Year: 2009

Dear Birth to Thrive Online readers, Birth to Thrive is taking a hiatus for the Holiday Season. We will resume on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes in the New Year!

As policymakers begin considering how to improve early learning in the coming tight budget season, a new report offers them an analysis of the economics behind high quality child care and its cost – not cheap at $11,500 a child. The analysis zeroes in on one market, Southeast Wisconsin, and reports the region’s direct child[…..]

In the spirit of the holiday and last-minute shopping season, I created a list of my family’s favorite children’s books, which are stories that both my kids and I enjoy reading. The list is hardly scientific and anything but set because it changes nearly every month. While I can’t say these books will raise fourth[…..]

Work often slows down around the holidays, but this year early education news keeps piling up, including today’s report on how imagination and magical thinking play critical roles in a child’s development. It turns out a child’s belief in Santa Claus and other magical characters and creatures helps her understand history, news, the future and[…..]

School readiness is a core goal of teachers and parents, but those two simple words capture one of the most complex challenges in early learning, as experts struggle to define what it means and why it matters. School readiness could cover everything from listening skills and social development to early literacy and even mathematics. In[…..]

  This is the time of year when most people get into the giving spirit by giving a gift to a friend or family member or by lending local support to a favorite charity. It is also the perfect time of year to think about the gifts you can give a young child. These gifts[…..]

  Hunger is one of the quieter threats posed by a recession, but it can have a profound impact on babies and toddlers, robbing them of critical buildings blocks at a time when their brains are growing the fastest. Unfortunately, this threat appears to be rising because the number of hungry families with children in[…..]

  This is the time of year when most people get into the giving spirit by giving a gift to a friend or family member or by lending local support to a favorite charity. It is also the perfect time of year to think about the gifts you can give a young child. These gifts[…..]

As policymakers talk about another economic stimulus package they might want to review a Canadian study that suggests the child care industry is one of the more powerful forces in the economy, generating jobs, spending and work. Child care helps the economy because it has the highest employment multiplier among top industries, its low-paid workers[…..]

  This is the time of year when most people get into the giving spirit by giving a gift to a friend or family member or by lending local support to a favorite charity. It is also the perfect time of year to think about the gifts you can give a young child. These gifts[…..]