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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.


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.


March Healthy Aging Lecture to focus on making sense of healthy aging science presented through media channels. Hosted by Martin Sliwinski, professor of Human Development and Family Studies and director for the Center for Healthy Aging, lecture is part of the Penn State Center for Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series.


March Healthy Aging Lecture to focus on making sense of healthy aging science presented through media channels. Hosted by Martin Sliwinski, professor of Human Development and Family Studies and director for the Center for Healthy Aging, lecture is part of the Penn State Center for Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series.


A novel approach to fostering relationships, Story Circle, a 90-minute facilitated discussion hosted by the Center for Healthy Aging in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State in collaboration with theater professional Joan Lipkin, provides an opportunity for college students and older adults to engage in settings conducive to conversation and understanding.


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