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.
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.
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 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.
When early childhood education providers become more entrepreneurial, the quality of their programs improves, research shows.
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.
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.
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.
The early childhood years, particularly ages 0-3, are the building blocks of life.
Many kindergarten classrooms draw on six principles for helping children to manage the everyday stressors of life, and parents can too.
The babies born since March 11 2020 have faced a unique set of challenges.
Do we need to just endure grumpy pandemic walks? Creative arts therapists offer tips about how to light up the important family and community connections and routines in your life.
Art can be a way to promote and support mental health in children, and understanding children’s experiences through the pandemic as seen through children’s art may help support them into the future.
My research focuses on how to support children with a parent who must travel afar for work. Strategies that boost understanding and maintain connection with the absent parent build resilience.
When young children are active, their brains and bodies develop the ABCs of “physical literacy,” a key developmental foundation. A new program from University of Winnipeg can help.
Choosing child care when returning to paid work can be hard and to the uninitiated the terms can be confusing. One alternative to long day care in a larger centre is known as family day care.
Remote contact with families in the coronavirus emergency is critical, but learning on a screen is not how young children will gain the foundational and developmental skills they need.
If schools and childcare centres shut without the necessary support, Australia may permanently lose valuable teachers and early childhood educators.
For many children, the anticipation of Santa’s imminent journey down the chimney to deliver gifts is nothing but magical.
The Productivity Commission has highlighted the growing burden of mental illness in Australia. But to really change things, its final recommendations should have a sharper focus on prevention.