are the days of the fries-and-a-shake school lunch - today's students
can opt for light popcorn and flavored water instead. In his latest
post, Child Trends' David Murphey reviews the USDA's decision to issue
new standards for foods and beverages sold in schools. Anti-obesity
strategies and campaigns seem to be working: according to a new
government report, obesity rates are falling even for young children from low-income families, who've had some of the highest obesity rates.
Pre-kindergarten supports low-income children's academic school readiness
Among low-income children that are in
subsidized child care, those who are also in pre-kindergarten are more
likely to be academically ready for school. In a study to be published
in Early Childhood Research Quarterly this month, Child Trends'
researchers Nicole Forry and Kate Welti, and Elizabeth Davis of the
University of Minnesota, also found that the use of subsidized
center-based care is associated with children being academically ready
for kindergarten. The study looked at variations in school readiness
associated with different types of subsidized child care in Maryland.
In 2012, tenth graders with no plans to
complete four years of college were significantly more likely to have
used steroids in the preceding four months than their counterparts with
plans to complete four college years - 2.3 percent versus 0.7 percent.
There was no significant difference by gender. Steroids can be
doctor-prescribed, but youth may take them illegally to enhance their
strength, size, or aggressiveness. Apart from having its own slew of
negative health effects, adolescent steroid use has been linked with
other risky behaviors, such as drinking and driving and sharing needles
used for steroid injection. Read about these latest data, and more, in
the Child Trends DataBank.
Promising Practices in Professional Development Related to Family-Provider Relationships
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