Tag Children & families

A video game can change the brain, may improve empathy in middle schoolers

In the experimental game, a robot crash lands on an alien planet. In order to rebuild the spaceship, players must, as the robot, build rapport with the aliens by deciphering their emotions.

Kids with easy access to firearms are more likely to be depressed

Easy access to a gun at home is bad for a child’s mental health, particularly for girls, according to a new examination of a study of American schoolchildren from the 1990s.

Training social work students to serve Wisconsin families

The School of Social Work’s Public Welfare Training Program prepares students to join the ranks of professionals who assist and advocate for children and families throughout the state.

New Faculty Focus: Pajarita Charles

Professor Pajarita Charles' work is concentrated on supporting healthy child development among children of formerly incarcerated fathers. 

New Faculty Focus: Margaret Kerr

Professor Margaret Kerr believes it's important to better understand the factors that impact parents’ experiences and to develop interventions focused on helping people become better and happier parents.

Eagle’s Wing Child Care celebrates 25 years, says farewell to director

Eagle’s Wing Child Care is marking 25 years since it started, and director Debb Schaubs is retiring with plenty of fond memories.

First Prenatal-to-Five Summit emphasizes collaboration and starting early to help kids

More than 300 people gathered June 2 at UW–Madison’s Gordon Commons for Wisconsin’s first statewide Prenatal-to-Five Summit.

Professor follows students from first grade through high school in new book

After two decades of research, Catherine Compton-Lilly’s latest book documenting the literacy practices and school experiences of a group of low-income, inner-city students and their families is now available.

Important new insights into the influence of poverty on child maltreatment

A new set of studies published this week and edited by researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is the first to try to get at the causal mechanisms behind the economic factors that are strongly associated with child maltreatment.

Odyssey Project wins $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Odyssey Project has received a $100,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to help expand Odyssey Junior.

OCCFR helps UW–Madison students with dependent children

Sagashus Levingston has spent the last 10 years working towards a master’s degree in African American Studies and a Ph.D. in English Literature. And she’s done all this while raising six kids.

Conference on child sexual abuse addresses growing problem of abusive images

MADISON — There’s a new threat to children called “sextortion,” a byproduct of the digital age. Child protection workers will learn to manage this growing problem at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Conference on Child Sexual Abuse, Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 at Madison Marriott West in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Read On Wisconsin sponsors school visits by author Jacqueline Briggs Martin

The statewide, online literacy program is aimed at pre-K through high school students, promoting high-quality books throughout the year.

Researchers track critical development in the young brain

The study is an important first step toward understanding a vital stage of early human development.

Cultivate Health initiative helps the school garden movement grow

Educational garden programs improve not just the health and well-being of children, but the choices they make regarding fruits and vegetables.