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September 18, 2015

Ask A Scientist: How Does Vocabulary Size at Age 2 Affect Kindergarten Performance?

A new study finds that the size of a 2-year-old's vocabulary predicts that child's reading, math, and self-regulation abilities in kindergarten.

September 14, 2015

Ask A Scientist: Can Brain Scanners 'See' a Kid's Imagination at Work?

Dr. John S. Hutton at Cincinnati Children's Hospital is the lead author of a study that pinpointed the part of the brain that helps children visualize stories read to them.

August 21, 2015

Ask A Scientist: How Does Where Babies Look Affect What They Learn to Say?

One particular baby behavior, known as gaze shifting, has been found to help infants learn language, University of Washington researchers say.

August 07, 2015

Half of Children Age Three And Younger Live in Poverty

Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi produce the highest percentage (10 to 11 percent) of babies born with a low birth weight, while the Dakotas and Arizona are among the 14 best-performing states where only 6 to 7 percent of babies are born with a low birth weight.

August 05, 2015

Storytelling Skills in Black Children Tied to Early Literacy, Study Says

The ability to tell vivid, complex stories was linked to kindergarten literacy skills for black children, but not for children in other racial and ethnic groups, recent research found.

July 21, 2015

Working Brain Science Into Parents' Daily Routine

A Bezos Family Foundation initiative seeks to make early learning part of everyday life for parents. The idea is not a new one, but the approach might be.

July 21, 2015

'Kids Count' Report Paints Mixed Picture of Child Well-Being Nationwide

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual data book shows that children were improving in 10 of its 16 indicators of child well-being, but the overall findings obscure racial and regional disparities.

July 16, 2015

'Social Competence' in Kindergartners Linked to Adult Success

Children who share, resolve their own problems and show other markers of "social competence" are more likely to have positive life outcomes, according to new research.

July 13, 2015

Report: Federal Money for Children Disappearing Faster Than Money in Overall Budget

Federal funding for children's programs has dropped 9.4 percent over the last five years, compared to a 4 percent overall drop in federal spending, according to a recent analysis by a bipartisan advocacy group.

June 26, 2015

Ask a Scientist: How Do Toddlers Learn About Invisible Things? (Part Two)

Rebecca Williamson is an associate professor at Georgia State University studying toddlers' grasp of ideas they can't observe just by looking. Today she talks about how young children understand sound.

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