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2019 AISL PI Meeting Poster: Child Trends News Service: Advancing Social Science Knowledge to Benefit Hispanic Families

February 11, 2019 | Media and Technology

The Child Trends News Service (CTNS) was created to report on new research about child development, and broaden the public’s access to information that can inform their parenting decisions. CTNS features this new research and research-based parenting practices in video news reports in both English and Spanish. While CTNS reporting is relevant to all parents, it also focuses on issues of specific interest to Latino parents regarding their children—the fastest-growing group of children in the United States.

CTNS is a collaboration between the Child Trends Hispanic Institute, a Child Trends initiative, and Ivanhoe Broadcast News, a syndicated news company. Child Trends received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support this work.

The Child Trends Hispanic Institute leads the scientific editorial process. The Institute identifies the latest child development research, and vets story ideas and the scientific content of all news reports with researchers.

Ivanhoe Broadcast News produces the news reports in video form and syndicates them to TV stations and other news outlets throughout the country. Their role includes reviewing story ideas for news worthiness, conducting interviews for video segments, and editing the news reports.

An advisory panel of experts contributes to CTNS in various capacities. The panel includes experts in child development, children and technology, dual language learners, and communications science. The panel also includes practitioners who provide services to families and children, news professionals, and a pediatric surgeon.


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    Principal Investigator
    Child Trends
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    Project Manager
    Child Trends
  • Tina Plaza-Whoriskey
    Child Trends
  • Citation


    Funding Program: AISL
    Award Number: 1811007
    Funding Amount: $1,242,371
    Resource Type: Reference Materials
    Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
    Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Pre-K Children (0-5) | Families | Parents/Caregivers | Museum/ISE Professionals
    Environment Type: Media and Technology | Broadcast Media
    Access and Inclusion: Ethnic/Racial | Hispanic/Latinx Communities | English Language Learners | Low Socioeconomic Status

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