children http://wnpr.org en Boston Finds That Quality Preschool Is Worth The Effort http://wnpr.org/post/boston-finds-quality-preschool-worth-effort It's a Wednesday morning at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School. Teacher Jodi Doyle is working with a small group of preschool students interested in domes.<p>"What do you think the difference is between a dome and an arch?" she asks.<p>The lesson doesn't go exactly as planned. Doyle wants the kids to build their domes with wire, but she wants the children to come up with that idea themselves. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:22:00 +0000 editor 20083 at http://wnpr.org Boston Finds That Quality Preschool Is Worth The Effort Early Childhood Autism Treatment Is Key, But Diagnosis Is Difficult http://wnpr.org/post/early-childhood-autism-treatment-key-diagnosis-difficult <p>Most children with autism are well past their fourth birthday by the time they’re diagnosed with the condition, according to new government data.</p><p>Their parents and teachers may have raised red flags earlier, but it takes months or years to confirm suspicions with a formal diagnosis. And therapy rarely starts without one.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:02:54 +0000 Karen Weintraub 20109 at http://wnpr.org Early Childhood Autism Treatment Is Key, But Diagnosis Is Difficult The Benefits of Children's Yoga Only Beginning to Be Understood http://wnpr.org/post/benefits-childrens-yoga-only-beginning-be-understood <p>There are many studies out there touting the benefits of yoga, from increasing flexibility and strength, to helping with more debilitating conditions like chronic headaches and pain. More and more children are practicing yoga, and researchers are just beginning to understand how kids can benefit from the ancient discipline.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:52:50 +0000 Ray Hardman 19846 at http://wnpr.org The Benefits of Children's Yoga Only Beginning to Be Understood E-Cigarette Bill Would Ban Marketing to Kids http://wnpr.org/post/e-cigarette-bill-would-ban-marketing-kids <p>Two members of Connecticut's congressional delegation have launched a bill that would ban companies from marketing e-cigarettes to children.</p><p>But they ran into some vocal opposition during a press conference to launch the legislation.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:26:15 +0000 Harriet Jones 19782 at http://wnpr.org E-Cigarette Bill Would Ban Marketing to Kids Report Finds Metro-North Defects; Bill Introduced to Protect Kids From E-Cigarettes http://wnpr.org/post/report-finds-metro-north-defects-bill-introduced-protect-kids-e-cigarettes <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lJBqym-msjc" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Federal inspectors found more than 7,100 defects and deficiencies in the Metro-North Railroad over the last decade, but records show regulators launched an investigation only after two high-profile accidents last year. In an open records request by Hearst Media, federal inspection reports between 2003 and 2013 show inspectors last year found broken joint bars and loose or missing rail braces that hold tracks to the ties in Bridgeport, Norwalk, New Haven and Stamford.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:56:08 +0000 Teri McCready 19717 at http://wnpr.org Sizing Up Your Children Is A Tricky Business http://wnpr.org/post/sizing-your-children-tricky-business When I had a second baby earlier this year, my three-year-old suddenly seemed <em>enormous</em>. "Check out the size of those feet!" I marveled. She seemed so heavy, so tall, so substantial.<p>She even seemed more capable, more robust. Images of airborne cookware and toppling bookshelves faded. The staircase didn't seem quite so treacherous. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:36:55 +0000 Tania Lombrozo 19721 at http://wnpr.org Sizing Up Your Children Is A Tricky Business Why Playing Minecraft Might Be More Healthful For Kids Than TV http://wnpr.org/post/why-playing-minecraft-might-be-more-healthy-kids-tv Doctors say children shouldn't log more than two hours a day of screen time, though what with phones, computers and TV most children put in much more.<p>But it may be that not all screens are equally evil.<p>Researchers from the University of Michigan found that sixth-graders who watched a lot of TV were more likely to eat junk food and drink soda than their peers who spent the same amount of time on the computer or playing video games, researchers from the University of Michigan say.<p>Of course, running around outside is still much better for children's health than playing Temple Run on an i Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:00:00 +0000 editor 19219 at http://wnpr.org Why Playing Minecraft Might Be More Healthful For Kids Than TV Where We Teach: A Conversation With Connecticut's Teachers http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-teach-conversation-connecticuts-teachers-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our teacher panel welcomed educators from across the state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We broadcasted live from the </span>CPBN<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Learning Lab, </span><a href="http://jma.hartfordschools.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the home of the Journalism and Media Academy Magnet High School</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Satellite Campus and the Institute for Advanced Media.</span></p><p>Are you a teacher? Why did you decide to enter this profession and what keeps you going back to school every day? Find our tweets from the discussion at #WhereWeTeach, and watch our video of the event below.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 19096 at http://wnpr.org Where We Teach: A Conversation With Connecticut's Teachers Connecticut-Based Non-Profit to Build a Children's Village in Tanzania http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-based-non-profit-build-childrens-village-tanzania <p>A Connecticut-based non-profit has received a major grant to start construction on a village for orphaned children in Tanzania. <a href="http://www.thesmallthings.org/" target="_blank">The Small Things, based in East Haven and Africa</a>, partners with the Nkoaranga Orphanage, which cares for youngsters from birth to five years old.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When they age out of the orphanage, some kids are able to move in with family members or live in foster homes, but most are sent away to boarding schools.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:42:46 +0000 Diane Orson 19056 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut-Based Non-Profit to Build a Children's Village in Tanzania Are There Better Ways of Handling Child Custody Cases in Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/are-there-better-ways-handling-child-custody-cases-connecticut <p><font size="2">There's growing tension in Connecticut between parents and guardian ad litem lawyers or GALs, who are appointed to represent minor children in child custody cases.</font></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Alan Yu 19005 at http://wnpr.org Are There Better Ways of Handling Child Custody Cases in Connecticut? A Look Inside Connecticut's Family Court System http://wnpr.org/post/look-inside-connecticuts-family-court-system <p>Earlier this month, <em>The Connecticut Law Tribune</em> reported that a number of the state’s guardian ad litem lawyers had withdrawn from their child custody cases.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Their actions came in response to growing tension within the family courts, where parents and advocates have criticized the system -- and the lawyers in it -- for high fees and lack of oversight.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:39:51 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18987 at http://wnpr.org A Look Inside Connecticut's Family Court System Kids Benefit From Counseling At The Pediatrician's Office http://wnpr.org/post/kids-benefit-counseling-pediatricians-office Pediatricians often recommend some mental health counseling for children who have behavior problems like defiance and tantrums. But counseling can be hard to find. Children are much more likely to get help if the counselor is right there in the doctor's office, a study finds.<p>The children in the study had behavior problems, and many also had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or anxiety. They were 8 years old, on average, and two-thirds were boys.<p>Half of the 321 children were referred to outside counselors who took the family's insurance. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:03:00 +0000 editor 18936 at http://wnpr.org Kids Benefit From Counseling At The Pediatrician's Office Volunteer-Built Playground in Hartford Celebrates Sandy Hook Shooting Victim http://wnpr.org/post/volunteer-built-playground-hartford-celebrates-sandy-hook-shooting-victim <p><font size="2">A corner of a Hartford's Elizabeth Park became a construction site last weekend, but this wasn't just any ordinary project. </font></p><p><font size="2">Even on a chilly day in March, hundreds of people came to watch. The organizers hope the community will continue to feel a strong connection to the playground that was built.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="2">A group called the Sandy Ground Project <a href="http://www.thesandygroundproject.org/" target="_blank">is building 26 playgrounds as living memorials</a> to the children who died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.&nbsp;</font></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Alan Yu 18569 at http://wnpr.org Volunteer-Built Playground in Hartford Celebrates Sandy Hook Shooting Victim A Call for Pesticide-Free Town Greens http://wnpr.org/post/call-pesticide-free-town-greens <p>Connecticut lawmakers are once again eyeing restrictions on pesticides. A&nbsp;new proposal would ban their use at public parks and town greens.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:37:04 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18455 at http://wnpr.org A Call for Pesticide-Free Town Greens Malloy Wants to Ban Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-wants-ban-sale-e-cigarettes-minors <p>Governor Dannel Malloy wants to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. He said the makers of the devices may be trying to hook smokers while they're young.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:25:14 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18322 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Wants to Ban Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors School Resource Officers and the Safety of Our Students http://wnpr.org/post/school-resource-officers-and-safety-our-students <p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#333333">After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, something changed at many schools in Connecticut.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 16.5pt;">Armed guards started appearing in places they hadn’t before: in elementary and middle schools. Districts have struggled with the questions of whether this kind of increased security is worth the cost, and whether it provides the kind of school environment they want.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:38:41 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18214 at http://wnpr.org School Resource Officers and the Safety of Our Students Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online http://wnpr.org/post/cigs-and-selfies-teens-imitate-risky-behavior-shared-online Teenagers put a lot of stock in what their peers are doing, and parents are forever trying to push back against that influence. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:57:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 18135 at http://wnpr.org Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online Blumenthal Talks Rail Safety; Protecting Children from Toxic Chemicals http://wnpr.org/post/blumenthal-talks-rail-safety-protecting-children-toxic-chemicals <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EKqGw6F-ZT0?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut discussed his priorities for rail safety today in Hartford, in his first hearing as chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation in Washington. Blumenthal stressed the importance of renewed investment in rail infrastructure and strong federal oversight.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:24:16 +0000 Teri McCready 18056 at http://wnpr.org What It's Like to Be a Teacher in Connecticut Today http://wnpr.org/post/what-its-be-teacher-connecticut-today <p>Why do teachers want to teach? In the era of education reform, teacher evaluations, and standardized testing, it's a question that some teachers are asking themselves.</p><p>Last week, <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-teach-conversation-connecticuts-teachers" target="_blank">WNPR's&nbsp;<em>Where We Live</em> hosted an evening panel discussion with teachers from across the state</a> in order to accommodate their schedules which don't line up with a live morning call-in show.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We invited educators to join us in the audience and t</span>here was a general sentiment of openness to new evaluation methods and ways of measuring performance. But they also expressed a desire to balance it with support from administrators. The teachers on the panel said they are interested in getting better at teaching, and so they want feedback and support, not a stern visit that comes with a score and an up or down vote.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:42:44 +0000 Tucker Ives 17874 at http://wnpr.org What It's Like to Be a Teacher in Connecticut Today Where We Teach: A Conversation With Connecticut's Teachers http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-teach-conversation-connecticuts-teachers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our teacher panel welcomed educators from across the state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We broadcasted live from the </span>CPBN<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Learning Lab, </span><a href="http://jma.hartfordschools.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the home of the Journalism and Media Academy Magnet High School</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Satellite Campus and the Institute for Advanced Media.</span></p><p>Are you a teacher? Why did you decide to enter this profession and what keeps you going back to school every day? Find our tweets from the discussion at #WhereWeTeach, and watch our video of the event below.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:25:33 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown, Catie Talarski & Heather Brandon 17522 at http://wnpr.org Where We Teach: A Conversation With Connecticut's Teachers Proposal Could Allow Adoptees to Access Birth Certificates http://wnpr.org/post/proposal-could-allow-adoptees-access-birth-certificates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A proposal that went before the Public Health Committee could allow adopted children access to their birth certificate if they are age 21 or older.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17731 at http://wnpr.org Proposal Could Allow Adoptees to Access Birth Certificates Will Connecticut See a Second Maximum Security Facility for Girls? http://wnpr.org/post/will-connecticut-see-second-maximum-security-facility-girls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each year, 1.4 million of the nation’s eleven- to 17-year-olds enter the juvenile justice system. Of these boys and girls, some 71,000 are sent to incarceration facilities, where they may remain for several months in seclusion from the outside world.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:49:12 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 17404 at http://wnpr.org Will Connecticut See a Second Maximum Security Facility for Girls? Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain http://wnpr.org/post/orphans-lonely-beginnings-reveal-how-parents-shape-childs-brain Parents do a lot more than make sure a child has food and shelter, researchers say. They play a critical role in brain development.<p>More than a decade of research on children raised in institutions shows that "neglect is awful for the brain," says <a href="http://dms.hms.harvard.edu/neuroscience/fac/Nelson.php">Charles Nelson</a>, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 17438 at http://wnpr.org Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain Malloy's Universal Pre-K Plans Unveiled; Metro-North Officials Meet http://wnpr.org/post/malloys-universal-pre-k-plans-unveiled-metro-north-officials-meet <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RaT0bm_68co?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, the Executive Director of Connecticut's Office of Early Childhood, appeared on WNPRs <em>Where We Live</em>&nbsp;to discuss plans for universal pre-K. Just over 1,000 seats would be added next school year for children from low-income families. Jones-Taylor said a quality pre-K program sets children up for future success. </span><span class="s2" style="line-height: 1.5;">The first phase of the program would cost $13.8 million, which has been built into Malloy’s budget proposal.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:00:57 +0000 Sara Conner 17294 at http://wnpr.org Malloy's Pre-K Plan Targets "Most Vulnerable" Children http://wnpr.org/post/malloys-pre-k-plan-targets-most-vulnerable-children <p></p><p>Governor Malloy’s latest early childhood education proposal centers on universal access to pre-kindergarten. The phase-in plan would offer seats to 1,000 three- and four-year-olds for fiscal year 2015, and would expand to serve 4,000 additional children by 2019.&nbsp; Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:01:03 +0000 Diane Orson 17152 at http://wnpr.org Malloy's Pre-K Plan Targets "Most Vulnerable" Children Pre-K and Right-to-Die Bills Face the Legislature in 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/pre-k-and-right-die-bills-face-legislature-2014 <p>Governor Dannel Malloy's agenda includes universal access to pre-kindergarten. But in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio&nbsp;is proposing universal pre-kindergarten.</p><p>What's the difference?</p><p>This hour, we ask the executive director of the Office of Early Childhood, who is working on this issue. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:53:04 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 17132 at http://wnpr.org Pre-K and Right-to-Die Bills Face the Legislature in 2014 States Want Kids To Learn A Lot — Maybe Too Much http://wnpr.org/post/states-want-kids-learn-lot-maybe-too-much Jean Leising admits she's no expert on brain development, but she still hopes to do something about the way kids learn.<p>Leising serves in the Indiana state Senate. Last month, she convinced her Senate colleagues to pass a bill that would restore instruction of cursive writing to the state's educational standards — the set of skills and knowledge kids are expected to master in each grade level.<p>Even in the email age, teaching cursive might be a great thing. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:37:00 +0000 editor 17078 at http://wnpr.org States Want Kids To Learn A Lot — Maybe Too Much Sixteen Minors Rescued in Trafficking Ring Around Super Bowl 48 http://wnpr.org/post/sixteen-minors-rescued-trafficking-ring-around-super-bowl-48 <p>The FBI and dozens of law enforcement agencies rescued 16 juveniles in four states, including Connecticut, during an operation that targeted forced prostitution around the Super Bowl.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:26:28 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 16488 at http://wnpr.org Sixteen Minors Rescued in Trafficking Ring Around Super Bowl 48 Most Teens Aren't Active Enough, And It's Not Always Their Fault http://wnpr.org/post/most-teens-arent-active-enough-and-its-not-always-their-fault Sure, you think, my kid's on a football team. That takes care of his exercise needs, right? Probably not.<p>"There are these bursts of activity," says <a href="http://sallis.ucsd.edu/">Jim Sallis</a>, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:27:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 16373 at http://wnpr.org Most Teens Aren't Active Enough, And It's Not Always Their Fault Young Athletes Risk Back Injury By Playing Too Much http://wnpr.org/post/young-athletes-risk-back-injury-playing-too-much Jack Everett sat on his living room couch wearing a back brace, eyes glued to a massive TV set playing his favorite video game, NHL 2013.<p>"I'm the Boston Bruins," the 10-year-old said as he deftly worked the video controls. "The guy that just shot was Milan Lucic. He's a really good guy on our team."<p>Whether at home or during recess at his elementary school in suburban Los Angeles, Jack's young life now is about sitting still.<p>"Well, I can eat lunch with friends, and I play cards," Jack says. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:26:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 16374 at http://wnpr.org Young Athletes Risk Back Injury By Playing Too Much