A new report published by Nobel-winning economist, James Heckman, confirms and extends his earlier research into the value of birth to five care and education. Many news outlets carried articles about his findings. We recommend these:

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/12/12/504867570/how-investing-in-preschool-beats-the-stock-market-hands-down

If you would like to know more about the Abecedarian Project in Chapel Hill, NC or the Perry Preschool Project in Michigan, this Planet Money podcast from 2012 gives a summary of both programs and the lasting effects of these longitudinal studies.

http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2012/10/19/163256866/episode-411-why-preschool-can-save-the-world

The December Issue of Baby Talk highlighted the new safe sleep recommendations for infants from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Baby Talk is a publication of the Franklin Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC. You can read the entire issue here:

http://fpg.unc.edu/resources/baby-talk-issue-67