News Research

Self-regulation intervention boosts school readiness of at-risk children, study shows

An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills is helping prepare at-risk children for kindergarten, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

HDFS Research

New CPHHS workshop helps teachers learn to optimize children’s early school success

To increase the odds for later-life success, CPHHS’ early childhood researchers have developed a workshop focused on the importance of children’s early self-regulation throughout childhood and into adulthood.

Alumni HDFS

Pioneering alumna blazes trail for future grads

Katherine Smith, a 1961 alumna from the college’s early days as a College of Home Economics, met with students and faculty at the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families in December to share her story and offer sage advice on navigating college and career life.

HDFS News Research

“Boys will be boys” in U.S., but not in Asia

A new study shows there is a gender gap when it comes to behavior and self-control in American young children – one that does not appear to exist in children in Asia.


Video: HDFS student studies ways to improve children’s school readiness

Playing games may be fun and exciting for young children – but researchers have found they also can be academically beneficial. Human Development and Family Studies PhD student Sara Schmitt is finding out just how much.

Public Health Research

Public health researchers team up on flame retardant study

Preventing house fires is important, especially in families with children – but there is growing evidence that flame retardant materials used broadly in furniture, electronics, and even toys, may create a new health threat.