The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS), the Buffett Early Childhood Institute and First Five Nebraska invite you to review proceedings from the 2014 CYFS Summit on Research in Early Childhood held April 10, 2014 at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln, NE.
In the tradition of its predecessors, the third biennial summit aimed to:
Over the last 40 years, families in rural America have faced numerous challenges relative to their urban peers: fewer quality jobs, less access to higher education, greater poverty. The Family Life Project has been documenting these challenges in rural life by following a representative sample of 1,300 rural children from birth.
Early findings from this longitudinal study suggest diverging destinies between rural college-educated parents and high school-educated parents with respect to income, non-standard work hours, chaotic households and early childrearing. These differences have major implications, particularly in terms of how much time parents spend with children and the quality of interactions between them.
The confluence of challenges facing parents who lack higher education is affecting children’s early development in language and other areas. Though these data on children’s development are concerning, the Family Life Project has also identified important early experiences that may buffer rural children at risk for negative outcomes.