NCCF in the Media
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.
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"The single-most important characteristic is the extent to which a nanny is responsive to the child’s mood and interests." Read more >>
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.”
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.
Education Week (December 6, 2011) Standards for early childhood are shaped by knowledge about child development, society's values, and goals for what children should be able to do at the end of their education, said Sharon Lynn Kagan, a professor of early childhood and family policy and a co-director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University.
"It's a pivotal time for early childhood. Early childhood has got to rise to the occasion and really think hard about what its values are and what it wants to transmit," she said.
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.
“There are so many other critical issues facing kindergarten and early education,” Kagan says. “I would love to refocus the discourse: Why do we have poor quality in kindergarten, how are we going about funding kindergarten, how about funding for preschool?”
A study co-led by NCCF Co-Director Sharon Lynn Kagan has found that Georgia’s early learning standards are well developed and clear, embracing critical elements of early learning. 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 (August 2011).
Dr. Anne Martin is the recipient of the Men-in-Families Best Research Article Award 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. (August 2011)
The Today Show aired a story about recent research by NCCF and colleagues at SUNY Stony Brook that suggests it is safe for young children to sleep in a bed with their parents. The segment is available on the Today Show's Website: Video Segment (July 27, 2011).