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

mindfulness training for parents of children with intellectual disabilities
Early Childhood Development (Ages 0-3)

Combined mindfulness and parenting training for parents may help children with intellectual disabilities

Researchers propose a stress program for parents of children with intellectual disabilities followed by a 10-week parenting program.
ECEC
Cognitive Development (0-3)

Africanise early childhood education and care (ECEC) to build on the continent’s cultural strengths

Rolling out a ‘Western’ model of early childhood education and care (ECEC) is a wasted opportunity to build relevance, excellence and trust.
same-sex parents
Child Development (Ages 4-12)

Children adopted by same-sex parents do just as well as those adopted by heterosexual parents

The researchers found that a more important influence on the adopted child than having same-sex parents or heterosexual parents is how the family manages conflicts.
share care
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Parents’ working hours, far more than gender beliefs, influence how parents share care
mind mindness
Early Childhood Development (Ages 0-3)
Mind-mindedness – parents’ ability to represent and hold in mind the internal states of their infants – predicts how well babies are able to manage their own emotions
school poverty
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Growing family income gap in US linked to increasing gap in children’s completed education
learning
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
An orderly home and parental supervision predict better social and emotional outcomes for children in low-income families
discipline dad
Cognitive Development (0-3)
When African American fathers discipline their three-year-old sons more, the boys do better in math tests
Gender roles
Early Childhood Development (Ages 0-3)
Men and women shift to more sexist gender attitudes about mothering after birth of first child

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