Latest Child development Stories

2009-05-15 09:49:32

Young children learn how to speak and understand language from the words parents speak at home and teachers speak in preschool. A new longitudinal study has found that their preschool classmates also play a part.The study, by researchers at the University of Virginia and Ohio State University, is published in the May/June 2009 issue of the journal Child Development.The researchers took a look at more than 1,800 preschoolers in over 450 pre-kindergarten classrooms in 11 U.S. states. They...

2009-05-15 09:42:03

A growing number of American children are enrolled in child care and questions remain about how these settings may affect them in both positive and negative ways. A new study published in the May/June 2009 issue of the journal Child Development finds that early interpersonal experiences"”center-based child care and parenting"”may have independent and lasting developmental effects.The study draws on the large, longitudinal Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development in the...

2009-04-29 09:50:54

Young children think about gender in the same way they think about species of animals. They believe, for example, that a boy's preference for football is innate, as is a girl's preference for dolls, just as cats' behavior is innately different from dogs'. That's the finding of a new study from researchers at Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Michigan. The study appears in the March/April 2009 issue of the journal Child Development. "These results have important implications...

2009-03-31 09:00:00

BOULDER, Colo., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The not-for-profit LENA Foundation is putting forth a strong presence at the 2009 Biennial Meeting of the Society of Research in Child Development (SRCD). At the event, April 1-4 in Denver, Colorado, four talks and one poster will be presented based on findings using LENA System technology. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090210/LA69114) "This year's SRCD is a great opportunity for our colleagues to see how LENA technology is fostering...

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...

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...

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...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'