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2009-02-17 05:00:00

Moms and dads get 'plugged in' to their child's learning milestones CHICAGO, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- VTech Electronics, the founder of the electronic learning products category, has expanded its online resource for parents, Club VTech, by adding new interactive tools to help parents engage in their child's development. Available at www.VTechkids.com, Club VTech is a helpful guide to children's development and learning. Now, moms and dads can use the Progress Tracker resource within Club...

2009-02-09 13:21:42

Contrary to conventional wisdom, preschoolers don't move around a lot, even when they're playing outside, U.S. researchers said. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of South Carolina, Michigan State University and East Carolina University used data from the Children's Activity and Movement in Preschools Study. The researchers looked at 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds enrolled in 24 community-based preschool programs. The study, published in the journal Child Development, found...

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2009-02-06 11:10:10

The rate of childhood obesity has risen significantly in the United States, with many children becoming overweight at younger ages. At the same time, the number of preschoolers in center-based programs is also on the rise. Now a new study finds that, contrary to conventional wisdom, preschoolers don't move around a lot, even when they're playing outside. The study, by an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of South Carolina (USC), Michigan State University, and East...

2008-12-03 13:27:47

Addressing the discrimination against HIV-positive teachers in Africa is a key aim of a new documentary and accompanying book being launched in Senegal today by the Partnership for Child Development based at Imperial College London.An estimated 122,000 teachers in sub-Saharan Africa are living with HIV, most of whom have not sought testing and do not know their status. Stigma inhibits teachers from being tested for HIV and many of those who know their status fear the discrimination they might...

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2008-11-14 11:23:07

Adverse experiences early in life can lead to minor childhood behavior problems, which can grow into serious acts of teen violence, according to new research. This "cascading effect" of repeated negative incidents and behaviors is the focus of an article in the November/December edition of the journal Child Development. Using a novel approach that went beyond simply identifying risk factors, a research team led by a Duke University psychologist measured how violent behavior develops across...

2008-10-23 12:00:26

Erikson Institute's Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy this week will host leading child advocates, researchers, and state officials from Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin to discuss mental health services for children and infants. The day-long policy conference, "Building Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Systems: Financing, Workforce Development, and Service Delivery," will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 at Erikson's new River North campus in Chicago. The conference...

2008-10-01 03:00:06

By Anonymous In memoriam FORMER U.S. Surgeon General Julius B. Rich- mond, MD, MS, a pediatrician and child develop- ment specialist, died July 27 of cancer at his home in Brookline, Mass. He was 91. An APHA member, Richmond held a dual role as President Jimmy Carter's assistant secretary for health and U.S. surgeon general from 1977 to 1981. During his tenure, Congress passed the Health Services and Centers Act of 1978, which reauthorized a broad range of public health services,...

2008-08-27 00:00:15

By John Bogert Buying trousers for a 14-year-old boy is not easy. This is especially true when the boy is tall, when he is all thin arms and long legs, when he is all hands, feet and banjo eyes. And hair. Though the hair doesn't figure into the trouser equation, it does figure into mornings, noons and a period just post-shower when I might find the boy wonder in front of a bathroom mirror with thick hair slicked back doing a bad Michael Corleone impression, "After the baptism I take...

2008-07-15 18:00:29

Having the television on, even in the background, may be detrimental to a young child's development, U.S. researchers said. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts said that despite pediatricians' recommendations that there be no screen media exposure for children under age 2, three-quarters of very young children in the United States live in homes where the television is on most of the time. The study, published in the July/August issue of the journal Child Development, found...

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2008-07-15 09:50:00

Preschoolers who are aggressive, angry, and inattentive tend to have fewer playmates than their non-aggressive classmates, whether they are boys or girls. In comparison, non-aggressive children do better at interactions with many peers over time. Those are the findings of new research that used an important innovation for studying children's peer relationships. Conducted by researchers at Arizona State University and published in the July/August 2008 issue of the journal Child Development,...