Contemporary research challenges older ideas that early exposure to a single language is best.
Research shows babies in bilingual environments can track the precursors to words, known as word forms, in two languages.
Although guidelines suggest that developmental delays, including language delays, are ideally diagnosed by age three, most diagnoses don’t occur until age four or five.
Language milestones matter not as the final word, but as possible signals about where children might be struggling and how they can be best supported to reach their full potential.
Picture books are a great way to approach conversations about diverse gender and sexual identities with young children.
Create opportunities for children to see same-sex relationships and gender diversity to prepare them to live and work in today's society.
Infants and young children need connection to thrive.
Early experiences with our primary caregivers teach us what to expect throughout life.
Contact with nature is a crucial part of sustainability education in preschool.
The global environmental crisis is overwhelming, but showing children how they can take care of their immediate environment can empower them to feel like they can make a difference.
The experience that babies get from eavesdropping on their mother’s conversations in utero helps their brain tune into the language that they will learn to speak once they are born.
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Using a sing song voice helps babies tell the difference between words like 'mummy' or 'daddy'.
Behaviours identified as early as kindergarten are clues about larger contexts that have lifelong consequences for individuals and society.
Inattention is one of the most important early behavioural risk factors for a range of adverse life outcomes, including lower earnings.
Early childhood education can equip kids for later learning.
Cost-effective, scaleable early childhood development and education programmes can make a huge difference.
Parenting win: Your children leave home and say, ‘I loved family time when I was little. Every Friday night was dinner and games.’
A regular family ritual like a dinner and games night contributes to the rhythm and predictability of life and becomes part of a family's unique DNA.
Don’t fret if your kids are starting to doubt Santa’s magic. Coming to disbelieve is not particularly distressing for them and most come to their own conclusions.
When your kids stop believing, it's probably harder on you than on them.
Children in the Willows forest nature program in the Humber Valley in west Toronto are drawn to water and sticks, simple materials for exploring and investigating. Here the children explore water accumulated from spring rains.
When parents walk in the forest with their children and us and see how children are drawn to spiral snails, together we see how connections with the land are critical for the Earth's future.
It can be hard to tell whether what’s in the box will encourage development or just be a waste of time.
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There's a spectrum of quality when it comes to what kids can do with screen time. An expert in early childhood technology suggests picking tech activities that promote problem-solving and fun.
It’s important for kids to move and play.
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New guidelines have been launched that make recommendations on the daily activities of babies and young children.
The community environment clearly has a large influence on child development, but exactly which factors are most important?
Research has started to identify the key factors in creating communities that promote good early childhood development.
Encouraging children to make and use a range of maps helps develop their spatial skills, great if they want to read an x-ray, design a building or put up flat-pack furniture later in life.
It's never too early for children to develop their spatial skills, vital if they want to one day design buildings, put up flat-pack furniture or cut a birthday cake. Here's how you can help at home.
Conversations about gender and stereotypes can start at home, while playing in the sandpit.
Rigid gender roles and stereotypes are key drivers of violence against women. So let's challenge these by starting young.
A teaching assistant helps a child with glue at Redwood Early Learning Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Even though child care costs more than college tuition in many states, college affordability seems to get more attention. Here's why that needs to change.
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Childhood adversity doesn't just affect our choices – according to new research, it also weakens the body's fundamental ability to stay healthy in old age.
New research shows that both younger and older siblings uniquely contribute to each others’ empathy development.
New research shows that children who are kind, supportive and understanding influence their siblings to act and behave in similar ways.
Parents can teach empathy by connecting behaviours to feelings when they talk to their kids, to help them understand cause and effect.
Empathy in children can be fostered. Researchers offer three strategies for parents and other caregivers to promote a climate of empathy in the home or classroom.