Building Block 1

Development Stages of Parenting and Family Life
 Building Block 1: Working with Families with Infants & Toddlers
Items in the Research Summary
  • Current statistics tell us that today more babies are born to unmarried women (about 1/3 of all births) but that the birth rate by teenagers has slowed considerably. Couples are marrying later and having fewer children than in previous generations. [Go directly to this item.] 
  • Exciting new research on infant brain development has provided FLEs with new information to share with parents. The recent nature of the research means that keeping current is a challenge, especially since many traditional texts do not reflect the new knowledge. [Go directly to this item.] 
  • The explosion in brain research is tied to the technology revolution of the past two decades. The research tools include PET. [Go directly to this item.] 
  • Brain research has helped document children's optimum learning times. One example is children's "prime" time to learn multiple languages. [Go directly to this item.] 
  • While brain research gives FLEs new information to share, most parenting professionals continue to draw on established fields of study, also. Classic research by Thomas and Chess informs the topic of temperament traits. [Go directly to this item.] 
  • Just as we draw from classic literature, we also utilize recent research findings on the implications of temperament. [Go directly to this item.]