May 2018 Research Round-Up


Get the latest Research Round-Up - important research on health, nutrition, and physical activity for children.

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Health Resource Spotlight: Safety and Injury Prevention Curriculum

The number one cause of death and disability for children in the U.S. is from injuries. Most injuries are preventable AND predictable. A new online Safety and Injury Prevention Curriculum for Early Care and Education Settlings developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) helps providers learn how to prevent injuries, recognize potential safety hazards and understand how to create a safe environment.


Oakland: Spend Money from Soda Tax on Clean Water at Schools, Child Care Programs​

An advisory board is recommending that the city spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to quickly install drinking water stations at 110 public schools and child care centers. The so-called hydration stations will be installed at, among other places, sites found to have elevated lead levels in drinking water from fountains.

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Young Children and Alzheimer’s Disease?​

A new study found evidence suggesting that Alzheimer’s can begin in childhood. Researchers found signs of the disease in the brains of children younger than a year old. The study theorized that exposure to air pollution may be a factor.

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Community Violence Affects Young Children’s Development​

According to a new publication from the Prevention Institute, research shows that community violence interferes with children’s cognitive, sensory, muscular, emotional and behavioral development. It also affects caregivers’ ability to provide supportive environments.

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Most Child Care Providers are Home-Based – and Unpaid

Ninety-seven percent of providers are based in homes and the majority (72.5 percent) care for a relative or a child they know, at no cost.

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Upcoming Webinar:

Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Time: 3-4 p.m. ET

Host: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

NAEYC recently released a revised edition of one of its bestselling publications, Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator: Using the NAEYC Code, Third Edition. The updated manual is a guide on how to explore the right actions and responses to challenging ethical situations in the workplace. This webinar is a discussion with the manual’s authors, Stephanie Feeney and Nancy Freeman.



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