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Experts believe one reason the word gap is so prevalent is because it starts so early in life. But what if new programs could get all kinds of families to talk to their young kids in a richer, more varied way?
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Crocker College Prep is one of five New Orleans schools in a program to better serve children who've been exposed to trauma. WWNO’s Eve Troeh profiles Crocker’s new principal to understand how the school’s approach differs.
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The number of babies born with opioids in their system has risen dramatically in recent years. That's particularly worrying in light of new research that found such children perform significantly worse in school than their peers.
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New tech devices can help parents make sure they're talking to their kids enough. Such conversations drive healthy brain development and help kids keep up with their peers at school.
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New research based on a long-term study of New Zealanders finds that risk factors at age 3 reliably predict later-in-life convictions, hospitalizations and fatherless families.
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Parents love to make jokes about teenagers and their fitfully growing brains. But emerging researching supplies the science needed to understand the changes. In one key way, their brains are shrinking.
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The U.S. is the only industrialized country without a paid family leave law. Trump has said he wants to change that. But will he?
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As the legalization of weed appears imminent in California, former Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Quinones says the crucial question we should be asking is, "What kind of marijuana should we legalize?"
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As researchers and policymakers seek ways to stop the damage wrought by toxic stress and early trauma, a leading thinker in the field suggests we need smarter approaches that take inspiration from precision medicine.
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The little girl just wasn’t herself. Her mom, Jacqueline Thomas, knew something was seriously wrong....

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