The Offord Centre’s Canadian Neighbourhoods and Early Child Development (CanNECD) study attempts to determine the role neighbourhoods play in children’s development. In some Canadian neighbourhoods only 2% of children are struggling, while in others roughly 75% struggle. The CanNECD study focuses largely on the socioeconomic factors that contribute to this disparity. Continue reading Does the built environment contribute to children’s development?
Social-emotional skills play an important role in a child’s ability to succeed in school. These skills help with how a child adjusts to kindergarten and can help facilitate learning. New research from Australia focuses on two specific types of social-emotional behaviour to see the role they play in later academic achievement. Continue reading The roles of anxious and prosocial behavior in early academic performance
The long-term effects of childhood maltreatment are well known. It increases the risk of mental health problems, crime, and violence. But research has mostly looked at outcomes in middle childhood and adolescence, overlooking early childhood. Continue reading Australian study shows early association between maltreatment and development
Sleep is incredibly important for children’s development. Getting 11-12 hours of sleep a day is associated with healthy development. Whereas getting too little sleep is associated with a host of problems. Continue reading Does a mother’s sleep during pregnancy affect children’s development?
Studies show long-term risks for children born small for their gestational age. Early Development Instrument (EDI) research shows these babies are at greater risk for later developmental vulnerability.
Less is known about babies born large for their gestational age.
Continue reading Long-term outcomes for large babies
Kids are growing up with greater access to electronic devices than ever before. It’s not surprising for children to unlock an iPad before they can talk. Continue reading Restrict screen time, says study using Chinese EDI
The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in 2016 stating repeated or lengthy exposures to general anesthesia may harm brain development in children under 3. Continue reading University of Manitoba study questions FDA warning about anesthesia
Ontario began to roll out full-day kindergarten in 2010. Since then more than one million children have enrolled. Continue reading Queen’s University study examines Ontario full-day kindergarten
Preschool services provide many benefits for children, but many studies lack socioeconomic data to see whether these benefits are equal for all children. Continue reading Does preschool benefit everyone equally?