Child Development

Transforming research on cognitive, social & emotional development and family dynamics into policy and practice.

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“Educators, parents and policy makers should all be concerned at the rapid decline in unsupervised free play for children, which may damage early child development and later social and emotional learning.”

Stuart BrownFounder and President of National Institute for Play, California, USA

An Assorted Pick

behavior at school
Child Development (Ages 4-12)

Addressing behavior problems of 5- to 12-year-olds is as important for their future schooling as teaching them math and language

Children who show persistent antisocial behavior between 5 and 12 tend to be headed for a troubled relationship with learning institutions.
parenting helps narrow gaps in math and reading
Cognitive Development (0-3)

Dramatic shift in low-income parenting helps narrow gaps in math and reading

Developmental parenting is blossoming in low-income families whose young children are catching up to wealthier peers.
Child Development (Ages 4-12)

Hitting a child causes damage that may not be alleviated by cuddles and kisses – maternal warmth can actually make things worse

Research across many countries shows the childhood anxiety and aggression caused by hitting a child may not fall, and can increase, when mum is very…
civic action
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Classroom teaching of civic activity and political discussions at home encourage young people to volunteer and get involved in politics
Mother at work
Cognitive Development (0-3)
Mothers going back to work early doesn’t harm child development
arts school
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Teaching the arts can improve social and cognitive development in children
adoption open benefits
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Benefits of open adoption ensure that no one – children, birth or adoptive parents – usually regrets staying in touch
resisting temptation
Early Childhood Development (Ages 0-3)
Rural Cameroonian four-year-olds resist temptation better than German middle class children do
shared parenting after divorce
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
A panel of leading child development experts answer the burning questions about shared parenting after divorce

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