Play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being of children beginning in early childhood. It is a natural tool for children to develop resiliency as they learn to cooperate, overcome challenges, and negotiate with others. Play also allows children to be creative. It provides time for parents to be fully engaged with their children, to bond with their children, and to see the world from the perspective of their child.
http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/news/20111223/infant-acetaminophen-dosage-change-may-cause-confusion Dec. 23, 2011 -- Double check the label on liquid acetaminophen before giving it to a child or infant to avoid giving your child the wrong dose.
THURSDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Toys are a major part of children's fun and excitement during the holiday season, so parents and others need to make sure the toys are safe, experts say.
An Opinion Letter sent to the Battle Creek Enquirer by Carrie S. Johnson, a Calhoun Great Start Parent Coalition Member. Her letter was published on December 19, 2011.
How well children do academically is tied to how well their classmates do, past studies have found, and the issue of "peer effects" plays out in classrooms across the United States through such practices as tracking. Now a new longitudinal study on children's language development has found that peer effects exist in preschool classrooms -- a level of schooling where there's not been a lot of examination of peer influences -- and raises questions about whether tracking, which is customary in public preschool programs, is a sound approach.
Published in the Battle Creek Enquirer, December 12, 2011 by Justin A. Hinkley Battle Creek's Janette Brown said she has traveled and learned about other cultures, and she wants the same thing for her 20-month-old daughter, Halia Brown, and her unborn son who is due in March. To that end, Brown regularly brings Halia to three "toddler playgroups" hosted by Early Childhood Connections. One of those playgroups targets English-speaking families, one targets Spanish-speaking families, and the other targets Battle Creek's burgeoning Burmese population.
Michigan Doula Connection announces a free online Doula Registry that provides volunteer doulas to low-income Michigan families. Their new website will also list community-based programs that provide support to families, as well as on-demand continuing education webinars, scholarships for doula training, and free online resources. For more information, visit their website at www.michigandoulaconnection.org.
Two local toy drives are underway in Lenawee County. Details are available in this Daily Telegram article.
These new guidelines are a major shift from current guidelines that suggest such testing be done only for children who have a family history of heart disease or high blood cholesterol, which is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. Read more at http://news.yahoo.com/guidelines-urge-cholesterol-check-kids-ages-9-11-170207560.html