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June 14, 2019

The Week in Early Learning

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This week’s best reads about early learning from around the web — June 14, 2019 edition.

With so many news sources and new research, it’s hard to stay in the loop. 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.

Learn more about looking for signs of learning at your child care at our pre-K foundations pages.

Preschool glossary: The terms you need to know — via Indianapolis Star

Looking for a pre-k program but don’t know the difference between a Level 2 center and a Level 3? Unsure if the home-based provider has opportunities for exploratory play? The world of early childhood education can be complicated and confusing. Check out this exploration of Indiana’s early education landscape.

Preschool can cost parents $9,000. Most Indiana 4-year-olds are left behind. — via Indianapolis Star

Preschool can be a critical early intervention for children who have had less exposure to language and literacy. But there aren’t enough highly rated pre-K providers in the state to accommodate all four-year-olds, officials say, with few or none in some rural pockets. And the price tag for a good preschool can be too high for lower-income families, whose children are more at risk of starting school behind their peers.

Type 1 Diabetes May Affect Brain Development, Beginning in Early Childhood — via PR Newswire

A recent study found that children with early-onset Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) have mild but significant differences in total brain growth compared to children without diabetes. Over time, T1D can cause complications in multiple organ systems, including the retina, cardiovascular, kidneys and peripheral nervous system. Research also suggests the glycemic fluctuations of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia associated with T1D can negatively affect brain development.

Selecting Quality Care

Indiana has many kinds of child care programs. So, you have a lots of options when choosing the right place for your child and family. Understanding those options helps you have a successful selection process.

Pampers to install 5,000 diaper changing stations in men’s restrooms in the next 2 years — via USA Today

Pampers wants to make it easier for dads with small children by providing 5,000 changing tables for public restrooms across North America by 2021. Across the next two years, Pampers – in partnership with Koala Kare – will identify high-need public locations and provide baby-changing tables for installation in the men’s restrooms, according to a statement from P&G.

UIC researchers examine early childhood programs’ response to new Illinois expulsion law — via News Medical

Illinois is one of only a few states to pass broad legislation to curtail expulsion from early childhood education and child care programs. The researchers surveyed administrators from more than 150 Illinois early childhood programs, which serve over 9,000 children combined. Follow-up interviews were conducted with 25 administrators who represented subsets of respondents who self-reported high and low knowledge of the legislation and those serving urban and non-urban populations.

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