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First day of kindergarten: A key transition

The first day of school is always a little nerve-racking, but the first day of kindergarten is particularly fraught. The kids are little bundles of energy, still learning how to zip their backpacks and print their names. MORE


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The Science of Early Childhood Development

Child development—particularly from birth to five years—is a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society.



7/21/2015 Working Brain Science Into Parents' Daily Routine. A new initiative from the Bezos Family Foundation seeks to make early learning part of everyday life for parents. MORE


5/19/2015 Poverty, family stress are thwarting student success, top teachers say. The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, accordi… MORE


1/16/2015 Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty. For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a… MORE


12/16/2014 This Is How Music Can Change Your Brain. Actively learning to play an instrument can help a child's academic achievement MORE


12/10/2014 “Going Forward Wisely” Speech by James Heckman. Heckman addressed policymakers, advocates, philanthropists, scholars and members of the media at the White House Summit on Early… MORE


6/24/2014 Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth. In between dispensing advice on breast-feeding and immunizations, doctors will tell parents to read aloud to their infants from … MORE




4/30/2015 InBrief: Resilience Series. The science of resilience can help us understand why some children do well despite serious adversity. MORE


4/10/2015 The healthy child: assembly required. Kathleen Gallagher talks about about the assembly required in order to build physically, emotionally, cognitively, and socially … MORE


10/30/2013 The Science of Early Childhood Development. Basic concepts of early childhood development, established over decades of neuroscience and behavioral research, helps illustrat… MORE


10/25/2013 How early childhood programs benefit the state. How does a state’s investment in early childhood programs pay off for citizens in that state? Tim Bartik explains how investing … MORE


10/2/2013 Why preschool matters. Why should I believe that early childhood programs work? There have been many studies researching the impact of early childhood … MORE


5/1/2013 The economic case for preschool. Timothy Bartik makes the macro-economic case for preschool education -- and explains why you should be happy to invest in it, ev… MORE


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