From Neurons to Neighborhoods:: The Science of Early Childhood Development

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National Academies Press, Nov 13, 2000 - Social Science - 612 pages
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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 Development

User Review  - Tiffany - 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. Read full review

Review: From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development

User Review  - Chelsea - Goodreads

A must read for EVERYONE with kids Read full review

Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1
THE NATURE AND TASKS OF EARLY DEVELOPMENT
89
Communicating and Learning
124
Making Friends and Getting Along with Peers
163
The Developing Brain
182
THE CONTEXT FOR EARLY DEVELOPMENT
219
Nurturing Relationships
225
Family Resources
267
Neighborhood and Community
328
Promoting Healthy Development Through Intervention
337
Conclusions and Recommendations
383
References
417
APPENDIXES
535
B Defining and Estimating Causal Effects
545
Biographical Sketches
553
Index
561

Growing Up in Child Care
297

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