Tag Children & families

COVID-19 canceled their variety show; students raised $341,000 for charity anyway

May 27, 2020

Members of the group Humorology say the coronavirus pandemic only heightened their fundraising resolve. Donations will benefit children who might otherwise go hungry.

Fun hands-on learning to do at home

April 14, 2020

Wisconsin 4-H chose the resources on this page with busy parents, caregivers, and families in mind. We know there’s a lot coming at you all at once, so we took some time to go through a lot of possible activities, resources, and information.

How to keep young children learning on the home front

March 20, 2020

UW–Madison educator and family engagement researcher Lorena Mancilla has some advice on how to create spaces and establish routines for learning and working effectively from home.

New Faculty Focus: Alvin Thomas

November 1, 2019

Thomas's work aims to improve the life chances of Black children and youth by drawing attention to risks that undermine their positive development, strengthening the Black family, encouraging father engagement, and challenging policies that undermine these families.

UW partnerships take 1st, 2nd in Alliance for the American Dream competition

June 28, 2019

LIFT Dane shared first place for its plan to help Dane County families who are weighed down by fixable civil legal problems and We Care for Dane Kids shared second place with its multi-pronged approach to transform the county's early childhood and after school care sectors.

Stressed parents rely on junk food for kids

May 2, 2019

“The higher their psychological distress, the less healthy food is available in the home and the more unhealthy the feeding practices are for their children,” says Myoungock Jang,

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

August 7, 2018

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

March 9, 2018

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

November 8, 2017

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

October 31, 2017

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

New Faculty Focus: Margaret Kerr

October 24, 2017

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

September 1, 2017

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

June 6, 2017

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

March 2, 2017

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

January 23, 2017

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.