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 dama ges developing brain architecture, which can lead to life-long problems in learning, behavior, and physical mental health.
I especially like to focus on “cognitive, emotional, and social capacities are intertwined throughout the life course” Think about your observations of young children. Have you noticed that you can’t have the cognitive without the social? Can you give an example? Can you make that visible in your room through photos and documentation?