A child’s sense of attachment with parents or caregivers is formed from the consolidation of a series of interactions and responses during the child’s first year of life (and beyond).
Parents or caregivers who a child can return to in times of distress to receive comfort or protection provide a secure base for the child from which they feel safe to explore the world.
Investing in non-profit programs that provide culturally-relevant education is important to children and families.
Early childhood education isn’t about warehousing children so adults can go to work. There is an ethical imperative to support a paradigm shift in how our society values educating young children.
A Canadian peer support program for early childhood educators is helping staff feel valued and avoid burnout.
‘Free sugars’ should only make up 10% of children’s diets. But Australian toddlers are eating 11% sugar on average.
As the planet heats up, air pollution is getting worse.
In a systematic review of existing studies, researchers found that air pollution such as fine particulate matter can interfere with regions of the brain responsible for emotional regulation.
Electronic devices are not, in and of themselves, a source of visual problems. Using these devices inappropriately can interfere with the natural development of the eye, as well as reading and learning skills.
The impact of using electronic devices is critical during the first years of life, both visually and on the cognitive and social development of the child.
Early learning and play are key to children’s development - and their futures.
Early childhood development principals aren’t just educators: they’re also managers and business people, and those skills are critical.
It is not just the number of words that children hear that is important — the quality of the language children hear also matters.
Given the clear importance of language skills for lifelong outcomes, it is critical to set children up early for language success.
Recent advances in research on human development, and brain science in particular, have revealed that traumatic childhood literally changes the human body, affecting brain development.
The impact of early childhood trauma on lifelong physical and mental health makes it urgent to invest in programs to support healthy pregnancies and stable, caring very early childhoods.
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This Book Week, don’t stress about the costume and don’t worry about what the other mums or dads are sewing or buying. Costumes are fun but what matters is to let your kid read what they enjoy.
The pandemic has meant some parents have to just drop their young children at the gate and go, without seeing the classroom and talking to teachers.
Children who grow up in disadvantaged areas seem to react more strongly to facial expressions showing anger or fear. But social connections between neighbours can help.
Children born during the pandemic are at nearly twice the risk for developmental delays.
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The COVID-19 pandemic – and the isolation it brought on – deprived many babies of the stimulating experiences they need to develop. Is the damage permanent? A language specialist weighs in.
Abortion-rights demonstrators hold up letters spelling out ‘My Choice,’ Saturday, May 14, 2022, outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
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Restricting abortion access has negative effects on parents, as well as children and families, including increased poverty, unemployment, pregnancy-related deaths and higher health risks in children.
Children’s physical experiences help them learn new words.
Children may hear a lot of words when sitting in front of or interacting with screens, but to learn language children need to interact with physical objects.
Entrepreneurial leadership values expertise from providers, educators and parents.
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When early childhood education providers become more entrepreneurial, the quality of their programs improves, research shows.
One child in three is physically or sexually abused or witnesses violence between adults in their home. Other adversities including emotional neglect, living in an unsafe neighbourhood or experiencing prejudice and bullying are even more common.
One in three children experiences abuse or neglect. These adverse events increase lifelong risks for chronic diseases and mental health issues, creating a public health hazard hiding in plain sight.
Vulnerability to suicide may build up throughout the course of life, and may start with events occurring in the perinatal period and infancy.
Early life influences have been linked to higher risk of suicide later in life. Reducing those risks, and boosting resilience in children exposed to them, may help reduce suicide rates.
In expanding early learning and care, Canada must addresses a current crisis is retaining and recruiting educators.
Beyond addressing key staffing issues, developing high-quality early childhood programs must involve using school boards to expand access and grow spaces while offering more affordable fees.
Toxic stress has long term impacts on the overall well-being of children.
The early childhood years, particularly ages 0-3, are the building blocks of life.