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This week’s early childhood headlines: November 15, 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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MRIs Show Screen Time Linked to Lower Brain Development in Preschoolers

From CNN: “A new study scanned the brains of children 3 to 5 years old and found those who used screens more than the recommended one hour a day without parental involvement had lower levels of development in the brain’s white matter.”

9 Ways That Play Helps Children Deal With Scary Things

From AAA State of Play: “Learning to handle difficult or scary situations is an integral part of a child’s growth and development. It is important to explore different coping mechanisms and ways of handling difficult situations.”

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Is It Too Soon to Give My Kid a Tablet?

From The New York Times: “There’s not a one-size-fits-all answer to the question, but here are several things to consider before buying your child their own electronic device.”

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The Simplest Way to Help Young Kids is to Pay Their Teachers Better

From Quartz: “The reality on the ground in most countries is that the early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce is undervalued, underpaid, and overworked.”

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Miami Kindergartners Eligible For New Savings Accounts — And Up To $50 Deposits To Start

From WLRN: “Kindergartners attending public elementary schools in the city of Miami will soon get an early financial boost: a savings account with a deposit of up to $50.”


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School Officials Now Say Special Needs Therapists Won’t Be Allowed Until After Holidays

From Florida Today: “Brevard School District officials have walked back the timeline for readmitting certain therapistsfor special needs children to the classroom after initially saying a process could be in place by mid-November.”

Teaching Social Skills to Children with Disabilities

From Patch: “Parents can create mock interactions by using puppets, role-playing, and scheduling playdates with new friends. Children who learn to accept new situations in their home environment are more likely to be successful when they encounter new people and situations in the outside world.”