From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development
Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, Institute of Medicine, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
National Academies Press, Nov 6, 2000 - Social Science - 573 pages
How we raise young children is one of today's most highly personalized and sharply politicized issues, in part because each of us can claim some level of "expertise." The debate has intensified as discoveries about our development-in the womb and in the first months and years-have reached the popular media.
How can we use our burgeoning knowledge to assure the well-being of all young children, for their own sake as well as for the sake of our nation? Drawing from new findings, this book presents important conclusions about nature-versus-nurture, the impact of being born into a working family, the effect of politics on programs for children, the costs and benefits of intervention, and other issues.
The committee issues a series of challenges to decision makers regarding the quality of child care, issues of racial and ethnic diversity, the integration of children's cognitive and emotional development, and more.
Authoritative yet accessible, From Neurons to Neighborhoods presents the evidence about "brain wiring" and how kids learn to speak, think, and regulate their behavior. It examines the effect of the climate-family, child care, community-within which the child grows.
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Review: From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood DevelopmentUser Review - Goodreads
The writing style is extremely scientific and technical. Not exactly a page turner, but I enjoy reading abiut brains and development, so I liked. Sheds some important light on policies that affect early childhood.
Review: From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood DevelopmentUser Review - Amy - Goodreads
This is definitely a dense text, not intended for the casual or lay reader with an interest in child development, but definitely worth reading for professionals and stake holders in early childhood ... Read full review
I Setting the Stage
2 Rethinking Nature and Nurture
3 The Challenge of Studying Culture
4 Making Causal Connections
II The Nature and Tasks of Early Development
5 Acquiring SelfRegulation
10 Family Resources
11 Growing Up in Child Care
12 Neighborhood and Community
13 Promoting Healthy Development Through Intervention
IV Knowledge into Action
14 Conclusions and Recommendations
A Related Reports from the National Academies
6 Communicating and Learning
7 Making Friends and Getting Along with Peers
8 The Developing Brain
III The Context for Early Development
9 Nurturing Relationships