Brain Development

New Research Shows Significantly More Neural Connections Formed During Early Years Than Previously Thought -

The early years matter. In fact, just last week the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child released new research showing that significantly more neural connections are made in the brain during the early years of life than previously thought. The Center’s Dr. Jack Shonkoff and his team had previously found that the brain makes 700-1000 new neural connections per second in the first few years of life. However, the … Read More

Fed Chair Janet Yellen Says Early Childhood Education Is Key to Ending Generational Cycle of Poverty -

A new study released by the Federal Reserve shows that children who grew up in poverty are two times as likely to struggle financially later in life. Fed Chair Janet Yellen spoke to a conference on community development today, where she says that providing children with the opportunity to learn important skills earlier is essential to ending this generational cycle of poverty. “This research underscores the value of starting young … Read More

Secretary Colin Powell: We Need Preschool, We Need Head Start -

Colin Powell is an iconic American statesman who has served Democratic and Republican administrations in the highest military and diplomatic posts. The history-making former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State also knows that a child’s education begins long before he or she sets foot inside a kindergarten classroom. In a 2012 TED Talk, Secretary Powell makes the case for the need to support young children … Read More

Heckman on Quality Early Childhood Education: There Is No “Fadeout,” Only Lasting Benefits -

An abridged version of the following letter to the editor of the Washington Post was published February 24, 2017. The letter can also be found on The Heckman Equation website.    By: James J. Heckman A new study, Persistence and Fadeout in the Impacts of Child and Adolescent Interventions, was featured in a Washington Post analysis on January 17, 2017, making the claim that … Read More

New Study Shows that High-Quality Early Education Benefits Low-Income Infants and Toddlers -

A new study published in Child Development found that the high-quality, center-based early childhood education offered at Educare has a positive impact on the development of financially low-income infants and toddlers. The study found that Educare children after one year of enrollment, at approximately age 2, had significantly higher English language skills, fewer parent reports of problem behaviors and more positive parent-child interactions than children who did not attend Educare. Read More