10 Child Development Resources
It seems as if new studies and updates on child development occur daily. Whether you’re still earning your degree in child development or hoping to stay current in your career, it’s crucial to be up-to-date on all topics regarding child development. Ashford University is here to help. We’ve created a list of 10 resources for students and professionals in child development to help you stay inspired and motivated to further yourself and your impact on the children in your community. Check out the ten resources listed below to find your favorite.
1. Early Childhood Development: An Office of the Administration for Children & Families
Whether you're just getting into your degree program or you’re well on your way to earning your diploma, this resource is one you should be aware of. The US Department of Health & Human Services lists a page specifically dedicated to early childhood development. Here, you can find a monthly newsletter listing current events and accomplishments in the field of early childhood, plus learning and development programs, inclusive curriculums, recent resources, early learning partnerships, and pertinent information within childhood development.
2. The Whole Child Podcast
Listen to the Whole Child Podcast: Changing the Conversation About Education to stay informed about what is and isn't working in today's school systems. Listen to educational leaders, policymakers, researchers, students, and others share their insights around policies to stay up-to-date on everything that's going on in today's schools.
3. Children's Books Listed in The New York Times
The children's books section of The New York Times includes both reviews and essays for classic titles and new and thought-provoking books. Check out this list to get an idea of what books can be shared in a classroom, how to help a child through a particular situation, what problems children are facing in today's diverse culture, and much more information to keep you informed of recent changes in child development.
4. A Documentary About Children and the Arts
Learn how the arts make a significant impact on child development with this documentary titled Education. This documentary also explores how learning through the arts can positively influence children, families, and their local communities.
5. The Raising of America Documentary
Watch the documentary series titled The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation to learn more about the importance of early childhood development, the effects of being raised by stressed parents, what happens when children are raised around traumatic experiences, and more. This fascinating documentary series tackles several leading factors that face childhood learning in today's America, offering a unique perspective that you may not otherwise have understood.
6. A Documentary About the History of Public Education in America
This 4-part documentary explains the history of the American public school system, leading up to what it is today. Check out School: The Story of American Public Education to see rare interviews, archival footage, and an all-around interesting look on the history of school in America from 1770 to today.
7. The Office of Child Care
If you already have a career in childhood development, then this resource could be a good fit for you. The Office of Child Care under the US Department of Health supports low-income families by providing access to child care and afterschool programs. They work with state, territory, and tribal governments to offer support for their children so that they get the education they deserve.
8. Psychology Today's Child Development Central
For evidence-based information that's useful for both parents and professionals alike, check out the Child Development Central section of Psychology Today. Here, you'll find information on a wide array of developmental topics, like caring for kids with ADHD, understanding behavioral therapy, practicing mindfulness, and much more. A bonus of this blog is that you can find information that you can share with your future clients or students, depending on your profession.
9. Child Development Club Blog
This blog is a helpful resource for students, professionals, parents, care providers, and others in the field of child development. The Child Development Club blog offers insightful information that can be used across the globe. Whether you're in school or using your degree, this blog can be very useful to your career path.
10. Child Development Media Articles
If you're interested in doing more in-depth research into your area of study, check out the articles on Child Development Media. You'll find articles from leading child development theorists, issues in child care systems, issues in parenting, and other great information to gain knowledge that will help further your education and your career.
At the end of the day, your goal is to help others. Hopefully, this list will help you do just that. Use these resources to stay inspired while you work through your degree program, then check up on them frequently to continue to stay current on everything going on within the realm of child development. That way, you can keep yourself motivated, plus provide insightful information for the clients, students, and parents you work with.
Written by Ashford University staff
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