[kids-lib] What cutting edge neuroscience tells us about early childhood development

Katie Anderson katiea at wccls.org
Mon Sep 30 12:24:02 PDT 2019

I just read this article that was shared on ALA’s Association of Library Services to Children’s listserv and thought some of you might be interested.

Suskind, D. (2019, September 26). What cutting-edge neuroscience tells us about early childhood development<https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brown-center-chalkboard/2019/09/26/what-cutting-edge-neuroscience-tells-us-about-early-childhood-development/> [Web log post]. Retrieved from Brown Center Chalkboard.

Here are some key points I copied and pasted from the article:

·         the single most important component to brain development is the relationship between a baby and her caretaker, with parent language at the heart of that relationship. Parent language, it is important to note, refers not just to the words a parent speaks to a child, but also the quality of the parent-child interaction.

·         The linguistic serve-and-return in the baby-caretaker relationship is a key factor in learning. Its importance cannot be emphasized enough

·         [Two recent] studies found that the effect of conversational turns was greater than the effect of the number of words heard.

·         Parent language, understood this way, has been found to influence an individual’s ability to reach their fullest potential in math, spatial reasoning, and literacy, their ability to regulate their behavior, their reaction to stress, their perseverance, and even their moral fiber.

·         The period from birth to age three is especially critical to this process. Unlike any other organ, the brain is unfinished at birth and its development is dependent on two major factors: genetics and early experience, and their lifelong effects on one another.

·         We, as a society, must prioritize making the information available to all families.


From: alsc-l-request at lists.ala.org [mailto:alsc-l-request at lists.ala.org] On Behalf Of Betsy Diamant-Cohen
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Here's a wonderful article by Dr. Dana Suskind, published in the Brookings Institute blog yesterday:


Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Executive Director, Mother Goose on the Loose, LLC
Author, Mother Goose on the Loose, Updated<https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/mother-goose-loose-updated> (ALA, 2019)
Author, Mother Goose on the Loose: Here, There, and Everywhere!<https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/mother-goose-loose%E2%80%94here-there-and-everywhere> (ALA, 2019)
Winner of the 2018 Alexandre Vattemare Award for Creativity in Libraries

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