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Parenting news round up – January 9, 2019

Kidoinfo.com offers a round-up of local articles and information that are of interest to parents to help you keep up with the news in your busy life.

Here is a list of children’s books that include characters with disabilities.

Rhode Island will receive a $4.19-million grant to help improve early-education offerings in the state according to an Jan 3, 2019 article in the Providence Journal. The preschool development grant, from the U.S. Department of Education, will be used to develop a system that supports early-childhood education with the goal of getting RI’s students to read proficiently in third grade – a strong indicator of future school success. Rhode Island was one of four states to win the competitive federal grant.

Here’s a list of books about feelings for babies and toddlers.

Here is an interesting article by the Providence Journal’s Education writer Linda Borg about the effects of a later school start time in East Greenwich.

The University of Rhode Island has joined a consortium of 10 New England schools designed to encourage students to pursue humanities degrees, according to a January 4, 2019 article in the Providence Business News. The consortium, based at the University of Connecticut, is concerned about a decline in new bachelor’s degrees in Humanities, and wants to show that humanities degrees can lead to stable careers as well as other types of degrees which may appear more employment-focused.

A University of Rhode Island associate professor, is developing and studying using home-based intervention to improve the diet quality of preschool children, especially those in low-income and ethnically diverse families, according to a January 7, 2019 article in the Providence Business News. Phase I, happening now, is developing the intervention methods and materials with parents. In the second phase, starting in June 2019, they will test the preliminary efficacy of the intervention on improving children’s diet quality.

Rhode Island Congressman David N. Cicilline was one of nine members of Congress who toured the last New Mexico Border Patrol facility that housed Felipe Gomez Alonso, 8, before he died of the flu on Christmas Eve, according to a January 7, 2019 Providence Journal article. Cicilline was part of a Congressional Hispanic Caucus trip, to investigate the death of the Guatemalan boy. Cicilline called the crisis at the border a “humanitarian” one rather than a “national security” one. You can see video of the news conference here.

Here is an interesting article about college endowments by Scott Blake of the Providence Business News. The January 4, 2019, story includes information about the endowments of local colleges and universities.

Following local company Hasbro’s model, Mattel is making a live-action Barbie movie, according to a January 8, 2019 article in the Providence Business News.

A classroom behavioral specialist at a private school in Portsmouth has been charged with indecent solicitation of a child on the internet and possession of heroin with intent to deliver, according to a January 8, 2019 Providence Journal article.

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