September 25, 2015

In this Issue:

  1. World Family Map 2015: Mapping Family Change and Child Well-Being Outcomes
      Source: Child Trends - September 24, 2015
  2. New Video Series to Help Support Early Math Skills in Infants and Toddlers
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - September 24, 2015
  3. Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - September 22, 2015

1. World Family Map 2015: Mapping Family Change and Child Well-Being Outcomes

Source: Child Trends - September 24, 2015

The World Family Map report tracks 16 indicators that affect child and family well-being in 49 countries representing all regions of the world. The indicators were selected by an expert group because of their known relationships to child outcomes in the research literature. The 2015 edition of the report finds that marriage is becoming less common around the world, although in most countries more than half of children live with two parents. Malnutrition rates are decreasing, but many families in developing countries continue to experience undernourishment, poverty and unemployment. Learn more here. The report includes an essay looking at how parents divide labor-force participation, housework, and child care.

2. New Video Series to Help Support Early Math Skills in Infants and Toddlers

Source: ZERO TO THREE - September 24, 2015

Research shows that a strong understanding of early math concepts predicts a child's future math and literacy skills. A new series of videos from ZERO TO THREE, Let's Talk About Math!, demonstrates behaviors for interacting with infants and toddlers to help build the foundation of these skills. Each video is accompanied by a handout to help parents support these skills at home and on-the-go. Three videos focusing on shapes and counting are now available and more will be coming later this year. The videos and handouts are also available in Spanish.

3. Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - September 22, 2015

A new online game from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University shows how the choices we make can help children and communities become more resilient in the face of serious challenges. To play, go to Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game.