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February 8, 2019

The Week in Early Learning

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This week’s best reads about early learning from around the web – February 8, 2019 edition.

Did you know that a recent CDC report says kids are using too much toothpaste? Or that you can send germ-free Valentine’s Day cards to Riley Children’s Health this year? 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.

Send a ‘germ-free’ postcard to kids at Riley Children’s Health — via ABC57 News

Riley Children’s Health is asking people to send ‘germ-free’ cards to patients this Valentine’s Day. The hospital has created an online form for people to use to send in digital cards. Messages and photos on the cards can be customized and each patient postcard will be delivered within 24 to 48 hours of sending. Each card will be printed and delivered in-person to a patient.

Positive thinking during pregnancy could help children’s ability in math and science — via EurekAlert!

Researchers at the University of Bristol examined the degree to which 1600 pregnant women believed that they have control over the outcome of events in their lives in the Children of the 90s study. They then looked at the mathematical and scientific reasoning and problem-solving skills of their children at the ages of eight, 11, and 13 assessed in school using specially designed tests. This study is among the first to link the prenatal locus of control of parents to the math and science abilities of their offspring years later.

Children are using an unhealthy amount of toothpaste, CDC warns — via USA Today

Nearly 40 percent of kids ages three to six use more toothpaste than recommended by dentists, a CDC study found. The CDC and the American Dental Association recommend that children in that age group should use no more than a pea-sized amount of paste. Children younger than three should use only a smear, only the size of a rice grain.

Read more about your child’s oral health…

New study finds pre-k benefits endure through eighth grade — via NBC News

Duke University researchers found that pre-k education makes a difference in reading, writing, and arithmetic and that those benefits last much longer than previously thought — through eighth grade and possibly even beyond.

When Parents Feel Less Stress, More Autonomy at Work, Kids’ Health May Benefit — via PsychCentral

New research suggests children’s health is less likely to be negatively affected when parents feel a sense of control over their work lives. Investigators found that simple measures to advance workplace autonomy can help parents recharge, gain a sense of control, and improve parenting.

“If you can decide how you are going to do your job, rather than having that imposed on you, it is better for children.” — Dr. Christiane Spitzmueller, professor of industrial organizational psychology at the University of Houston.

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