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Social success is just as important as getting good grades in school.

Researchers find that when children learn to interact effectively with their peers and control their emotions, it can have an enormous impact on how their adult lives take shape.

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Investment in Early Childhood Development makes good business sense

A new report published today by the Global Business Coalition for Education reveals that investment in early childhood programs offer the highest returns on investments and are more successful and cost-effective than later interventions.

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Why are a child's first five years of life so important?

This video from theounce.org takes a look into the lives of the many children we serve here in Garrett, Allegany, and Washington counties. Look at the video here by the First Five Years Fund. Let's work together to get our policy makers and elected officials to help us invest in our communities. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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How children’s brains develop to make them right or left handed

As children grow older, they tend to favor one hand over the other for certain tasks, particularly for writing or drawing. A child’s “handedness” is generally categorized as right, left or mixed, and tends to settle around the same time they acquire language – about four-years-old. It remains a persistent characteristic throughout our life.

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Early Intervention (EI): Supporting infants and toddlers

At some point almost all early educators work with a child who receives or needs early intervention (EI) services. Early intervention consists of services and supports designed to help children who have a developmental delay or special need, and their families. Through collaboration with families and related service providers, supportive practices for infants and toddlers who receive EI services can be implemented within existing routines and across environments.

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The Marshmallow Test: What It Tells Us About Kids With ADHD and Self-Control

Research shows that self-control is learned best through play and physical activity. Playing games promotes self-control, especially games where children have to listen to the rules, pay attention when the rules change and not act on autopilot. Two great examples are Simon Says and Red Light/Green Light.

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Will you spoil your baby if you pick it up each time it cries?

New research points to cuddled children growing up to be healthier, less depressed, kinder, more empathetic, and more productive adults.

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How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. In this video, Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer.

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Mental Health Begins in Early Childhood

Science tells us that the foundations of sound mental health are built early in life. Early experiences—including children’s relationships with parents, caregivers, relatives, teachers, and peers—interact with genes to shape the architecture of the developing brain. Disruptions in this developmental process can impair a child’s capacities for learning and relating to others, with lifelong implications.

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6 Ways to Support Preschooler's Social–Emotional Learning at Home and in School

High quality social-emotional learning (SEL) curricula have been shown to improve children’s social and emotional competencies significantly — and these are key contributors to kindergarten readiness. But implementing a curriculum is not the only way that preschool teachers and parents can support children’s SEL. Every adult who regularly interacts with your child has the opportunity to contribute to her SEL in a variety of ways.

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