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This week’s early childhood headlines: May 17, 2019

Categories: Blog

In the spirit of educating and advocating for our children, The Children’s Movement of Florida presents Worth Reading Weekly. Delivered every Friday, this newsletter gathers the top Florida headlines about early childhood education, parenting, and healthcare so it’s easy for you to stay informed.

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5 Things Parents Need To Know About Kids and Glasses

From The Washington Post: “Get a vision check early. Children should be examined between the ages of 6 and 12 months.”

Eating Nuts During Pregnancy Tied to Brain Benefits in Baby

From The New York Times: “Children of mothers who ate 2 to 3 ounces of nuts a week during pregnancy tended to score higher on tests of memory, attention and I.Q.”

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A ‘Million Word Gap’ for Kids Who Aren’t Read to at Home

From PsychCentral: “Young children who are read five books a day from birth will begin kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, according to a new study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.”

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Florida Legislature Budgets Money to Help Families With Insurance Costs For Children

From Naples Daily News: “Working families in Florida who earn too much money to qualify for government assistance could be getting a break on health insurance for their children.”

Governor Rolls Out New Standards to Prep Florida Children for Kindergarten

From WTSP: “A 42 percent failure rate is simply not defendable and certainly not good enough for Florida’s youngest learners,” DeSantis said in a news release.

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50 Years After Perry: Quality Early Childhood Has Second Generation Effect, Study Finds

From The Chronicle of Social Change: “The team’s research found that participation in the early childhood program had positive intergenerational impacts on education, employment and crime for the families involved with the study.”

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Despite High Need, Dental Care Elusive For Those With Special Needs

From Disability Scoop: “People with autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders face enormous barriers to adequate and timely dental care — on top of their other challenges.”