The Science of Early Childhood Development
"The healthy development of young children in the early years of life literally does provide a foundation for just about all of the challenging social problems that our society and other societies face," says Jack P. Shonkoff, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University looks at the brain science behind early childhood development.
"When we talk about preparing children to succeed in school, we cannot separate cognitive development from social and emotional development. You can't have one without the other," says Shonkoff. He goes on to explain how a young child's brain is shaped by his experiences, and how interactions with adults, both positive and negative, affect the development of a child's brain. Learn more with ASCD Express.