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Economist Ricardo Paes de Barros discusses Brazil's early childhood programs and progress Aug. 11 at UNL.
Economist Ricardo Paes de Barros discusses Brazil’s early childhood programs and progress Aug. 11 at UNL. View video presentation.

To mark the start of an emerging partnership with Brazilian early childhood researchers, CYFS hosted Brazilian economist Ricardo Paes de Barros for an early childhood presentation Aug. 11 at the Nebraska Union.

In his address, “The status of early childhood development in Brazil and its progress over the past decade: Programs, outcomes and legislation,” Barros presented original research and discussed key topics, including: Full Article

Barros to present Brazil’s early childhood progress

CYFS will host Ricardo Paes de Barros, a leading Brazilian economist, for a Aug. 11 presentation on the state of early childhood in Brazil.
CYFS will host Ricardo Paes de Barros, a leading Brazilian economist, for an Aug. 11 presentation on the state of early childhood in Brazil.

To mark the start of an emerging partnership between UNL and Brazilian early childhood researchers, the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools will host Ricardo Paes de Barros, a leading Brazilian economist, for a 10 a.m. presentation Aug. 11 at the Nebraska Union. Full Article

CYFS outlines latest research at Early Childhood Summit

Samuel Meisels
Samuel Meisels, executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, offers opening remarks at the 2014 CYFS Summit on Research in Early Childhood. To watch videos and download slideshows of the summit’s presentations, visit cyfs.unl.edu/ecs/2014.

The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools shared the latest results, conclusions and questions arising from research on early childhood when it hosted an April 10 summit in Lincoln, Neb.

Co-sponsored by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute and First Five Nebraska, the 2014 CYFS Summit on Research in Early Childhood featured 16 presentations that highlighted findings from a wide spectrum of recent studies related to early development, care and education. Full Article

CYFS to host April 10 summit on early childhood

2014 CYFS Summit on Research in Early ChildhoodThe Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools will provide a forum for sharing and discussing the latest research on early childhood when it hosts an April 10 summit in Lincoln, Neb.

Co-sponsored by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute and First Five Nebraska, the 2014 CYFS Summit on Research in Early Childhood will feature three rounds of presentations that outline recent findings from CYFS faculty and affiliates. Subsequent small-group roundtables will facilitate discussion of how these findings can inform early childhood practice and policy. Full Article

Rudasill studying effects of temperament on early childhood achievement

Kathleen Moritz Rudasill
Kathleen Moritz Rudasill

Some preschoolers listen to the teacher as others tune her out. While some stay within the lines, others color outside them. Some play by themselves; others share toys. And though some sit still, others fidget endlessly.

Collectively, Kathleen Rudasill sees these routine activities as a window into the emerging personalities of young children – one that potentially offers new perspectives on helping those from difficult backgrounds reach their potential. Full Article

Doctoral affiliate Davis examining implementation of literacy curriculum

Dawn Davis
Dawn Davis

Getting children to follow directions has long proven a challenge for early childhood educators. Fittingly, a CYFS research team is examining how well those very teachers do the same.

Dawn Davis, a CYFS doctoral student affiliate, is leading a study to explore how closely the implementation of literacy curriculum in a Head Start program adheres to the curriculum’s design. Davis is assessing this match between plan and practice – commonly called “fidelity” – to determine its influence on children’s oral language, alphabet knowledge, print awareness and other literacy skills. Full Article

Knoche, affiliates studying economic impacts of early childhood investments

As the federal government wrestles with the age-old issue of spending versus saving, three CYFS researchers have embarked on a study to pinpoint the economic value of Nebraska’s investments in early childhood.

CYFS Research Associate Professor Lisa Knoche has teamed with new Faculty Affiliates David Rosenbaum and Eric Thompson to evaluate the fiscal benefits of funding the state’s early childhood education and programs. Full Article