Topics: Schools

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Confronting Adverse Childhood Experiences to Improve Rural Kids’ Lifelong Health

Buncombe County classroom "Calm Spot"


Studies show that the more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) one has, the higher the risk of chronic health conditions, anxiety disorders, low life potential, and even early death. A sense of urgency for early intervention spurred one western North Carolina school district and a Native American tribe in Wisconsin to act. Read more about how their programs confront ACEs and build resiliency to overcome them.

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September 20, 2017

Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child through CATCH

CATCH student Brianna Hale with CATCH character


Across the nation, 11,000 sites are using The Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH), the most widespread coordinated school health program in the world. This article focuses on one Illinois region that has engaged 76% of their elementary schools in healthy eating and physical activity through CATCH.

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April 13, 2016

Afternoons ROCK for Indiana Teenagers

Afternoons ROCK after-school program


Instead of going home to empty homes in the afternoons, many Indiana students are learning life skills while having fun.

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August 17, 2011

School-based Programs Help Children Shape Up

Gadsden Elementary School Garden


Schools are working nutrition education and increased physical activity into their curriculums to combat the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.

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February 22, 2011

A Head Start for Rural Kids

Head Start Center in Virginia


The Head Start program has effects on disadvantaged children from low-income families, particularly in rural areas where Head Start may be the only preschool experience available for many children.

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March 2, 2007

Rural Kindergartners Found to Be Disadvantaged

Research done by the National Center for Rural Early Childhood Learning Initiatives is discussed, particularly research projects analyzing data about rural young children.

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March 2, 2007