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Informal childcare curbs chances of infants being breastfed
Babies who are looked after by relatives, friends, and neighbors while their mothers are at work, are less likely to be breastfed, suggests research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2010-06-23)

Elevated stress levels among Norway's youngest in childcare
Norwegian researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in 112 toddlers from 85 different childcare centers in six municipalities, approximately five months after they started attending. Children with the longest childcare days (eight-nine hours) showed increases in cortisol during the day. (2017-02-24)

Two out of 3 parents struggle finding childcare that meets their health, safety standards
The search for the best preschool or childcare option is often a challenging experience -- and many parents aren't sure if the one they pick is safe and healthy for their child. (2017-11-20)

Family support more important than pre-school care in securing children's wellbeing
The government needs to focus as much on supporting deprived and disadvantaged families as it does on increasing the number of hours of free pre-school care if it is to secure the best outcomes for young children, according to new research from the University of Warwick. (2015-07-14)

Head start programs alleviate supply gap of center-based childcare in NJ
The availability of Head Start and Early Head Start in New Jersey, federal programs designed to serve low-income families' childcare needs, reduces the likelihood that a community will experience a severe childcare supply gap, a Rutgers-led study found. (2019-08-26)

QUT new study calls for changes to childcare 'mandatory' sleep rules
The findings from a QUT study have put to bed the idea of mandatory sleep times in licensed childcare settings. (2015-05-06)

New partnership to foster healthier food habits in early childhood
A group of nutritionists from Extenso, the Universite de Montreal's human nutrition referral center, is teaming up with chefs from the Institut de tourisme et d'hotellerie du Quebec to provide culinary expertise to Quebec daycares and early childhood centers. (2008-12-10)

Couples that split childcare duties have higher quality relationships and sex lives
Heterosexual couples that split childcare duties have higher quality relationships and sex lives than those who don't, according to new research. (2015-08-23)

Context may explain why dads are happier and less stressed than moms
Dads are often happier, less stressed and less tired than moms when taking care of kids, and researchers say these differences may come down to how and when childcare activities are split between parents. (2019-09-23)

Antibiotics can prevent meningitis outbreaks
Giving antibiotics to everyone living in the same household as a patient who has had meningitis can substantially reduce the risk of further cases, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2004-06-03)

Women's professional self-identity impacts on childcare balance, but not men's
Research shows that a mother's self-identity impacts on the amount of time her partner spends on childcare -- with strong professional identity in women creating a more equal childcare balance in a couple. A father's self-identity, however, has no bearing on a mother's time with children. (2014-07-17)

One in 4 parents not prepared for 'parenting hangovers' this holiday season
A quarter of parents of young children who drink alcohol on special occasions do not think about limiting how much they drink or whether they'll be able to take care of their child the next day, according to a new national poll. (2018-12-17)

Childcare reduces stress levels for kids with working mums
Low job satisfaction in working mothers increases the stress levels of their children, but spending longer in childcare can help overcome these effects, new research has shown. (2005-11-20)

Brits and Germans have very different views on the future of state pensions
Germans think the state always has some role to play in providing state pensions but UK citizens split over how to provide social welfare in the future, according to new research conducted at the University. (2019-01-21)

Nurseries may trump informal or childminder care for kids' psychological development
Attendance at a nursery/crèche staffed by professionals may be linked to better psychological development than being looked after by family/friends or a childminder in early childhood, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. (2018-10-01)

Nature Publishing Group supports ASCB Childcare Awards for scientist-parents at annual meeting
For many young scientists, particularly women, research careers hang precariously between scientific and family responsibilities. That's a balance that the American Society for Cell Biology hopes to tip towards the plus side with a $60,000 grant from Nature Publishing Group to underwrite childcare expenses at the ASCB's career-critical Annual Meetings over the next five years. (2011-07-01)

Despite much-higher poverty rates, rural Oregonians use less public assistance
Despite high levels of poverty and unemployment rates that are nearly double that of their urban counterparts, working families in rural Oregon tend to make less use of public assistance, especially childcare subsidies, according to researchers with Oregon State University's Family Policy Program. (2010-03-31)

Current child care debate must be placed in larger societal context
New theoretical perspective on the current child care controversy prioritizes role of government policy, family and workplace. (2004-08-19)

Better childcare provision increases public support for the service
People's attitudes to childcare are shaped by the perceived level and effectiveness of the service, new research led by the University of Kent has shown. (2016-11-15)

Research shows 50 years of motherhood manuals set standards too high for new moms
New research at the University of Warwick into 50 years of motherhood manuals has revealed how despite their differences they have always issued advice as orders and set unattainably high standards for new moms and babies. (2012-03-13)

Early use of non-parental childcare is not harmful for most children
What type of childcare arrangements do parents choose before their children are 18 months old? Does the choice of childcare affect children's language skills and mental health at the age of five? These are some of the questions that are explored in a new report prepared by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health as part of a collaborative project with the Ministry of Education and Research. The report indicates that there is no evidence that early center-based childcare is harmful for most children. (2011-09-27)

Research debunks myth of self-reliant nuclear family
Despite the long-cherished belief that the nuclear family is independent and self-sustaining, most families with working parents depend on a network of care to manage work and family demands, according to research by Brandeis University sociologist Karen Hansen. (2005-07-28)

Women caught up in 'rug rat race'
College-educated mothers in the United States are going to extremes to secure elite college admission for their kids, say University of California, San Diego economists Garey and Valerie Ramey. Since the mid-1990s, these women have dramatically increased the time they spend on childcare, especially on organizing and driving to activities. (2010-03-22)

Highest average rate of US road deaths on Independence Day
More than 100 people die on US roads every day, but there is definitely a seasonal trend, with the highest average death toll on July 4, Independence Day, reveals research in Injury Prevention. (2005-02-02)

Less help at home -- Female support for new Moms on the decline
How is motherhood different than it was a century ago? In the past, live-in grandmothers, relatives and other women were frequently available to assist with childcare. But times have changed. New research by Brown University sociologist Susan E. Short shows that today's mothers with young children are getting substantially less help around the house. Even when other women are living in the household, they aren't necessarily on hand to help with the kids. This research appears in Demography. (2006-12-11)

Children are less likely to be delinquent if supervised after school
Children who are supervised after school are less likely to get into trouble than those who are home alone, according to a Brown University study forthcoming in the Journal of Public Economics and currently available online. Among the study's conclusions: Childcare programs that accommodate school-age children are important for society. (2003-11-03)

Parents' perceptions of their child's competence linked to physical activity
According to a new study, there is no direct link between parents' own level of physical activity, and how much their child may exercise. In fact, parents' perceptions of their children's athleticism are what have a direct impact on the children's activity. (2010-01-26)

QUT study links daytime naps to poorer night-time sleep in young children
Children who have daytime naps beyond the age of two may be poorer sleepers at night, Queensland University of Technology researchers have found. (2015-02-17)

Modern family roles improve life satisfaction for parents
Increased equality has a positive effect on mothers and fathers. Thanks to greater freedom to strike an individual balance between caring for children and working in paid employment, mothers and fathers today are happier with their lives than parents were 20 or 30 years ago, a study by sociologists at the University of Zurich has shown. (2019-10-08)

Men viewed more favorably than women when seeking work-life balance
While some suggest that flexible work arrangements have the potential to reduce workplace inequality, a new study finds these arrangements may exacerbate discrimination based on parental status and gender. (2014-08-18)

Napping beyond age of 2 linked to poorer sleep quality in young children
Napping beyond the age of 2 is linked to poorer sleep quality in young children, although the impact on behavior and development is less clear-cut, finds an analysis of the available evidence published online in Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2015-02-17)

Childcare provision is not geared to realities of modern working life
For most of the growing number of women who go out to work, organising childcare for young children is a highly complicated process in which the slightest disruption is likely to cause a crisis, according to new research sponsored by the ESRC. (2005-01-21)

When low-income families can meet their basic needs, children are healthier
A series of reports from five cities across the US found that young children and their parents are healthier when they are able to afford basic needs. (2018-11-08)

COVID-19 in Victorian schools and childcare mainly driven by community transmission
COVID-19 cases in schools, early childhood education centers and childcare are mainly driven by community transmission. Off-site learning should therefore be a last resort, a new Australian report has found. (2020-12-04)

Maternal mental health needs attention during COVID-19 lockdowns
Mothers are at increased risk of mental health problems as they struggle to balance the demands of childcare and remote working in COVID-19 lockdowns, according to new research from an international team of researchers. (2021-02-03)

Message to mom: Don't worry -- you're still number one with your toddler
Authors of a forthcoming paper have re-examined 40 studies to assess relationships between children and their caregivers in childcare facilities. In addition to finding that relationships between children and their daytime caregivers are similar in some ways to child-parent relationships, it was also found that children are less likely to form secure attachments to their childcare provider than their parents. There are many factors, though, that affect this care provider-child relationship. (2006-05-17)

The Lancet Public Health: US modelling study estimates impact of school closures for COVID-19 on US health-care workforce and associated mortality
US policymakers considering physical distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 face a difficult trade-off between closing schools to reduce transmission and new cases, and potential health-care worker absenteeism due to additional childcare needs that could ultimately increase mortality from COVID-19, according to new modelling research published in The Lancet Public Health journal. (2020-04-03)

MN childcare programs focused on nutrition and physical activities, study finds
Existing state and local programs focused on good nutrition and physical activities for children have led to measurable improvement in practices by the state's child care programs between 2010 and 2016, says a new University of Minnesota Medical School study. (2018-05-16)

Ear infections linked to passive smoking
A new report from Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research has found a strong link between childhood ear infections and exposure to tobacco smoke. (2008-05-18)

Technology only a tool in search for solutions to poverty
Technology can serve as a tool to bridge the digital divide, but it is unlikely to be a complete solution in helping people find jobs and escape poverty, according to a Penn State researcher. (2012-11-16)

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