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The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, recently completed a competitive process to fund for the first time ever, an academic institution to serve as a national resource for child maltreatment research and training. Penn State has been selected based on scientific merit to establish the Center for Healthy Children. The award of $7.7 million over five years will support the center as a national resource for child maltreatment research and training. To further this effort, Penn State has committed $3.4 million in funds, to total more than $11 million.


HDFS 497, “FaceAge: Perspectives on Aging” is an eight-week course that brings together HDFS students and adults aged 50 and older through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Penn State to provide real-life, intergenerational synergy. The course, which launched this spring, focuses on perceptions and perspectives of the aging experience and offers the opportunity to learn from different perspectives and generational cohorts.


Janet Rosenzweig, executive director of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, will present her work on describing and defining child well-being at the sixth annual de Lissovoy Lecture at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. Rosenzweig is also Penn State's College of Health and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Speaker for 2017. The talk is sponsored by the Health and Human Development Alumni Society.


Janet Rosenzweig, executive director of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, will present her work on describing and defining child well-being at the sixth annual de Lissovoy Lecture at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. Rosenzweig is also Penn State's College of Health and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Speaker for 2017. The talk is sponsored by the Health and Human Development Alumni Society.


Kindergarten teachers report that of the 32 million children living in poverty or low-income homes in the United States, nearly half lack strong social-emotional skills and are not “ready to succeed in school,” according to research by the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The development of these skills in preschool combines with academic preparation to set the stage for school success.


Two Penn State graduate students, with the assistance of two faculty members, have developed a tutorial for speech-language pathologists designed to better include parents and other family members in communication interventions for children whose speech does not adequately meet their communication needs due to autism or other disorders.


Anthony Keith, an HDFS major at Penn State Worthington Scranton, wants to use his education and personal experiences to help individuals who are fighting the same battles he fought earlier in his life.


Daniel Max Crowley, assistant professor of human development and family studies and faculty affiliate of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State, will present on the relationship between healthy child development and public spending to leaders at the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., on March 23.


While it has long been known that maltreatment can affect a child’s psychological development, new Penn State research indicates that the stress of abuse can impact the physical growth and maturation of adolescents as well.


The effectiveness of Head Start in preparing children for elementary school is currently being debated, but in Pennsylvania, the program has benefited from several Penn State initiatives.


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