NC Child Fatality Task Force October Meetings

The Child Fatality Task Force has a number of meetings scheduled for October. All meetings are from 10 until 1 in room 1027 of the Legislative Building in Raleigh.  The call-in number for those unable to participate in person...

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Three in Ten Young Children Live in Poverty in North Carolina

The share of children in North Carolina living in households falling below the poverty line remains alarmingly high, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Last year, more than half a million North Carolina children (roughly 580,000)...

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UPDATE: Still Face Experiment Researcher Coming to NC

Online Registration is now open! https://www.wakeahec.org/CourseCatalog/CASCE_courseinfo.asp?cr=37279 A brochure also is available outlining the day's events. Ed Tronick, Ph.D., internationally known for the Still Face experiment, will be the featured speaker at the North Carolina Infant and Young Child Mental Health...

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UPDATE: Still Face Experiment Researcher Coming to NC

Online Registration is now open!  https://www.wakeahec.org/CourseCatalog/CASCE_courseinfo.asp?cr=37279 A brochure also is available outlining the day's events. Ed Tronick, Ph.D., internationally known for the Still Face experiment, will be the featured speaker at the North Carolina Infant and Young Child Mental Health Association's First...

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When Moms are Depressed, Children Affected

A study published in Pediatrics finds that maternal depressive symptoms during infancy may affect physical growth in early childhood. The researchers call for prevention, early detection, and treatment of maternal depressive symptoms during the first year postpartum to help prevent...

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Whooping Cough on the Rise; Free Vaccine for Limited Time

Whooping Cough (pertussis) cases are increasing across the country and North Carolina. A Forsyth County infant, just two-months old, recently died from Whooping Cough. Newborns and infants have not completed the series of vaccinations that would protect them, making...

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Children at risk for abuse and neglect can be identified from birth

Researchers from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reported recently on the most significant findings from a twenty-five year study on families and children. The Family Child Study was initiated in North Carolina with the primary goal...

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Federal report shows drops in infant mortality, preterm birth rates

Annual statistics compilation notes increases in poverty, drop in secure parental employment The infant mortality rate, the preterm birth rate, and the adolescent birth rate all continued to decline, average mathematics scores increased for 4th and 8th grade...

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Growing Up Well: Supporting Young Children’s Social-Emotional Development and Mental Health in North Carolina

Research shows that early experiences, from age 0 to 5, have a strong influence on a child's developing brain, providing a time of great opportunity and vulnerability.The NCIOM Task Force on the Mental Health, Social, and Emotional Needs of...

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Shape NC Featured in Clinton Global Initiative Video

Shape NC, a partnership between The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation and  The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) to address  early childhood obesity, is featured in a Clinton Global Initiative video. With a focus on the child care setting, Shape NC is increasing knowledge of nutrition and the importance of physical activity practices among young children, their families and teachers, with the goal of increasing the number of young children in child care at a healthy weight. Measures of success will include improved nutrition and physical activity practices in child care settings, healthier play environments and a state-level policy blueprint to impact the health of young children.

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