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The Week in Early Learning

This week’s best articles about early learning from around the web – November 16, 2018 edition.

 

Did you know scientists discovered most infants don’t sleep through the night? Or that lack of child care costs the state of Indiana billions of dollars each year? It’s hard to stay in the loop of what’s going on in the world of early learning. But we’ve got you covered!

Each week we will comb through the web and find the most interesting early childhood reads.

 

Most infants don’t sleep through the night, study finds

TODAY.com gives you the lowdown on a research study from McGill University in Canada. Turns out, a baby sleeping through the night is a myth. Another find: there is no link between how much a baby sleeps and the mood of the parents.

 

Anna Schnell via The Daily.

Babies learn better with other babies

Sharing is caring! Scientists from University of Washington and from University of Connecticut learned that, much like tennis players, babies need friends to learn and play. The study had babies learn Mandarin from tablets, alone and with friends and compared the findings.

 

 

The hidden costs of child care in Indiana

News and Tribune explains how lack of accessibility and affordability in child care is costing Indiana billions of dollars. This article also discusses the Early Learning Indiana economic study and how lack of access to child care affects Hoosier families and the economy.

 

The importance of gender in early childhood education policy

We know early childhood education is important. But are we considering all the aspects of what children are learning? Brookings argues that we may be teaching children stereotypes about gender, and that we should consider how that affects learning.

 

Four discipline techniques that work for toddlers and preschoolers

As your little learner’s personality grows, so will their ability to express themselves in ways that can be challenging. This USA Today article has four great ideas for parents.

Interested in what Indiana experts have to say about discipline? Check out this blog post.

 

Can people be saved from a terrible childhood?

Scientists are learning more about the effects childhood trauma has on the brain and body. In the past ten years, we have learned that toxic stress can be why traumatic childhood experiences lead to health problems in adult life. This article from the Guardian explains what scientists learned when home visiting programs stepped in to prevent toxic stress in the lives of many children.

Want to read more about the science of early learning? Read this blog post.

Or if you want to find out about home visiting programs in Indiana, read this one.

 

Did we miss anything? Share in the comments!

 


Want to continue reading about your child’s growth? Check out these Brighter Futures Indiana blog posts:

Social & Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Make family time school — and career — readiness time!

Family Lead Safety: lead poisoning prevention

Tips for protecting young children against the flu

 

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