Child care/children/early childhood development (page 9)

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    Kids as consumer products

    Anna Mussmann documents in a Federalist column a disturbing trend in the public approach toward parents and parenting. … [W]e are witnessing a drastic erosion of public support for the idea that ordinary parents are the people most likely to know what is best…
    Mitch Kokai, August 30, 2016
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    Brookings: Need for more evidence-based pre-K

    Here is an excerpt from an interesting piece on federal Preschool Development Grants (and preschool programs generally) by a fellow at the Brookings Institution, State pre-K, like Head Start, is a program with many staunch advocates and no reliable data demonstrating long-term positive effects. And both pre-K and Head…
    Terry Stoops, July 27, 2016
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    Parenting research and cost/benefit analysis

    Last month I made a wisecrack on Twitter (it’s been known to happen) in response to a Wall Street Journal graphic that struck me as rather beside the point. The graph declared, “It will cost $254,340 to raise someone born in 2013 to age 18.” My response: This illustrates…
    Jon Sanders, July 12, 2016
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    A cautionary tale about universal preschool

    Red Jahncke offers words of caution at National Review Online for those politicians who want to see universal government-funded preschool in the United States. Yet another study has found that preschool yields no significant educational benefits. After spending £2 billion annually for almost a…
    Mitch Kokai, June 21, 2016
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    Universal preschool no panacea

    Lindsey Burke and Salim Furth write for the Heritage Foundation about new research questioning the value of large-scale preschool programs. A growing body of empirical evidence suggests that universal preschool programs fail to improve a range of outcomes for participants. New studies…
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2016
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    NC researchers: No decline in obesity despite federal policy

    Three North Carolina-based researchers have found “no evidence of a decline in obesity prevalence in any age group, despite substantial clinical and policy efforts targeting the issue.” Asheley Cockrell Skinner, Eliana Perrin, and Joseph Skelton’s study, “Prevalence of Obesity and Severe Obesity in US Children, 1999-2014,” has recently been published…
    Terry Stoops, May 2, 2016
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    No Frosted Flakes for you!

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon details the latest developments in Michelle Obama’s campaign to clamp down on the types of food your kids eat. New rules stemming from the school lunch law championed by first lady Michelle Obama are banning popular children’s…
    Mitch Kokai, April 27, 2016
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    Continued success of Communities in Schools of NC

    For years, Communities in Schools of NC has worked to ensure that at-risk children throughout North Carolina receive attendance, behavioral, and coursework support. They continue to produce very impressive outcomes from their efforts. Even more noteworthy is that they subject themselves to rigorous evaluation and review, which…
    Terry Stoops, March 3, 2016