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The National Center for Children and Families and our staff are frequently cited in the media on a wide range of child development and policy issues. Following are highlights of media activity and other notable events at the Center.

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2013

Dr. Pam Klebanov, Senior Research Scientist at NCCF, was recently awarded a seed grant from the Columbia University Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy. The study, “Does an Early Education Program for Low Birth Weight Infants Have an Impact Upon Body Mass Index Later in Life?” uses data from the Infant Health and Development Program.

Dr. Brooks-Gunn was awarded funding from the Teachers College Provost’s Investment Fund to pilot-test biophysiological measures of kindergarteners’ attention, stress, and impulse control in conjunction with Dr. Karen Froud, director of  the Neurocognition of Language lab and Associate Professor for the programs in Speech-Language Pathology and Neuroscience & Education.

An article by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues was featured on the PBS Newshour website. The article demonstrates that the drop in consumer confidence associated with the Great Recession was associated with an increase in the chances that mothers hit their children regularly. The article appears in Child Abuse & Neglect.

A recent article by NCCF researchers Anne Martin and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn — along with Rebecca Ryan from Georgetown University — was profiled in Best Evidence in Brief, a publication by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. The article, appearing in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, suggests that interest and persistence during the toddler years are equally predictive of school readiness at age 5. They are also both influenced by maternal supportiveness between ages 1 and 3. Results suggest that interventions to advance school readiness consider promoting young children’s interest in learning.

An article co-authored by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences was covered by NPR, among other media outlets. Using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, researchers found that mothers with the sensitive allele of the DRD2 gene were more likely to parent harshly when there was an economic downturn. When the economy recovered, they were less likely to parent harshly.  The study supports the notion that individuals with sensitive genes respond to positive, as well as negative, environmental influences.

Archived Press Items

2012

NCCF Co-Director Sharon Lynn Kagan Publishes New Book: “Early Childhood Systems: Transforming Early Learning.” In this seminal volume, leading authorities strategize about how to create early childhood systems that transcend politics and economics to serve the needs of all young children. Visit Teachers College Press to learn more and purchase.

NCCF’s Jeanne Brooks-Gunn & Erin Bumgarner featured in NYTimes Magazine article: “The Best Nanny Money Can Buy.”

“The single-most important characteristic is the extent to which a nanny is responsive to the child’s mood and interests.” Read the article.

NCCF Co-Director Sharon Lynn Kagan Assists US Department of Education in Announcing Recipients of $500 million in Federal Pre-School Funding. In a conference call with education reporters, Kagan said, “everybody is waking up to the importance of very high-quality programs for all young children.”

Wall Street Journal story: http://on.wsj.com/uqEW0

Washington Post story: http://wapo.st/tjJgZj

CNN.com story: http://bit.ly/sMsHHU

KUOW Radio (NPR, Washington State): http://bit.ly/tHglJ7

TC Today Features NCCF Co-Director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, “The Eclectic Developmentalist.” Through a wide range of studies, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn has led the way in showing how environments influence the well-being of young people. Click here to read the article.

September 2011

CBS Money Watch (September 7, 2011): “The Great Kindergarten Debate: To Send or Hold Back?”By Sarah Lorge Butler. Sharon Lynn Kagan weighs in on the debate about when children should be enrolled in kindergarten.

August 2011

A major new study co-authored by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn offers some reassuring news for new moms who quickly return to work. Released by the Society for Research and Child Development, the study – which overturns previous findings — has made news in publications across the country. For more information: http://www.tc.edu/news/article.htm?id=7620

A study co-led by Sharon Lynn Kagan has found that Georgia’s early learning standards are well developed and clear, embracing critical elements of early learning. The study – titled Georgia’s Early Learning Standards Alignment Study — was commissioned by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning to gather empirical data that can be used to further improve the state’s early learning standards. A downloadable copy of the Executive Summary as well as the full report is available by visiting Bright from the Start’s Web site at www.decal.ga.gov.

Dr. Anne Martin and co-authors are the recipients of the Men-in-Families Best Research Article Award from the National Council on Family Relations for her article “When fathers’ supportiveness matters most: Maternal and paternal parenting and children’s school readiness,” which appeared last year in the Journal of Family Psychology. The award honors peer-reviewed journal publications on men in families that are innovative and that advance the field.

July 2011

The Today Show (July 27, 2011) did a story about recent research published in Pediatrics by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and NCCF colleagues that shows it is safe for toddlers to sleep with their parents.

August 2010

About.com (August 3, 2010): “News Flash: Working Moms’ Kids Turn Out Okay,” by Katherine Lewis. Discusses the promising results from a study by NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues from the Columbia University School of Social Work about the affects of maternal employment on child development.

The Wall Street Journal Blog (August 3, 2010): “For Working Moms, the Kids Are All Right,” by Rachel Emma Silverman. Discusses the study by NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues from the Columbia University School of Social Work about the affects of maternal employment on child development.

NY Times Economix Blog (August 3, 2010): “Don’t Worry, Working Moms,” by Motoko Rich. Discusses the study by NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues from the Columbia University School of Social Work about the affects of maternal employment on child development. Dr. Brooks-Gunn is quoted throughout the article discussing various aspects of the study findings.

NY Times Blog: Motherlode (August 3, 2010): “Working Moms Are Fine for Kids,” by Lisa Belkin. Discusses the study by NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues from the Columbia University School of Social Work about the affects of maternal employment on child development. Dr. Brooks-Gunn is quoted throughout the article discussing aspects of the study findings.

Working Mother Magazine Blog (August 2, 2010): “No Guilt: Study Proves Kids are Okay,” by Helen Jonsen. Discusses the study by NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues from the Columbia University School of Social Work about the affects of maternal employment on child development.

Herald Sun (Australia) (August 2, 2010): “There’s no harm being a working mum, landmark US report reveals,” by staff writers. Discusses a study by NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues from the Columbia University School of Social Work about the affects of maternal employment on child development.

Moneytimes.com (August 2, 2010): “Working mothers don’t put their children’s wellbeing at risk,” by Sophie Anderson. Discusses the promising results from a study by NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues from the Columbia University School of Social Work about the affects of maternal employment on child development.

The London Observer (August 1, 2010): “Babies don’t suffer when mothers return to work, study reveals,” by Tracy McVeigh and Anushka Asthana. Discusses a study by NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues from the Columbia University School of Social Work about the affects of maternal employment on child development.

The London Telegraph (August 1, 2010): “Working mothers do not harm their children, study finds,” by Heidi Blake. Discusses a study by NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues from the Columbia University School of Social Work about the affects of maternal employment on child development.

July 2010

Washington Post (July 20, 2010): “Study: Working mothers not necessarily harmful to child development,” by Daniel de Vise. Discusses the study by NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues from the Columbia University School of Social Work about the affects of maternal employment on child development. Dr. Brooks-Gunn is quoted throughout the article discussing various aspects of the study findings.

The Huffington Post (July 28, 2010): “It’s Not Just the Teacher — It’s What the Teacher Teaches, Including Life Skills!,” by Ellen Galinsky. References a study by NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues that evaluated what kinds of skills or knowledge acquired early in life matter most to children’s later successes. Brooks-Gunn is quoted about the importance of attention skills.

May 2010

Education Week (May 2010): “Hard Times Derail Growth of State-Funded Preschool,” by Liz Willen. NCCF co-director Sharon Lynn Kagan quoted with regards to the unfortunate cuts in spending on early education.

April 2010

2009 Teachers College Columbia University Annual Report (April 2010): “Policy at the Crossroads.”  Two articles highlight the work of NCCF co-directors Drs. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Sharon Lynn Kagan in shaping social and education policy.

  • Funding Social Programs that Work,” discusses how Jeanne Brooks-Gunn advocates using hard evidence of success as a basis  for funding social programs and has seen success with home visiting programs for pregnant, disadvantaged or first time mothers.
  • “Shaping Education for Young and Old,” discusses how Sharon Lynn Kagan is central to legislation currently before Congress with a focus on creating cohesive education systems that include ‘meaningful funding, coordinated effort and standards for the quality of preschools.

February 2010

APA Monitor on Psychology (February 2010): “Personalities: News about APA Members.” Highlights NCCF co-director Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn’s nomination to the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

December 2009

BirthtoThrive Online (December 2, 2009): “Washington Unveils Early Learning Plan That Could Help It Win Federal Dollars,” by Paul Nyhan. Article discusses the 10-year plan unveiled by Washington education leaders that would build an early learning system that runs from pregnancy through third grade and could help the state compete for a bigger slice of federal education funding. NCCF co-director Sharon Lynn Kagan is quoted.

November 2009

TC Today (Fall 2009): “They’re All Her Children,” by Patricia Lamiell. Article in the Teachers College magazine discussing the international work of NCCF co-director Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan advancing early learning standards.

Inside (November 2009): “Narrowing the Achievement Gap.” Article discusses the research of NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and NCCF research scientists Margo Gardner and Jodie Roth about whether after school programs can help narrow the achievement gap between minority and white students.

Working Mother Magazine (November 2009): “Order Helps Readers: How getting organized will help your kid become a stronger student,” by Ilisa Cohen. NCCF senior research scientist Anne Martin discusses the link between household chaos and early reading ability.

October 2009

Early Ed Watch Blog (October 27, 2009): “Home Visitation: Looking Closely at What Works,” by Lisa Guernsey. Discusses NCCF research scientist Kimberly S. Howard and co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn’s recent review on the body of literature on various home visiting programs from The Future of Children journal. These programs are intended to provide information to pregnant, disadvantaged or first time mothers about how to keep their babies healthy and safe.

Newsweek.com Blog (October 22, 2009): “In Defense of Children Behaving Badly,” by Po Bronson. Discusses the School Readiness and Later Achievement paper previously published by Dr. Greg Duncan, NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and 10 other coauthors that analyzed the correlation between Kindergarten IQ tests and later achievement.

September 2009

New York Times (September 20, 2009): “Initiative Focuses on Early Learning Programs,” by Sam Dillon. Article discusses the $87 billion higher education bill that just passed in the House which is focused on increasing quality in early care and education programs for children birth to age 5. NCCF co-director Sharon Lynn Kagan is quoted with specific reference to a recent paper on equity in the American early care and education system.

CNN.com (September 14, 2009): “Enforcing bedtimes improves kids’ health,” by Madison Park.  Article discusses the importance of bedtime and bedtime routines for children’s psychological and physical health, citing a new study published online in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics which was co-authored by NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and several colleagues. The study found that black and Hispanic families and those with lower levels of income and education were less likely to enforce regular bedtime routines for children which could play a role in health disparities.

August 2009

ETS Policy Notes: News from the ETS Policy Information Center (Summer 2009, Volume 17, Number 2). This policy overview cites the work and presentation of NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn on programs and policies to reduce school readiness gaps.

Education.com (2009): “Parenting in a Media-Saturated World,” by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Ph.D., Elisabeth Donahue, J.D., Ann Cami.  NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues offer suggestions for how parents can effectively manage in today’s media saturated society.

Education.com (2009): “Mythbusters: Children and the Digital World,” by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Ph.D., Elisabeth Donahue, J.D., Ann Cami.  NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues discuss some findings that challenge commonly held assumptions about children and electronic media.

July 2009

BirthtoThrive Online (July 22, 2009): “Will a Tidy House Help Your Child Learn to Read?,” by Paul Nyhan.  Article discusses the link between household chaos and early reading ability.

The Hechinger Institute Primer for Journalists (July 2009) “Covering Pre-K: New Investments in Our Littlest Learners,” published by The Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media. A media guide for journalists explaining the growth of preschool, important considerations for journalists when covering early education stories and why 2009 is a critical year for the preschool sector. NCCF co-directors Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Sharon Lynn Kagan are cited as experts on Pre-Kindergarten Education.

TC Today (Spring 2009): “Shaping Education around the World.” Article discusses Teachers College’s international scope, mentioning the international work of NCCF co-director Sharon Lynn Kagan.

June 2009

Forbes.com (June 17, 2009): “Time Off Debate: Infancy Vs. The Teen Years,” by Jenna Goudreau.  NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn discusses mother’s taking time off from work and the affect it has on child development at various stages.

May 2009

NY Times Economix Blog (May 25, 2009): “Hard Times for the Kids,” by Nancy Folbre. Mentions the quantitative studies of NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn that focus on evidence that poverty stunts children’s development.

Early Ed Watch Blog (May 13, 2009): “New Findings Link the ‘Fade-Out’ Phenomenon to High-Poverty Schools,” by Lisa Guernsey. NCCF graduate research fellow Aleksandra Holod and NCCF co-director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn discuss Research on “fade-out” in the elementary school years.

April 2009

Phi Delta Kappan (April 2009): “Excellence, Coherence, and Equity in Early Childhood Education,” by Sharon Lynn Kagan and Jeanne L. Reid. NCCF co-director Sharon Lynn Kagan and NCCF graduate research fellow Jeanne Reid discuss the appropriate roles of federal, state, and local governments and offer 13 recommendations for the government to develop a universal and sustained approach to early childhood education.

March 2009

The Journal of Turkish Weekly (March 23, 2009): “Foreign Experts to Aid in Developing Early Learning and Development Standards.” Highlights the meeting of global and regional education experts in Tashkent to develop an implementation plan for Early Learning and Development Standards for young children in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. The meeting was facilitated by NCCF co-director Sharon Lynn Kagan.

February 2009

Slate.com (February 26, 2009): “Messy House, Messy Minds. The connections among kids, reading, and an orderly home,” by Emily Bazelon. NCCF researchers Anna Johnson and Anne Martin discuss the link between household chaos and early reading ability.

Education.com (February 24, 2009): “Could Disorder at Home Impede Your Child’s Reading Development?,” by Rose Garrett. NCCF graduate research fellow Anna Johnson discusses the link between household chaos and early reading ability.

School Library Journal (February 23, 2009): “An Orderly Home Affects Early Literacy Skills, Study Says,” by Debra Lau Whelan. NCCF senior research scientist Anne Martin discusses the link between household chaos and early reading ability.

October 2008

NPR: On Point (October 20, 2008): “Girls, Girls, Girls: Targeting the hearts and minds of America’s teenage girls.” Dr. Brooks-Gunn discusses literature for young girls such as Gossip Girl and Beacon Street Girls, and what effects these various types of literature may have on a child’s development.

NYTimes (October 8, 2008): “Move Up? Move Out? Families Squeeze In,” by Samantha Storey.  Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn discusses Manhattan families living in close quarters and how proper routines can minimize any adverse effects on child development.

September 2008

Washington Post (September 28, 2008): “For Some Busy Kids, It’s All Good,” by Donna St. George. Dr. Jodie Roth, senior research scientist, discusses the benefits of youth being involved in after school and extra curricular activities, and how “overscheduling” is generally better than no participation at all.

NYTimes (September 15, 2008): “Limiting, and Watching, What Children Watch,” by Lisa Guernsey. Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn discusses how high quality, age appropriate screen media can have a positive effect on children.

PBS Documentary (September 15, 2008): “WHERE WE STAND: America’s Schools in the 21st Century.” Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan is interviewed in this special documentary which looks at American public education through the prism of real schools, administrators, teachers and students, with the goal of fixing problems such as low math and science literacy, unequal resource allocation and decreasing college graduation rates.

June 2008

ScienceNews (June 20, 2008): “Worth the Cooties,” by Bruce Bower. Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn discusses the additional research needed to further evaluate the developmental and learning differences associated with predominantly-boy preschool environments.

Newsday (June 13, 2008):  “Mothers don’t have the monopoly.” Dr. Anne Martin, senior research scientist, and Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, NCCF co-director, discuss how men can be capable and effective caregivers in an op-ed article.

March 2008

TC Today (Spring 2008): “Team Pre-K,” by Jonathan Sapers. Article in the Teachers College magazine discussing NCCF co-directors, Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan, dubbed early childhood’s “dynamic duo”.

NPR: On Point (March 10, 2008): “Younger (and Younger) Beauty Consumers.” Dr. Brooks-Gunn discusses marketing to younger girls and the effects of marketing on children’s development on NPR’s On Point, with guest host Jane Clayson.

The Associated Press as seen in the Northwest Herald (March 3, 2008): “Toys Going Virtual to Grab Kids’ Attention,” by Hillary Rhodes.  Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn discusses children exploring virtual worlds.

February 2008

ABCNews.com (February 27, 2008): “ Is Angelina Driven to Be a Compulsive Mother?,” by Susan Donaldson James.  Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn discusses how children fare developmentally when they come from large families.

Newsweek (February 25, 2008): ”Campus Sexperts,” by Jennie Yabroff.  Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn comments on the popularity of sex publications on college campuses despite a decline in student sexual activity.

Science Magazine (February 22, 2008): “AAAS ANNUAL MEETING: Tracking and Tackling Deprivation’s Toll,” by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee. Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn quoted about how poverty affects children in an article highlighting the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting.

CBSNews.com (February 19, 2008): ”Good Parenting Raises Kids’ Mental Skills, “ by Martin Downs. Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn discusses how good parenting and a preschool education raises kids’ mental skills.

The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet (FOX) (February 12, 2008): ”Genetic Breakthrough?” Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn was interviewed about designer babies—children conceived with advanced reproductive technologies that allow parents to modify or choose specific characteristics of their child. Brooks-Gunn discussed why creating “the perfect baby” using DNA is causing controversy, and the impact this can have on these children. The program was broadcasted live from the FOX studios in New York.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (February 10, 2008): ”Picking the Perfect Kindergarten Drives Many Parents Up the Wall,” by Paul Nyhan. Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan comments on the things parents should look for when picking the perfect kindergarten.

December 2007

MSN.com Lifestyle (December 2007): “Let’s Talk about Sex,” by Kristen Kennedy. Senior Research Scientist Dr. Anne Martin discusses how parents can impact their children’s thoughts and actions on sex and pregnancy.

Inside (Winter 2007): “Getting Ready for Pre-K and Later Life.” Article discussing the school readiness study, co-authored by Dr. Brooks-Gunn, Pamela Klebanov and others.

November 2007

Education Week (Nov. 28, 2007):  ”Strong English Seen as Key to Immigrants’ School Success,” by Mary Ann Zehr.  Dr. Brooks-Gunn discusses immigrants and some of the struggles they face in school success.  (Subscription or registration required.)

Time Magazine (Nov 21, 2007): “Tutors for Toddlers,” by Pamela Paul.  Article discussing tutors for toddlers and the school readiness findings study, co-authored by Dr. Brooks-Gunn, Pamela Klebanov and others.

New York Times (Nov 13, 2007): “Bad Behavior Does Not Doom Pupils, Studies Say,” by Benedict Carey.  Front page article discussing a new report, School Readiness and Later Achievement, co-authored by Dr. Brooks-Gunn, Pamela Klebanov (NCCF research scientist), and several others.  We are especially excited that this report received front page exposure!

Newsweek (Nov. 12, 2007): “Who Needs Preschool?” Dr. Kagan discusses what parents and caregivers should look for when evaluating pre-school environments.

Inside (November 2007): “National Task Force Chaired by TC’s Kagan Issues New Recommendations on Pre-K Policy.” Article in the Teachers College newsletter discussing the Early Childhood Accountability Task Force and report, chaired by Dr. Kagan.

The Washington Post (Nov. 11, 2007): “Study Debunks Theory On Teen Sex, Delinquency,” by Rick Weiss.  Dr. Brooks-Gunn quoted in an article discussing whether early sexual debut leads to delinquency.

NPR: On Point (Nov. 1, 2007): “No 3-Year-Old Left Behind.” Dr. Brooks-Gunn discusses the push for universal pre-kindergarten education on NPR’s On Point, hosted by Tom Ashbrook.

October 2007

Education Next (Fall 2007): “All Over the Map: Explaining educational outcomes of the Moving to Opportunity Program,” by Stefanie Deluca.  References the research findings of the Moving to Opportunity study worked on by Dr. Brooks-Gunn and several other researchers.

Newsday (Oct. 16, 2007):  “Society Can Curb Childhood Obesity.” Dr. Brooks-Gunn and Dr. Anne Martin, senior research scientist, discuss society’s responsibility for childhood obesity in an op-ed article.

MSNBC.com (Oct. 8, 2007):  “Hipster Parents Want Pop Tots,” by Victoria Clayton. Dr. Brooks-Gunn discusses hipster parents and how this cultural trend affects child development.

September 2007

Star-Telegram (Sept. 30, 2007):  “Poor Families Grasp for Calm Amid the Chaos.” Dr. Annie Georges, NCCF senior research scientist, discusses how parental stress, especially with regards to financial stability, can affect children’s mental health.

Education Week (Sept. 26, 2007):  “Task Force Offers Guidance on Assessment of Preschool Programs,” by Linda Jacobson. Dr. Kagan discusses the Early Childhood Accountability Task Force and report.   (Subscription or registration required.)

Pre[k]now (Sept. 12, 2007): “Building Pre-K Accountability.” Dr. Kagan participates in a live webcast discussing findings from the Early Childhood Accountability Task Force study of early education evaluation and assessment systems.

Abcnews.com (Sept. 6, 2007): “New-Age Sex Ed: Teens Borrow Real Kids,” by Emily Friedman. Dr. Brooks-Gunn comments on reality TV as educational in reference to a new show, “The Baby Borrowers,” which gives young couples the opportunity to experience parenthood by supplying them with real babies.

August 2007

Times Herald Record (Aug. 26, 2007):  “A Community Speaks,” by Steve Israel. Dr. Brooks-Gunn cited as an expert source on teen sexuality.

The Washington Post (Aug. 14, 2007): “Neighborhoods’ Effect On Grades Challenged,” by Jay Mathews. Dr. Brooks-Gunn is mentioned as part of the Moving to Opportunity research study.

July 2007

Parents Magazine (July 2007): “It’s Not My Fault,” by Sally Marshall. Dr. Brooks-Gunn talks about children accepting blame and taking responsibility for their actions.

May 2007

The New York Times (May 21, 2007): “2 Candidates to Roll Out Domestic Proposals,” by Patrick Healy and Michael Cooper. Dr. Brooks-Gunn comments on Hillary Clinton’s domestic policy proposal for universal pre-kindergarten.

March 2007

ABCNews.com (March 14, 2007): “States Looking to Pre-K to Help Kids,” by Nancy Zuckerbrod. Dr. Kagan speaks about states investing in pre-kindergarten to help kids.

January 2007

ABCNews.com (January 11, 2007): “New-Age Playgrounds Rule, as Long as the Kids Are in Charge,”by Susan Donaldson James. Dr. Brooks-Gunn discusses how children can benefit from playground playtime in reference to new-age public parks in New York City.

November 2006

What It Takes to Make a Student,” by Paul Tough of The New York Times (subscription required for this article), Nov. 26, 2006, on how poverty, race, and class in America impacts the achievement gap in education. NCCF Co-Director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn cited.

July 2006

Gates Cash Will Back New Plan to Help Youngest Kids Thrive: $9 Million Program Signals Foundation’s Move into Early Education,” by Paul Nyhan of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, on the announcement that the Gates Foundation launched a public-private partnership to focus on early care and education in the Seattle, WA area, incorporating a policy focus. NCCF C0-Director Sharon Lynn Kagan quoted.

June 2006

“Early Intervention Benefits Heavier Low Birth-Weight Babies Longer,” by Bridget Murray-Law of the APA Monitor, in an article discussing the results of the Infant Health and Development Project – 18-Year-Follow-Up. NCCF Co-Director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn quoted.

“From Free Love to Safe Sex,” by Susan Brink of the Los Angeles Times, in an article looking at how AIDS was perceived 25 years earlier, to perceptions about sex among today’s teenagers. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn quoted (free newspaper registration required).

May 2006

“Class Quality is Sticking Point,” by Lisa Michals of The State (South Carolina), discussing the expansion of kindergarten to more of the state’s four-year-olds, and the challenges in providing high-quality learning. NCCF Co-Director Sharon Lynn Kagan quoted.

An Earlier Start,” by Linda Jacobson of Education Week, on how prekindergarten is becoming part of an elementary school in the growing number of districts that treat the pre-K3 years as a distinct learning period. NCCF graduate fellow Kristie Kauerz cited.

April 2006

Little Miss Highness,” by Sally Marshall of Parenting magazine, discussing why young girls often like to identify with princesses. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn quoted.

March 2006

“Parents Gain the Skills to Teach Their Toddlers,” by Susan Snyder of the Philadelphia Inquirer, about the city’s district-sponsored, in-home program to teach low-income parents how they can help their preschoolers become ready for school. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn quoted.

February 2006

Parents Study Schools for Soon-to-be-Kindergartners,” by Paul Nyhan of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter Paul Nyhan, on what parents should consider in the selection of a kindergarten for their children; Sharon Lynn Kagan interviewed (free newspaper registration required).

January 2006

Housing Experiment for Poor Found to Lack School Payoff,” by Debra Viadero of Education Week , published January 25, 2006, discussing the Moving to Opportunity Housing project. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn quoted.

November 2005

Three New Studies Assess Effects of Child Care,” by Tamar Lewin of The New York Times , published November 1, 2005. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn quoted (subscription required to access full article).