Two “Promise Neighborhoods” have been identified. One is in Eugene’s Bethel/Trainsong Neighborhood; the other is in Springfield. United Way is focusing on these Promise Neighborhoods to make a measurable difference with limited resources. Once we can prove success in these communities, the effort can be replicated in other high-needs communities across the County.
Diabetes: The Epidemic America has a national campaign to combat childhood obesity. It comes at a time when the connection between excess weight and Type 2 diabetes in both children and adults is conclusive. The percentage of children between the ages of 2 and 11 who are overweight has nearly tripled and rates continue to […]
By taking control of your time, you will feel less overwhelmed because you will have prioritized the things that you decide need to be done. You will feel better about what you’ve done each day and about yourself. And, for a job well done, reward yourself. After all, although the main goal is to make the most of your time, that includes having fun, too.
One obvious benefit is enabling children to communicate with wider populations. Being bilingual also brings many other benefits, including more creative thinking and better meta-linguistic knowledge, which actually helps kids do better on reading readiness tests.
Not only that, one study suggests that multilingual kids are less likely to have negative stereotypes, leading them to have more diverse friends.
And don’t forget better job opportunities as well – research shows that bilinguals average 5 percent to 20 percent more pay than their monolingual peers!
The decision to include people other than family in the care of your infant or toddler can be an overwhelming one. There are many choices: family or friends, in-home child care and child care centers. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. There are several indicators to use when evaluating potential childcare options. Obviously, you will want to ask about hours, rates, what is provided, etc. Here some other questions to ask.
Diversity has become a popular buzzword across various media outlets, school districts and communities. What it really means is often misunderstood or glossed over by the celebration of a heritage month or “taco night” at school.
It is not enough to send your child to a diverse school or to just live in a diverse neighborhood. While these factors are important and support a multicultural view on relationships and society, children need more to help them appreciate and value people from all walks of life.
Parents might be great at setting limits with homework, chores and dating, but they can feel they have entered new territory when it comes to rules around cell phones, the Internet, Facebook, texting, iPods and electronic games. And, teenagers can be so emphatic in demanding that they need total freedom with their gadgets!
For young children, play is the means through which they access the world around them. Play is how they learn how things work, how to get their needs met, how to interact with others, and all of the concepts and skills they need to learn.
For you as a parent, play is your passport, the entrance to building a supportive, nurturing relationship with your child. You provide your child with food, clothing and shelter to meet your child’s basic care needs. But what do you provide to meet your child’s developmental needs?
While it is vital to recognize and validate the amazing work that involved, loving mothers do each day in raising and nurturing healthy children, it is equally as important to affirm the role of positive, loving fathers and father figures.
At the University of Oregon’s Brain Development Laboratory, we study attention in children as young as 3 by measuring the brain’s response to sounds as we ask children to shift their “spotlight” of attention from one side to the other. Shifting this spotlight of attention markedly changes the brain’s response to events in the environment – the brain produces a response to an attended stimulus that is twice as large as the response when it is unattended, and this boost occurs within 1/10 of a second! The ability to focus attention is critical in lifelong learning. We have shown that this enhanced brain response is not present in some young children who are at-risk for academic problems.