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How Fathers’ Engagement Contributes to Their Children’s Development

Findings from the rapidly growing science of brain development in early childhood show the positive, lifelong impact fathers can have by being engaged early in their children’s lives. Here are 10 facts about father engagement. Read More

June 13, 2018  |  Posted in Research

Nebraska Works Toward an Early Childhood Integrated Data System

It's becoming increasingly important that Nebraska stakeholders have access to early care and education data to help make decisions about how best to prepare our young children for success. FFN Policy Research Analyst Ben Baumfalk and the Early Childhood Data Coalition are working to develop an integrated data system that will collect and maintain information from various early childhood programs and services. Read More

May 31, 2018  |  Posted in Research

Why You Should Read that Book to a Child One More Time

Do you feel dread when asked to read the same book to a young child over and over? Take heart, researchers say you're helping the child in important ways when you do.  Read More

April 12, 2018  |  Posted in Research

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
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