are working. Summer is when it really hits home.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Recognizing the Effect of Traumatic Stress on Children

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

From Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “One in four school-aged children have had some kind of trauma or at least one adverse child experience,” Graham said. Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Many Florida Youngsters Not Ready for Kindergarten

Monday, July 9, 2018

From Orlando Sentinel: “The percentage of Florida youngsters deemed ready for kindergarten plummeted last year, thanks to a new test that tripped up many 5-year-olds.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

The Joy of Grandparenting

Friday, June 29, 2018

From The New York Times: “Those heroic grandparents actually raising their grandchildren. More than a million children live in their grandparents’ households without parents present, says the advocacy group Generations United. Grandparents who are distant, geographically or otherwise, probably also have different experiences.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

8 Ways To Teach Kids To See The Best In Others

Thursday, June 28, 2018

From The Washington Post: “It’s important for kids to start learning their emotional landscape and their range of feelings,” Thompson says. “Learning to live with compassion not only for themselves but others is really important.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

5 Ways To Boost Your Child’s Confidence

Monday, June 25, 2018

From The Mother List: “Self-esteem is the result of experiences that help a child feel capable, effective, and accepted. They feel capable when they can learn to do things for themselves and take pride in what they have accomplished.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

The Benefits of ‘Tummy Time’

Friday, June 22, 2018

“The most important thing you can do to help your baby enjoy tummy time is, not so surprisingly, to get down there on the floor yourself. Bring a toy, make some noise, read aloud, do something to make it interesting and interactive. ” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Mr. Rogers’ Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Atlantic: “Rogers’s placidity belied the intense care he took in shaping each episode of his program. He insisted that every word, whether spoken by a person or a puppet, be scrutinized closely, because he knew that children—the preschool-age boys and girls who made up the core of his audience—tend to hear things literally.” Read… Continue Reading Mr. Rogers’ Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children