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An archive of research links and resources highlighting preschool, kindergarten and child research studies, conducted by educational and independent sources and how they relate to childhood development, family cohesiveness and educational values.

      
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News With Views

by Nancy Levant

June 26, 2007

This topic deserves the deepest introspection by every person of every age and gender. At the core of our being, we are first and foremost male or female.

Now, what's interesting to consider about this exploding fascination with gender is that all grant-based projects come with governmental agendas attached - all grant-based projects. And in today's world, grant-based projects partner with other grant-based projects - all sharing information, and all reporting their project results and data to their grantors - the government.

ECS Education Policy Issue

by School Year 2005-2006

June 19, 2007

Public elementary and secondary schools had 49.1 million students in membership in school year 2005-06. This was an increase of 1 percent from the 48.8 million students in membership in school year 2004-05

In the 2005-06 school year, 34.3 million students (69.9 percent of all students) were enrolled in prekindergarten through grade 8 and ungraded classes; 14.8 million students (30.1 percent of all students) were enrolled in grades 9-12.

Preschool California

by Lynn A. Karoly, Elaine Reardon, Michelle Cho

March 27, 2007

RAND's report, County-Level Estimates of the Effects of a Universal Preschool Program in California, predicts local reductions in high school dropouts, grade retention, special education years and juvenile crime.

New research from economists at the RAND Corporation shows that a strategic, statewide investment in quality preschool opportunity for all would deliver major education and public safety benefits to local communities.

BBC News (UK)

by Tara Gadomski

March 23, 2007

Christian home education on the rise in the US, but do parents make the grade as teachers?

But after the publication of several controversial books that criticised institutional schooling, the modern homeschool movement in the US began, with thousands of suburban families joining in. Still, it was not until recently that the numbers of homeschoolers really exploded - nearly doubling in the last six years.

PBS: Frontline

by Stephen J. Ceci, Ph.D. and Eduardus de Bruyn, M.A.

February 8, 2007

As a result of society's reaction to dramatic increases in reports of abuse and neglect, children increasingly are being admitted as witnesses in juvenile and criminal proceedings.

The scientific research on the suggestibility of children's recollections is contradictory and confusing. Although the historical literature on children's suggestibility, with only two exceptions, led to jaundiced portrayal of children's suggestibility-proneness, the most recent studies are more equivocal in their conclusions about children's testimonial competence...

Guardian Unlimited (UK)

by Lucy Ward

November 14, 2006

Parents who invest in toy computers and other electronic games marketed as boosting learning for babies and pre-schoolers could save their money and help their children to learn themselves, according to new research.

A government-funded study examining the role of technology in the lives of three- and four-year-old children and their families found that the hi=tech devices - one of the fastest growing sectors of the toy market, aimed at infants as young as nine months - are no more effective than traditional ways of introducing basic literacy and number skills.

MSNBC

November 7, 2006

New national data show school bus-related accidents send 17,000 U.S. children to emergency rooms each year, more than double the number in previous estimates that only included crashes.

Nearly one-fourth of the accidents occur when children are boarding or leaving school buses, while crashes account for 42 percent, the new research shows. The study appears in November's Pediatrics, being released Monday.

New York Times

by Robert Pear

October 17, 2006

Mothers are spending at least as much time with their children today as they did 40 years ago, and the amount of child care and housework performed by fathers has sharply increased, researchers say.

We might have expected mothers to curtail the time spent caring for their children, but they do not seem to have done so, said one of the researchers, Suzanne M. Bianchi, chairwoman of the department of sociology at the University of Maryland.

News Medical

by Child Health News

October 16, 2006

According to researchers in the UK, how much a child's head grows by the time he or she reaches age one may be an indication of a child's intelligence.

The researchers from the University of Southampton, in England say although they do not know exactly what causes some babies to have bigger brains than others, the brain volume a child achieves by the age of one year helps determine later intelligence.

Eurek Alert

by Phyllis Picklesimer

October 5, 2006

What influences women when they are making child custody decisions that will bring them into future contact with a violent or controlling ex-husband?

Fear, pragmatism, and the belief--sometimes reinforced in mandated divorce education classes--that their children will suffer if both parents are not in their lives, according to a University of Illinois study in the August Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

      
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