Academic journal article Family Relations

What Kids Need: Today's Best Idea's for Nurturing, Teaching, and Protecting Young Children

Academic journal article Family Relations

What Kids Need: Today's Best Idea's for Nurturing, Teaching, and Protecting Young Children

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What Kids Need: Today's Best Idea's for Nurturing, Teaching, and Protecting Young Children. R. Shore. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. 2002. 278 pp. Hardcover ISBN: 0-8070-4128-9, $25.00.

What Kids Need is a readable resource book that delivers what the tide promises, offering "Today's best idea's for nurturing, teaching, and protecting young children." Gleaning from a decade of research on child development by the Carnegie Foundation, What Kids Need suggests strategies to promote children's well-being and learning as a priority for our national agenda within the context of family and community.

Citing successful programs and initiatives at local, state, and federal levels, including Head Start, Early Head Start, and Starting Points, Shore (also the author of Rethinking the Brain) encourages the efforts of all of these initiatives to support and impact family issues such as health and education. Each chapter of What Kids Need builds the case that what we do even with the youngest of children matters. In Chapter 1, the role of family is explored from the aspect of how parents matter; the importance of early, warm, and responsive relationships; and the significance of the father. The chapter concludes with the author's implication that family support and referral programs are crucial in assisting parents with a wide range of services necessary for many to effectively raise their children.

Chapters 2 and 3 focus on the developmental needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, stressing the influence of brain development, secure attachments, and early literacy experiences during the first 3 years of life as a foundation for future learning. What Kids Need reflects on insights from research that have led to greater public awareness and support for programs that offer opportunities to promote healthy development and learning in the early years. …

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