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Friday, June 20, 2014

National Summer Learning Day targets ‘summer slide’

The Christian Science Monitor – Lane Brown

“Friday, June 20 is National Summer Learning Day, a day created by the original efforts of Johns Hopkins University students to fight the effects of summer slide. The day is a touch point of a bigger effort to re-shape the way parents, legislators, and educators think about summer vacation as an opportunity to continue learning in engaging ways outside the classroom.” (more)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Six options for family fitness, from rock-climbing to yoga

The Washington Post – MARI-JANE WILLIAMS

“Whatever the reason, parents and children are not taking advantage of the one thing that can reliably make us feel better all around. So this is a call to time-strapped parents and children to put down their smartphones and tablets and get active together…We spoke to local experts in six types of exercise that parents can do with their children. Here are their suggestions…”(more)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Family Engagement Matters

Education Week – Cory Curl

“Parents, families and other caregivers at home have tremendous influence on student academic achievement – particularly in reading, where the U.S. has made so little improvement over the last decades.”(more)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Some Cereals Have As Much Sugar As Cookies

KMTV – CBS News – Staff Writer

“Recent research has shown that there has been some progress in reducing obesity rates in young children, but for all other age groups there has been little sign of improvement. One of the reasons for the lack of progress may be due to the high amounts of sugar that Americans consume…A new report by a consumer watchdog group says a shocking amount of sugar is packed into children’s breakfast cereals.”(more)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Tips to boost infant and toddler brain development

The Reno Gazzette-Journal – Staff Writer

“When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development.”(more)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Families: An Essential Ingredient for Student Success and Excellent Schools

The Huffington Post – Otha Thornton

“Researchers Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris recently released the results from a study on family engagement. The findings of the study appear to challenge the traditional view of the importance and positive impact of family engagement on children’s academic achievement. Actually, the findings highlight a lot of what is already known about effective family engagement. It’s the type of engagement that matters the most…Existing research shows that…family engagement is an essential ingredient for student success.”(more)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Never fear, parents: Superheroes help kids soar

CNN – Henry Hanks

“A fascination with superheroes can benefit a child in many ways, including boosting his self-confidence and making him feel powerful. (And what better day than National Superhero Day, April 28, to celebrate that?)”(more)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

CDC: Child Vaccine Program Prevented 731K Deaths, Saved $1.7T

California Healthline – Staff Writer

“During the first 20 years of the Vaccines for Children program, routine childhood vaccinations have prevented an estimated 731,700 premature deaths, 21 million hospitalizations and 322 million diseases, according to a CDC report published Friday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Los Angeles Times “Science Now” reports.”(more)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Firstborn children really do excel, reveals groundbreaking study

The Guardian – Tracy McVeigh

“What do Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Christine Lagarde, Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, JK Rowling and Beyoncé have in common? Other than riding high in Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women, they are also all firstborn children in their families.”(more)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Family Fun- Finding a balance with technology

Ukiah Daily Journal – Michelle Rich

“Realistically, media will impact virtually every family, so it is worth considering how to integrate media into your family’s life…the American Academy of Pediatrics cites studies demonstrating that excessive media use can lead to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity.”(more)