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Parent Talk Proves Critical for Early Learning and Vocabulary Development

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A good vocabulary is vitally important to brain development because it serves as a framework for all later learning. Children who hear more words during the day spoken directly to them by their parents develop better vocabularies and are better prepared for reading comprehension and critical thinking in school. Without words, children cannot adequately express themselves and are hard-pressed to catch up later in life.

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Building Communities That Encourage Healthy Living

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While there are various factors to consider when gauging the health of a child, perhaps one of the most overlooked is the physical community wherein that child lives. A community determines what kind of food that child eats, the school she attends and even the level of physical activity that she can enjoy.

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Good Parenting Results in Better Adjusted Children

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From birth, children look to their parents first to help them interpret the world around them. It should be no surprise then that how parents interact with their children shapes their children’s emotional, cognitive and social skills. These first relationships serve as a reference point for all future relationships, and also influence problem-solving abilities, peer relationships and basic coping skills.

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Closing the Word Gap for America’s Children

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Some precocious toddlers use many different words when communicating early on in their lives, while others appear to struggle through a few small words or phrases. While sometimes a limited vocabulary in a child’s early years may be due to a developmental problem, most often children with fewer words have simply not heard as many words as they needed to in order to effectively express themselves.

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Poverty Research Says A Lot About Necessary Changes

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This week, the Census Bureau released its annual poverty data, which showed no statistically significant change in poverty during the past year. While this is better news than if numbers had increased, it still means that millions of families in the United States continue to live with their basic needs unmet, and have diminished chances of helping their children succeed later in life.

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Communities Can Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and in an effort to promote awareness of obesity and its negative effects on children and their families, communities across the country are highlighting ways that parents, schools, local advocates and even businesses can work together to help families make the shift to healthier lifestyles.

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Ready to Learn is Not Just About Colors and Numbers

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Every September, parents and their children prepare for the beginning of the school year with a mixture of anxiety and enthusiasm as families learn new school schedules and meet teachers. For very young children, however, preparing for school means developing important social and emotional skills, as well as cognitive skills that will help them get ready to learn when they begin kindergarten. There are many ways that parents and caregivers can help their young children acquire the skills they need to get ready for school, even if they won’t actually be starting school this year.

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Low-Wage Work and Inflexible Work Schedules May Impact Child Well-Being

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During the past 30 years, the United States has experienced a dramatic increase in low-wage jobs as our economy has moved from manufacturing and industry to a retail and services-based economy. More than a quarter of Americans are currently employed in low-wage jobs, and this fast growing employment sector is projected to account for two out of every three new American jobs during the next decade. While low-wage work has been touted as the pathway out of poverty, low-wage work may actually increase financial instability over the long-term for many families.

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Businesses and Communities Benefit When Parents Have Time with Their Children

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By Too Small to Fail

Parents need time with their children in order to ensure healthy development, and our communities benefit from healthier children who can one day contribute to local economies. Unfortunately, employer policies in the United States are lagging behind those of other developed countries in following this logic.

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Promote Healthy Eating Habits From the Start

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Obesity rates have increased for children in recent decades as diets high in salt, sugar and fat have become the norm, and as children have become less physically active than prior generations. But obesity in young children has many long-term implications for their health and well-being, as well as for the nation’s economy.

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