Nearly half of children born to poor parents remained poor half their childhoods. Black children are especially disadvantaged: two-thirds of poor black newborns are persistently poor. Children who are poor early in life (age 0-2) are 30 percent less likely to complete high school than those first poor later in childhood, even after controlling for poverty duration and other factors. Reaching vulnerable children at birth is vital, as a childs early environment can affect brain development. This factsheet summarizes the report Child Poverty and Its Lasting Consequence". (Author abstract)
To promote a more coordinated approach to meeting children's developmental needs, this brief proposes the adoption of the SERIES paradigm of developmental screening in which each step -- Screening, Early Identification, Referral, Intake, Evaluation, and Services -- is seen not as an isolated activity, but rather an integral component of a single process. SERIES challenges all systems serving young children to broaden their focus to include practices that promote shared responsibility for ensuring that each child successfully completes the entire pathway from screening to services. This brief…
During the holidays, we look forward to spending time with family and loved-ones. Children are developing memories that will last a lifetime. As parents, we want them to be wonderful memories. However, the holiday season brings typical pressures and stresses, and some of us have the extra responsibility of navigating co-parenting relationships with a former spouse or partner. Here are a few co-parenting suggestions that can reduce stress--particularly for children--during the holidays. (Author abstract)
This tip sheet reviews the concept of parenting styles, including two key elements of parenting: parental responsiveness (i.e., warmth or supportiveness) and parental demandingness (i.e., behavioral control). (Author abstract)
This fact sheet presents many of the factors that youth and young adults, along with the safety-net service providers who work with them, need to be aware of in order to help build the healthy dating friendships that can lead to healthy long-term marital friendships. (Author abstract)
This tip sheet outlines the usefulness of marriage and relationship education as a strategy for helping families, possibilities for integrating such efforts in Head Start settings, and best practices to consider when exploring partnerships between marriage and relationship education and Head Start. (Author abstract)
This fact sheet provides parents with helpful tips on how to discuss and prevent teen pregnancy with their adolescent children. Tips include communication strategies, making expectations clear, and setting limits.
This fact sheet provides tips for parents on parenting teens such as encouraging developing independence in a safe way.Note: PDF version available.
This fact sheet includes information on healthy teen physical development and what parents can do to encourage healthy development in their adolescent children.Note: PDF version available.
This fact sheet gives parents information about teen cognitive development such as what to expect, how it will affect their adolescent child, and what they can do as parents to encourage healthy cognitive development.Note: PDF version available.