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Suner, Janet; Nakamura, Sharon; Caulfield, Rick – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2003
Proposes a conceptual framework based on an ecological model for helping teenagers once they become parents. Discusses three social service programs for pregnant teens, including prevention and intervention programs and shelters, and proposes an alternative program that provides a home environment in cases in which parents no longer support…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Change Strategies, Early Parenthood, Family Environment
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Caulfield, Rick – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2002
Examines the process of language acquisition as well as scientists' understanding of the intricate process of learning to talk. Specifically addresses: (1) foundations of language; (2) prenatal period; (3) first month after birth; and (4) conversation. Also discusses adult-child activities that stimulate language-learning. (SD)
Descriptors: Child Language, Developmental Stages, Infants, Language Acquisition
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Caulfield, Rick; Kataoka-Yahiro, Merle – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2001
Child care professionals in Hawaii were surveyed to assess health training needs. Respondents reported a high degree of comfort in managing common health conditions. The most commonly requested health services involved speech/language testing and vision/hearing screening. The most requested health/safety workshop topic was behavioral problems. The…
Descriptors: Caregiver Attitudes, Caregiver Training, Child Caregivers, Child Health
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Ueda, Dawn; Caulfield, Rick – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2001
Discusses the role of the Child Life Specialist in helping to meet the special needs of medically fragile children. Argues that since many child care professionals may come into contact with medically fragile children at some point in their careers, it is important to examine child life as a specialization in the health care profession. (SD)
Descriptors: Caregiver Role, Child Development, Child Health, Chronic Illness
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Caulfield, Rick – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2000
Examines current research on brain development, focusing on infants' ability to understand basic numerical concepts and arithmetic operations. Asserts that as the brain undergoes dramatic transformations, it already has a built-in capacity to understand basic numerical concepts. Recommends that parents and professionals engage in activities…
Descriptors: Brain, Cognitive Development, Computation, Concept Formation
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Caulfield, Rick – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2000
Reviews selected research on the beneficial effects of tactile stimulation on infants. Examines the results of studies with animals, preterm infants, cocaine- and HIV-exposed preterm infants, and normal full-term infants. Briefly discusses caregiving implications and offers suggestions on how caregivers can incorporate tactile stimulation in…
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Child Caregivers, Child Development, Early Childhood Education
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Caulfield, Rick – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Notes that caregivers need to create an atmosphere that reflects their experiences with children and knowledge of child development. A productive partnership with families improves the quality of care through shared commitment and positive outcomes. Suggests ways caregivers can develop a productive partnership with families, including newsletters,…
Descriptors: Caregiver Child Relationship, Child Caregivers, Child Development, Family Involvement
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Thomson, Malia; Caulfield, Rick – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1998
First of a two-part series, examines effects of teen pregnancy and parenthood on adolescents and their children, and describes exemplary program to keep teen parents in high school until graduation. Discusses how to address the issue of teenage pregnancy, how to effectively help teen parents, the importance of teaching teenagers personal…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Rearing, Community Role, Dropout Prevention
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Caulfield, Rick – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Reviews current research on infant and toddler physical development, cognitive development, and language acquisition. Provides a list of suggested activities, safety concerns, and opportunities for caregivers to enhance child development. (SD)
Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Caregiver Role, Child Caregivers, Child Development
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Caulfield, Rick; Wallach, Vicki – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1998
Reviews and discusses the basic dimensions of Bowlby's theory of infant attachment. Provides an overview of the basic definitions and propositions of his theory, in addition to the clinical applications of his theory to the field of early education and intervention with at-risk children and their families. (EV)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Attachment Behavior, Early Childhood Education, Infants
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Caulfield, Rick – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
The second of a four-part series on the development of infants and toddlers, this article reviews current research on social and emotional development during the first two years and provides a selected list of activities designed to promote infants' optimal development. Attachment behavior and affective behavior are two major topics explored. (EV)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Attachment Behavior, Developmental Stages, Emotional Development
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Caulfield, Rick – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1997
Last in four-part series on infant and toddler development, discusses professionalism in the context of required caregiving beliefs and practices in working with infants and toddlers. Presents four "common threads" of professionalism that transcend level of education and experience--specialized knowledge of children's development,…
Descriptors: Caregiver Training, Child Care Occupations, Child Caregivers, Day Care
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Caulfield, Rick – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1999
Notes that outcomes of the "Mozart Effect" on early brain development are not thoroughly proven and presents challenges for future research. Points out that it is still unknown at what age exposure to musical concepts should begin, and that parents should allow children to pursue musical interests at their own pace to avoid burnout at a…
Descriptors: Brain, Child Development, Music, Music Education
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Caulfield, Rick; Thomson, Malia – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1999
Second in a two-part series, this article reports the findings of a long-term study of teen parents after graduation from high school. The study examined marital status, financial status, educational aspirations, and parenting attitudes. Concludes that the factor most important to outcomes is to support and strengthen the families of parenting…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Births to Single Women, Demography, Early Parenthood
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Caulfield, Rick – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1999
Author of the landmark work "Baby and Child Care," Benjamin Spock changed how parents and indirectly professional caregivers raise children. Spock believed all infants are inherently good and discipline is mistakenly identified with punishment. He felt quality child care was essential to successful development and play for infants and…
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Child Development, Child Rearing, Day Care
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