Trend Lines Blog

Welcome to Child Trends’ blog, Trend Lines, where we share key findings from child and youth research and offer insights to inform  policies and programs.

Why social and emotional skill building in early childhood matters

Two happy children playing European football outdoors in school yard. Kids play soccer. Active sport for preschool child. Ball game for young kid team. Boy and girl score a goal in football match.

I started my career as a preschool teacher. For 13 years, I helped 3- to 5-year-old children learn how to write their name; count, sort and use other foundational math concepts; manage their toileting and dressing independently; and meet other easily-observable school-readiness milestones. The children were flourishing, and their families were delighted with their achievements! But woven throughout the multi-faceted learning experiences supporting cognitive, language, physical, and self-help skills was something less tangible: the social and emotional skills that made all the rest possible. Read More

WINGS for Kids Shows the Value of Evaluation

Founded in 1996 in Charleston, S.C., WINGS for Kids (WINGS) helps 5- to 13-year-olds gain the essential skills for a joyful, successful life. Their program promotes responsible behavior, good decision-making, positive relationships, self-confidence, and problem-solving through a comprehensive social and...

All children should have access to summer learning

Summer is here! I began planning my 8-year-old daughter’s summer break back in February, to ensure that she attends a camp that offers fun and educational activities. I am so glad and relieved that her summer will be full of...

Ten Summer Child Safety Tips

It’s that time again, time for the release of everyone’s summer safety tips. Here at Child Trends, our safety tips are based on—what else?—data! First, your suspicion is correct: June, July, and August are more dangerous for children than other...

Reducing Disparities in Early Care and Education and School Readiness

A high proportion of Hispanic children are entering school without the school readiness skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Compared to children of other races and ethnicities, Hispanic children at age four have the lowest vocabulary, literacy,...
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