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The Poverty Clinic

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Family Instability Hits Boys Harder than Girls and Has Double Poverty’s Influence on Childhood Aggression

Family Instability Hits Boys Harder than Girls and Has Double Poverty’s Influence on Childhood Aggression

Schools should focus on sensitive treatment for the dominant legacies of family instability – disruptive behaviour and anxiety.

by Sara McLanahan
Child and Family Blog

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Three Core Concepts in Early Development

This three-part video series depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.

by Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University

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Seizing the Moment: Strengthening Children’s Primary Care in New York

This report represents a new UHF effort – exploring multiple approaches to improve child health.

by Suzanne Brundage
United Hospital Fund

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InBrief: The Science of Neglect

Center on the Developing Child
Harvard University

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Too Small to Fail

In this New York Times article, the author talks about the importance of early childhood education. Here at Power of Two we know that this time is critical and help families encourage healthy growth in their children.

A wave of recent research in neuroscience explains why early childhood is so critical: That’s when the brain is developing most quickly. Children growing up in poverty face high levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which changes the architecture of the brain, compromising areas like the amygdala and hippocampus.

Too Small to Fail, Nicholas Kristof for the New York Times

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Research Results For Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC)

Responsive parenting in early childhood has lasting positive effects for children over many years. Rigorous studies of ABC show that, for families experiencing serious ongoing stress, the program effectively:

  • increases parents’ sensitivity and responsiveness toward their children and
  • creates powerful emotional, cognitive, and physical results for children in the key areas of development through age five.
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