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Five Ways to Make Summer Learning Programs Successful

This summer, about 25 percent of children in the U.S. will attend a summer learning program - less than half of the number who have parents interested in enrolling them. This Child Trends 5 - the second in our new series - contains the tips and resources you'll need to design and execute an effective summer learning program.

Latest Indicators of Child Well-Being

There's always a lot to report in the world of indicators: The U.S. ranks last on the proportion of children who are overweight (meaning we have the highest percentage) in a recent UNICEF measurement of child well-being in 29 "rich countries," but second only to Ireland in the percentage who report an hour or more of daily vigorous exercise. UNESCO has convened a Learning Metrics Task Force to determine ways to measure what students worldwide know and can do. And, the Census Bureau has published a report on child care arrangements revealing that younger children are more likely than older children to be cared for by non-relatives. These are highlights from the latest issue of The Child Indicator, which covers all things indicators pertaining to children and youth, including new indicators, sources for indicators, and efforts to develop new measures.

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Michael Douglas and the Truth about HPV

Actor Michael Douglas recently set the media atwitter with his announcement that his battle with throat cancer could be attributed to Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which he purportedly told a U.K. newspaper that he contracted through oral sex. The truth is, an estimated four out of five women in the U.S. are infected with HPV by age 50, and although there's no test for HPV in males, the FDA recently approved the HPV vaccine for boys and young men. Learn what you need to know about reducing teens' risk of contracting HPV in Child Trends' latest blog post, by researchers Amanda Berger, Jennifer Manlove, Lina Guzman, and Elizabeth Wildsmith. See the post.

Teenage Childbearing among Latinas
Foreign-born Hispanics are more likely than U.S.-born Hispanics to grow up with both parents in the house, and tend to initiate sex at an older age - both of these factors are tied to lower risk of teen birth. Foreign-born Hispanic girls, though, were also more likely to be involved in serious romantic relationships and less likely to use contraception - factors tied to a higher risk of teen birth. The diversity of the Hispanic population in the United States, particularly between Hispanics born within and outside of the country, is masked by all-encompassing statistics, such as the recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that births to Hispanic teens in the U.S. have declined substantially over the past few years. Citing an article published in the June issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Child Trends researchers Jennifer Manlove, Amanda Berger, and Elizabeth Wildsmith explain the implications of diversity within the Hispanic population on Hispanic teen birthsSee the post.

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