May 8, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. New FPG Snapshot - Talking to Children: Why Some Mothers Do It More
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - May 8, 2008
  2. Grant Notice - PK-3 Research and Evaluation Small Grants Program
      Source: Foundation for Child Development - Retrieved May 8, 2008
  3. Video Clip about FPG Abecedarian Project
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - May 6, 2008

1. New FPG Snapshot - Talking to Children: Why Some Mothers Do It More

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - May 8, 2008

Research shows that from a very early age, children are influenced by the manner in which their mothers verbally interact with them. An FPG study published in the May/June 2008 issue of the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, examines how mother and child characteristics might influence the way mothers talk to their infants and demonstrates that mothers can help children overcome some of the risks to language development associated with poverty. A summary of the study is available online at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~snapshots/snap53.pdf

To learn more see: Vernon-Feagans, L., Pancsofar, N., Willoughby, M., Odom, E., Quade, A., & Cox, M. (2008). Predictors of maternal language to infants during a picture book task in the home: Family SES, child characteristics and the parenting environment. The Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 29(3), 213-226.

2. Grant Notice - PK-3 Research and Evaluation Small Grants Program

Source: Foundation for Child Development - Retrieved May 8, 2008

The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) announces a grants program to be funded through its PK-3 Research and Evaluation Forum. A maximum of four awards of up to $50,000 each will be provided to researchers proposing to use one or more datasets from the PK-3 Data Resource Center: The First Six Years of Schooling and Beyond. To learn more go to http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/PK3/spotlight/rfp.html

3. Video Clip about FPG Abecedarian Project

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - May 6, 2008

A video clip of FPG's Abecedarian Project from the documentary My Brilliant Brain is now available to view online. The three-part series explored the inner workings of the human brain. The Abecedarian Project was part of the first episode. The documentary aired on the National Geographic Channel in the U.S. in 2007. It is available at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/%7Eabc/fpg_abc-video.cfm