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March 1, 2019

The Week in Early Learning

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This week’s best reads about early learning from around the web — March 1, 2019 Feel Good edition.

This week we have only good news for you. Did you know childhood poverty could be cut in half in ten years? Or that some green time with your little one can cut their risk of mental health problems? It’s hard to stay in the loop of what’s going on in the world of early childhood. But we’ve got you covered!

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

Report: Child Poverty Could Be Cut In Half Over 10 Years, At A Hefty Price — via NPR

Child poverty in the U.S. could be cut in half over the next 10 years with a few simple steps, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

“Capable, responsible, and healthy adults are the foundation of any well-functioning and prosperous society, yet in this regard the future of the United States is not as secure as it could be.” — A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty

Kids surrounded by greenery may grow up to be happier adults — via Fast Company

We all know intuitively that nature is good for us–but its precise impact on our well-being can be tough to articulate. An important new study has found that when children grow up surrounded by green space, they have 55% less risk of developing a wide range of mental health problems later in life.

Woman creates dolls representing kids with disabilities: “It makes them not feel so alone” — via CBS

The World’s Smallest Baby Boy Is Even More Remarkable Than You Think — via LiveScience

In August 2018, a baby boy was born in Tokyo weighing only 9.45 ounces — about the weight of a bag of potato chips. But last week, after five months of treatment, that baby boy was finally discharged from Keio University Hospital and allowed to go home with his family.

States Move To Restrict Parents’ Refusal To Vaccinate Their Kids — via NPR

This winter’s outbreaks of measles across the nation are resulting in challenges to many exemptions: At least eight states, including some that have experienced measles outbreaks this year, want to remove personal exemptions for the measles vaccine. And some states would remove the exemption for all vaccines.

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