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Scientists are making strides in developing learning environments for kids with autism thanks to some state-of-the-art technology. This video shows how humanoid robot "Russell" — which has some human characteristics but is simpler than a human — works with kids on their ability to imitate others, which is an important skill for learning.
Just in Time! Highlights two technological tools to broaden parent engagement and increase the impact of programming with parents of young children. Discussion includes how technology is currently being used and what is being learned from evaluation.
From our Department of Adorable: a glimpse into the "twin speak" of Connor and Maylin, twins belonging to NCFR Board member Lyndal Khaw who were 48 weeks old at the time the video was recorded. She reports that they were in an exceptionally good mood the day this video was taken — enjoy!
How much will that little bundle of joy cost? According to USDA’s annual Cost of Raising a Child report, the answer for a child born in 2012 is $241,080 for food, shelter and other necessities over the next 17 years, which translates to about $301,970 when adjusted for inflation.
Researchers of the Equality of Opportunity Project aimed to study the impact of tax expenditures on intergenerational mobility. The project found "substantial variation in the economic outcomes of children from low income families across areas of the United States." While factors like income segregation, social capital, or school quality could affect a child's potential for upward mobility, the geographical differences correlate with variation in tax expenditure policies in the respective areas, the study found.
"America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013 is a compendium of indicators depicting both the promises and the challenges confronting our Nation's young people. The report, the 16th in an ongoing series, presents 41 key indicators on important aspects of children's lives. ... The report continues to present key indicators in seven domains: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. ... Each volume of America's Children also spotlights critical data gaps and challenges Federal statistical agencies to address them."
In the small city of Cateura, Paraguay — situated atop a garbage dump — a violin costs more than a house. But when two men started creating musical instruments from items in the dump, it sparked an idea that could change the futures of many children in the area. They created a children's orchestra, and the kids who play those instruments are set to be the subjects of a documentary film called Landfill Harmonic.
Listen to their amazing sounds in the video below, and learn more here.
This brief by the Urban Institute and First Focus examines unemployment from a child's perspective. It includes a review of policies affecting the safety net for children of the unemployed. It is part of a series of issue briefs examining the impact of the recession on children.
In Home Front Alert: The Risks Facing Young Children in Military Families, Child Trends examines the special circumstances characterizing the lives of children under age six in military families. Based on that research, researchers offer five reasons that young children in military families might be at risk.
This infographic of Mathematica Policy Research describes the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development of children who take part in the Head Start program. A fact sheet is also available on the Mathematica website.