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Study aims to address time crunch among early childhood educators

Early childhood teachers’ non-contact time — time away from students in the classroom — enables them to address other work demands, such as building instruction plans, assessing children’s development and communicating with families. Learn more in the CYFS Research Network.

Much attention is paid to the work early childhood teachers do in the classroom. But their tasks away from their students are just as essential to children’s learning and development.

Unlike their K-12 counterparts, early childhood teachers lack dedicated time to address work demands beyond the direct care of children. Without formalized supports, out-of-classroom time may be scarified or interrupted as unexpected issues arise throughout the day. Full Article

Research reveals children’s early adversity, neighborhood have lasting impacts

Data from a recent Nebraska study finds that early childhood experiences — particularly adverse events and activities, and neighborhood disadvantages — can generate long-term behavioral and social impacts. Learn more in the CYFS Research Network.

Where you come from plays a key role in predicting where you are going.

For children, the neighborhood in which they grow up significantly affects their healthy development in later years, according to findings from a recent University of Nebraska–Lincoln research project. Full Article

New tool uses cultural lens to evaluate young children’s development in Brazil

Denise Ruschel Bandeira, professor, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, right, shares findings from the Dimensional Inventory for Child Development Assessment (IDADI) pilot impact project.
Denise Ruschel Bandeira, professor, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, right, shares findings from the Dimensional Inventory for Child Development Assessment (IDADI) pilot impact project. See gallery.

The prevalence of children with developmental delays worldwide is estimated to be up to 18 percent. However, fewer than one-third of these children are identified by their health care provider. This is significant because children whose delays are not addressed early on are at risk for adverse outcomes, including emotional, behavioral and health problems later in life. Full Article

Empowering preschool teachers to reflect, talk about science

Children explore the garden at EMEI Ignacio in Recife, Brazil, one of the preschools engaged in PreSTAR.
Teacher Elizinete Natália Queiroz de Araújo Souza, left, shows a worm to Renata Gomes, CYFS graduate student, center, and young students at EMEI Ignacio in São Paulo. See gallery.

Tucked away from the busy city streets of São Paulo, Brazil, young learners are exploring a colorful garden with spades, magnifying glasses and other tools. They gather around their preschool teacher who is holding a freshly dug worm in her hands. They observe the wriggling creature together. After the excited shrieks subside, the teacher begins to ask them questions. Full Article

Study reveals mental health challenges of Zika-affected caregivers

Germany Gracy Maia, pictured with her daughter Giovanna, shared her experience caring for a child affected by congenital Zika virus syndrome..
Germany Gracy Maia, pictured with her daughter Giovanna, shared her experience raising a child affected by congenital Zika syndrome. See gallery.

In a brightly lit classroom in northeast Brazil, kindergarteners and their teachers gather for their daily circle time on the carpet. However, today is different. The children are joined by a group of visitors from Nebraska, many of whom don’t speak Portuguese. Full Article

Nebraska-Brazil early childhood research partnership continues to thrive

Children explore their school garden in São Paulo, Brazil.
Children and their teacher, Elizinete Natália Queiroz de Araújo Souza, second from left, examine the garden at EMEI Ignacio in São Paulo, one of the preschools engaged in PreSTAR. See gallery.

While there are distinct differences between the U.S. and Brazil, there are even more things the two countries have in common. In particular, a desire to ensure all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential guides the work of early childhood educators, researchers and other professionals in both parts of the world. Full Article

Interdisciplinary study leverages technology to assess preschool teachers’ resilience

Nebraska researchers are working on ways to better understand the processes that enable preschool teachers to remain healthy and resilient — and to contribute to the positive development of children in their care. Learn more in the CYFS Research Network.

In a typical preschool classroom with as many as two-dozen children, there are bound to be times of elevated stress for the teacher — and sometimes the students.

Along with meeting the needs of several children, teachers juggle many emotional and physical demands in their daily work, often with limited resources. Following an early childhood curriculum or philosophy, engaging families, maintaining a safe environment and dealing with interpersonal conflicts are just some of their daily classroom tasks. Full Article

Research suggests family mealtimes essential to lifelong health

Dipti Dev, principal investigator, shares some healthy eating ideas with children.
Dipti Dev, principal investigator, shares some healthy eating ideas with children. Learn more in the CYFS Research Network.

For centuries, families have served up good conversation around the dinner table.

Sharing advice, planning events and recounting the day’s highs and lows are key mealtime ingredients to connecting families and building support systems — all while cooking up valuable learning opportunities for the youngest family members. Full Article