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March 29, 2019

The Week in Early Learning

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This week’s best reads about early learning and parenting from around the web — March 29, 2019 edition.

With so many news sources and new research, 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 reads in the topics of parenthood and early childhood.

ISDH Commissioner Box Supports Bill To Address Infant Mortality — via WFYI

Indiana has the seventh worst infant mortality rate and the third worst maternal mortality rate in the nation. Numerous bills this legislative session aim to address the issue. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan spoke with Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Kristina Box about a bill that aims to tackle the issue through a two pronged approach.

Toddlers engage more with print books than tablets: Study — via ABC News

A new study suggests that toddlers interact more with their parents when they read print books compared to electronic versions. The number of Americans who read e-books rose from 17 percent to 28 percent of Americans from 2011 to 2014, according to the Pew Research Center. Compared to print books, they tend to be cheaper and save shelf space. But it’s just not the same when it comes to small children, said the lead author of the study.

The ‘Motherhood Sessions’ Podcast Gives A Voice To New Moms — via ROMPER

On April 11, Motherhood Sessions will premiere on Spotify, Apple and other podcast platforms. The podcast, created by reproductive psychologist Dr. Alexandra Sacks, aims to start conversations around the transformations women experience when they become mothers.

If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy, or in the postpartum period, contact the Postpartum Health Alliance warmline at (888) 724-7240, or Postpartum Support International at (800) 944-4773. If you are thinking of harming yourself or your baby, get help right away by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or dialing 911. For more resources, you can visit Postpartum Support International.

Ball State, YMCA partnership repurposes Muncie school into early childhood education and family center — via WRBI

A closed elementary school in the heart of Muncie’s Halteman Village neighborhood will be repurposed into a child care center for infants to age five, thanks to a new partnership between Ball State University and the YMCA of Muncie.

New childhood anxiety treatment focuses on the parents — via Yale Daily News

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in three American children will experience at least some kind of anxiety disorder before reaching adulthood — a number that continues to rise despite years of innovations in drugs and therapy techniques. But in a recent study, a new technique developed by the Yale Child Study Center shows promising results for curing childhood anxiety disorders.

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