ERIC Number: ED446866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development.
Shonkoff, Jack P., Ed.; Phillips, Deborah A., Ed.
The Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development reviewed an extensive, multi-disciplinary, and complex body of research covering the period from before birth to entry into Kindergarten to generate an integrated science of early childhood development and the role of early experiences. The result of the committee's review, this book synthesizes the literature, elaborates on a number of core concepts of development, and offers recommendations for policy and practice. The committee's conclusions and recommendations are grounded in four overarching themes: (1) all children are born wired for feelings and ready to learn; (2) early environments matter, and nurturing relationships are essential; (3) society is changing, and the needs of young children are not being addressed; and (4) interactions among early childhood science, policy, and practice are problematic and demand dramatic rethinking. Following an executive summary, the book's chapters are as follows: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Rethinking Nature and Nurture"; (3) "The Challenge of Studying Culture"; (4) "Making Causal Connections"; (5) "Acquiring Self-Regulation"; (6) "Communicating and Learning"; (7) "Making Friends and Getting Along with Peers"; (8) "The Developing Brain"; (9) "Nurturing Relationships"; (10) "Family Resources"; (11) "Growing Up in Child Care"; (12) "Neighborhood and Community"; (13) "Promoting Healthy Development through Intervention"; and (14) "Conclusions and Recommendations." The book's four appendices include related reports from the National Academies, and discussion of technologies for studying the developing human brain. Contains 1,821 references. (HTH)
Descriptors: Brain, Change Strategies, Child Development, Childhood Needs, Cognitive Development, Cultural Influences, Early Childhood Education, Early Experience, Emotional Development, Infants, Nature Nurture Controversy, Neurology, Preschool Children, State of the Art Reviews, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.; Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS), Atlanta, GA.; National Inst. of Nursing Research (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.; Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.; Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Board on Children and Families.; Institute of Medicine (NAS), Washington, DC.
IES Cited: ED493281