‘Seen but Not Heard’: Practitioners work with poverty and the organising out of disadvantaged children’s voices and participation in the early years – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal

ABSTRACT Living in poverty disadvantages young children reducing school readiness. ‘Pedagogy of listening’ can potentially support resilience remediating against poverty’s negative effects. Little, though, is known about how early childhood education and care (ECEC) practitioners work with children in poverty and the attainment gap between such children and their peers remains significant within England and … [Read More] ‘Seen but Not Heard’: Practitioners work with poverty and the organising out of disadvantaged children’s voices and participation in the early years – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal

Advancing the Measurement of Collective Community Capacity to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience – Children and Youth Services Review

Highlights Communities throughout the United States and in other countries are organizing themselves to learn about and develop strategies to prevent and mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and facilitate statewide learning and dialogue on these topics. To help these communities measure their collective community capacity and progress towards addressing ACEs and increasing resilience, a survey … [Read More] Advancing the Measurement of Collective Community Capacity to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience – Children and Youth Services Review

It’s Special and it’s Specific: Understanding the early childhood education experiences and expectations of young Indigenous Australian children and their parents

ABSTRACT Whilst early childhood education is regarded as important for young Indigenous Australians and it has been a feature of policy since the 1960s, it does not receive the same attention as compulsory schooling for Indigenous Australian students. A serious lack of large-scale research contributes to the devaluing of early childhood education for young Indigenous … [Read More] It’s Special and it’s Specific: Understanding the early childhood education experiences and expectations of young Indigenous Australian children and their parents

Early Life Adversity during the Infant Sensitive Period for Attachment: Programming of Behavioral Neurobiology of Threat Processing and Social Behavior – Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

ABSTRACT Animals, including humans, require a highly coordinated and flexible system of social behavior and threat evaluation. However, trauma can disrupt this system, with the amygdala implicated as a mediator of these impairments in behavior. Recent evidence has further highlighted the context of infant trauma as a critical variable in determining its immediate and enduring … [Read More] Early Life Adversity during the Infant Sensitive Period for Attachment: Programming of Behavioral Neurobiology of Threat Processing and Social Behavior – Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

“Closing the Gap” is Failing and Needs a Radical Overhaul – The Conversation

Extract from an artilce by Diana Perche, Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, Macquarie University Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presented the ninth annual Closing the Gap report to parliament this week. In keeping with previous reports, it outlined limited progress on key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008. These … [Read More] “Closing the Gap” is Failing and Needs a Radical Overhaul – The Conversation

Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s report 2017 – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)

This ninth Closing the Gap report showcases real successes being achieved at a local level across the country—by individuals, communities, organisations and government. However, at a national level, progress needs to accelerate. Over the long term there are improvements across a number of the targets, however these improvements are not enough to meet the majority of … [Read More] Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s report 2017 – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)

Relations between Executive Function, Behavioral Regulation, and Achievement: Moderation by family income – Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

Highlights Similar relations between EF tasks and behavioral regulation by family income EF and behavioral regulation were significantly related to academic achievement Inhibitory control and achievement were less related for Head Start versus others Few differences between EF, behavioral regulation, and achievement by family income ABSTRACT Children’s executive function (EF) and behavioral regulation skills are … [Read More] Relations between Executive Function, Behavioral Regulation, and Achievement: Moderation by family income – Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

The gap of Indigenous disadvantage is being closed too slowly: report – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Michelle Grattan Australia is falling short in its progress towards almost all its targets for overcoming Indigenous disadvantage, the 2017 Closing the Gap report released by Malcolm Turnbull shows. “Successes are being achieved, however progress overall nationally is too slow,” the report says. It presents a mixed picture. While there are … [Read More] The gap of Indigenous disadvantage is being closed too slowly: report – The Conversation

Emotions Matter: The moderating role of emotional labour on preschool teacher and children interactions – Early Child Development And Care

ABSTRACT Teachers’ emotions in the classroom shape their ability to nurture positive relationships with young children. There is increasing interest in understanding how teachers manage and express their emotions on the job through the use of emotional labour, or the deliberate expression or suppression of emotions to achieve organizational goals. This study investigates how preschool … [Read More] Emotions Matter: The moderating role of emotional labour on preschool teacher and children interactions – Early Child Development And Care

Children, Poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals – Children & Society

ABSTRACT The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came into force in January 2016, taking over from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Significant human development progress has occurred in recent decades. Nevertheless, the MDGs have been criticised not least for failing to prioritise inequality and gains for the poorest people. The SDGs create a much more comprehensive … [Read More] Children, Poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals – Children & Society

Omnibus welfare bill shows the always-tricky politics of budget savings – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Peter Whiteford The Turnbull government has introduced a new omnibus savings bill to parliament. It has combined and revised several previously blocked welfare measures into a single piece of legislation to try to achieve nearly A$4 billion in net savings over the next four years. This bill builds on a range … [Read More] Omnibus welfare bill shows the always-tricky politics of budget savings – The Conversation

ACOSS urges Parliament to reject latest attempt to cut incomes of poorest in new Omnibus Bill – ACOSS

Media Release ACOSS today urged the Federal Parliament to stand firm against measures in the new Government Omnibus Bill that will cut the incomes of some of the poorest people, including families, to fund child care reforms. “This is the latest attempt by the Government to push through harsh cuts that will rip $7 billion … [Read More] ACOSS urges Parliament to reject latest attempt to cut incomes of poorest in new Omnibus Bill – ACOSS

Parenting in Poverty: Attention bias and anxiety interact to predict parents’ perceptions of daily parenting hassles – Journal of Family Psychology

ABSTRACT Research has long acknowledged the centrality of parents’ subjective experiences in the caregiving role for the organization of parenting behaviors and family functioning. Recent scientific advances in cognitive process models and in the neurobiology of parenting indicate that parenting is shaped in part by conscious and nonconscious cognitive processes. This study extends a growing … [Read More] Parenting in Poverty: Attention bias and anxiety interact to predict parents’ perceptions of daily parenting hassles – Journal of Family Psychology

Maternal Executive Function, Heart Rate, and EEG Alpha Reactivity Interact in the Prediction of Harsh Parenting – Journal of Family Psychology

ABSTRACT Do physiological and behavioral performance indicators of effortful cognitive self-regulation converge additively or interactively in their statistical prediction of individual differences in harsh parenting? To answer this question, we examined heart rate (HR) and electroencephalography alpha (?) reactivity during executive function (EF) tasks, along with observed and self-reported indicators of harsh parenting. A socioeconomically … [Read More] Maternal Executive Function, Heart Rate, and EEG Alpha Reactivity Interact in the Prediction of Harsh Parenting – Journal of Family Psychology

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