ERIC Number: ED446832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Implications of Brain Development Research for Even Start Family Literacy Programs. Look at Even Start.
Logue, Mary Ellin
Even Start is a federally funded program addressing the literacy needs of children and parents by offering parenting education, early childhood education, parent and child together time, and adult education. Noting that recent research on brain development and learning prompts a reexamination of beliefs and practices related to child rearing, teaching, and learning, this article provides information on brain development research and explores the implications for Even Start programs. The article discusses how brain development occurs through an interplay between nature and nurture, and notes the importance of critical periods for particular types of learning. The article maintains that negative experiences and the absence of appropriate stimulation are more likely to have serious and sustained effects during infancy than at later ages. The article further notes that how children are cared for has a decisive, long-lasting impact on their development, ability to learn, and capacity to regulate their own emotions. The following implications for Even Start programs are identified: (1) use parenting education as the vehicle for strengthening parent-child attachment; (2) use parenting education as the vehicle for developing children's literacy skills; and (3) provide opportunities for staff training and development in order to provide and maintain high-quality services. The article concludes by noting that Even Start practitioners have a unique opportunity to have a positive effect on improving the literacy, lives, and futures of many families. (KB)
Descriptors: Brain, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Family Literacy, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Program Improvement, Young Children
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Compensatory Education (ED), Washington, DC. Even Start Program.