New Harvard Center on the Developing Child Video: Building Core Capabilities for Life

This new 5-minute video explores development and use of core capabilities, known as executive function skills, beginning in early childhood.  Read More

February 15, 2018  |  Posted in Research

New Census Data: 39% of Nebraska Children from Birth to Age 5 Are at Risk

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its latest  American Community Survey data and we have used it to calculate the number of children in Nebraska ages 0-5 who are at risk. Maps break down the data by county, Legislative districts and Congressional districts. Children who struggle in school have lower graduation rates, lower earnings and higher incarceration rates.   Read More

January 18, 2018  |  Posted in Research

Study: Benefits of Early Childhood Education Persist into High School

Children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs later experience higher graduation rates, decreased grade retention and fewer special education placements when compared with students who did not participate, according to new research published by the American Educational Research Association. Read More

November 22, 2017  |  Posted in Research

Researchers Identify ‘Magic 8’ Practices to Create Excellent Preschool Classrooms

A study of 840 children over two years has identified eight teacher actions that had the largest effect on students' success in preschool and preparation for kindergarten. 

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November 09, 2017  |  Posted in Research

Study: Head Start Benefits Extend to Second Generation of Kids

A new study shows that the benefits of Head Start extend decades later to children whose parents participated in the early childhood program in the 1960s.

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October 05, 2017  |  Posted in Research

New Harvard Study to Focus on Formal and Informal Child Care

Harvard University researchers are embarking on a longitudinal study to learn how informal and formal child care environments affect how children learn and grow. Read More

August 10, 2017  |  Posted in Research

New Research: Screen Time Linked to Delayed Speech Development

The more time children under age 2 spend playing with smart phones, tablets, electronic games and other handheld screens, the more likely they are to begin talking later, according to research presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in May. Read More

July 06, 2017  |  Posted in General Research

Why Talking About Math With Kids Is Important

“Number talk” at home is a key predictor of children’s math achievement in school, yet many parents don’t speak enough about numbers with their children. Read More

December 08, 2016  |  Posted in Research

Plugged-In Parenting: How Parental Smartphone Use May Affect Kids

Mobile technology and the ability to receive work email and other communication around the clock has blurred the lines between work and home for many parents.

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October 13, 2016  |  Posted in Research

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute: Abecedarian Project

The long-term results of the Abecedarian Project show a clear economic benefit when children at risk receive enriched early care and education. Read More

September 15, 2016  |  Posted in Research
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