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Apr 23, 2020

While Kansans remain under stay-at-home orders, schools are closed and many families have breadwinners who are considered essential workers who still have to head out to a job site. Still others are now working remotely and need time to focus on their work. In these situations, families with more than one child are now relying on one of them to help take care of their siblings so parents can work. To help these families, K-State Research and Extension child development experts have put together a number of resources called “Suddenly in Charge.” These resources and e-newsletter are designed to help teens and tweens with their roles in taking care of younger children.

Guest for this episode:

Dr. Bradford Wiles’ program of research focuses on building resilience and health in vulnerable families. Specifically, he uses a collaborative model of applied developmental research and outreach, focusing his efforts on providing rural, low-income, ethnically and racially diverse families with young children with the knowledge, skills, and decision-making strategies to make a difference in their lives. His vision is to reach all families with young children and assist them in applying research-based practices in the domains of, early childhood brain development, emergent literacy, physical health and activity, and smart phone and tablet screen time. In addition, his efforts also focus on providing vulnerable families to access to healthcare and quality, affordable child care. 

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The Extension Files is a product of K-State Research and Extension, which is Kansas State University’s outreach and education system. We have an office in every one of Kansas’ 105 counties.

The goal for K-State Research and Extension is to be everyday Kansans’ trusted source for relevant, unbiased research and information to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future.

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  • finances
  • health in all stages of life
  • gardening
  • landscaping
  • … and much more

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