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Dads play a key role in child development

Often depicted as being bumbling goofballs or out-of-touch with their families in pop culture, dads actually play a surprisingly important role in the child development from birth through fifth grade, according to new research coming out of Michigan State University.

In a pair of recently published studies, one appearing in the journal Early Childhood Research Quarterly and the other in Infant and Child Development, the MSU-led team found that fathers are far more involved in language development and cognitive growth than previously believed, and that programs such as Head Start would benefit from a “whole family” approach.

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