FromExchange Every Day (NAEYC newsletter)
“If you need a short, credible, to the point case for the importance of early childhood education to share with parents, funders, or other stakeholders, check out “The Science of Early Child Development,” a policy brief from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University. This brief shares five concepts that illustrate the importance of our work:
- Brains are built over time, from the bottom up.
- The interactive influences of genes and experience shape the developing brain.
- The brain’s capacity for change decreases with age.
- Cognitive, emotional, and social capacities are inextricably intertwined throughout the life course.
- Toxic stress damages developing brain architecture, which can lead to life-long problems in learning, behavior, and physical mental health.”