The MetroWest Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a 10-year initiative of the Massachusetts-based MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation to better understand and address the health needs of adolescents in the region.
Surveys are conducted biannually with middle and high school students and focus on issues such as:
Leading causes of morbidity and mortality among adolescents
TEACH-VIP is a comprehensive violence and injury prevention and control curriculum, developed by the World Health Organization and a global network of experts, covering a wide range of topics, designed to be delivered as face-to-face training. To make this curriculum more widely available, EDC created an instructional design approach for conversion of the face-to-face exercises and materials into an electronic, self-paced format with interactive lessons for the World Wide Web and CD-ROM.
This project is developing two products for the National Institute for Literacy. The products will be used by schools and other organizations and groups to engage parents with low literacy skills in supporting their children’s (kindergarten through third grade) literacy development through fun, at-home activities. The products include a facilitators manual and parent activity guide. EDC project stasff are working with national literacy experts on the development of the products.
When parents are involved in their children’s schooling, they can significantly increase students’ chances of graduating from high school and going on to college. Parent involvement is particularly important when a student would be the first in the family to enroll in college, and when poverty is a barrier.
Health and Human Development Programs’ (HHD) Southeast Asia Initiative has developed a new education project for youth in four Thai ‘sea gypsy’ communities the village hardest hit by the tsunami. Funding from Deutsche Bank will permit HHD to offer life skills, vocational training, market research, and formal education assistance.
EDC is part of a team that
developed a regional
framework that will allow
education officers, teacher
educators, and teachers to review, develop, and strengthen
national Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) curricula
and curriculum guides throughout the Caribbean.
When a woman is convicted of a crime and
sent to prison, family life can fall apart. To
support children as they live through the
trauma of a mother’s imprisonment, EDC
is working with the Massachusetts-based
Aid to Incarcerated Mothers (AIM) to
provide children with an adult mentor.
With training from EDC and AIM staff, the
mentors help children, ages 4–14, build
their sense of self-confidence and stability,
strengthen their academic skills, and
maintain family relationships.
Arranging affordable, quality child
care is essential, but very difficult, for most migrant families. “The
challenges migrant families face are very complex,” explains EDC’s
Sheila Skiffington. “There are language barriers, 9–5 office
hours when applying for care, transportation problems, complicated forms
to fill out, and fear of government institutions.”
Is it bad for parents to talk "baby talk" to their babies? How can you tell if a first grader is behind in reading? Is it normal for a child to talk to herself? Is it okay to read the same books every night? Parents with these and other questions about a child’s reading and writing can now "Ask the Expert" by logging on to the PBS Parents Web site.