{repost} Science into practice in Early Childhood Education

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Originally posted ChildCareExchange

Joan Lombardi recommended the Lancet article, “Putting Science into Practice for Early Childhood Development,” for all World Forum Foundation Global Leaders for Young Children.  Here is an excerpt:

“We already know that the brain develops most rapidly in the first few years of a child’s life.  During these critical years, neuroplasticity is at a peak — neurons form new connections at the astounding rate of up to 1,000 per second.  These synaptic connections are the foundation of a child’s physical and mental health, affecting everything from longevity to the lifelong capacity to learn, from the ability to adapt to change to the capacity for resilience.

“…If children fail to get what they need — enough nutrition, nurturing, stimulation and a sense of security — during the most critical years of early childhood, the impact on their lives and futures is enormous.  For example, inadequate nutrition in the early years of childhood can result in stunting, which can cause diminished physical and cognitive development that undermine a child’s ability to learn and earn later in life….”

Read the entire article here!

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