Easing the transition from summer to school
Penn GSE’s Linda Leibowitz has a few suggestions for parents and caregivers who are keen to smooth their kids’ transition from summer back to school.
Children who nap midday are happier, excel academically, and have fewer behavioral problems
A Penn study of nearly 3,000 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in China revealed strong connections between 30 to 60 minutes of shuteye at least three days a week and positive outcomes in a handful of areas.
From Play-Doh to Slinkies, an engaging introduction to the basics of the brain
The Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair brought West Philadelphia fourth graders and Penn neuroscience students together for a morning of hands-on fun.
The best books of 2018 for young readers
Penn GSE’s Ebony Elizabeth Thomas and her team share their book choices for elementary and middle grade kids, showcasing authors whose work explores issues like race, gender, ethnicity, and class thoughtfully and empathetically.
Undergraduate leads NGO to change Chicago’s gun violence
Sophomore Eva Maria Lewis is tackling the root causes of Chicago’s gun violence crisis and working to create equitable communities.
Should tax dollars support private schools?
Penn GSE’s Rand Quinn offers an overview on the state of vouchers under the Trump administration and new research on Americans’ views.
Revisiting the rate of medical exemptions following California vaccine bill
The proportion of California kindergarten students who received all required vaccines at the start of school increased a year after the state eliminated nonmedical vaccine exemptions for school entry—but not without problems.
Penn alumnus and staff member named TIAA Difference Maker
The two-time Penn alumnus and staff member at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships has been selected as a TIAA Difference Maker 100 honoree for his efforts to improve nutrition for the young people of West Philadelphia.
Marian Anderson’s legacy lives on
Philadelphia elementary school students visit the Penn Libraries to learn about the world-renowned singer (and the cat she dedicated an entire album to) through her collection.
Netter Center provides summer academic and cultural enrichment
The Netter Center for Community Partnerships offers six-week summer camps at University-Assisted Community Schools that serve hundreds of Philadelphia schoolchildren.
In the News
Why Talking — and Listening — to Your Child Could Be Key to Brain Development
A study by a team of scientists from Penn, MIT, and Harvard that found that the actual quantity of words a child hears over time may not be as important as the “amount of back-and-forth conversation between children and adults” when it comes to brain and language development is highlighted.
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Audio: What We Can Learn from Ghana's Obsession With Preschool
Sharon Wolf of the Graduate School of Education spoke about her work with the Ghanaian government to revamp schools in the capital city of Accra.
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