Media Coverage

The following are media coverage highlights from major U.S. and international media outlets of the Center or its affiliated faculty members, initiative members, or partners.

CommonHealth: "Expensive Problems: Researchers Say 'High Cost' Adults Can Be Predicted At Age 3"

This blog post and companion radio show explore a new study that suggests that brain health before age 3 may predict a person's cost to society around age 40. These costs included health expenses, such as hospital stays and drug prescriptions, as well as welfare benefits, insurance claims, and criminal court and prison costs. Center Director Jack Shonkoff is interviewed, stressing that children at high risk are not inevitably doomed and that by changing early experiences, we can change outcomes.
Published: Dec 12, 2016

Detroit Free Press: Special Report "Our Children: Searching for Solutions"

The Detroit Free Press presents a series of stories about growing up in the Motor City and the toll that poverty and violence take on children. The stories examine programs both around the country and in Detroit that might offer solutions to help combat toxic stress. The Center's materials are quoted throughout, as is a 2011 article by National Scientific Council on the Developing Child Science Co-Director Nathan Fox and Center Director Jack Shonkoff.
Published: Nov 20, 2016

The Atlantic: "Learning Through Play: Education does not stop when recess begins"

School recess is making something of a comeback, due in part to stronger science backing the importance of play to children's learning and development. Center Director Jack Shonkoff discusses the cognitive, physical, mental, and social-emotional benefits of play and how "recess" is inaptly named because it's an important component of school, not a distraction from it.
Published: Sep 13, 2016

Newsweek: "How Poverty Affects the Brain"

Growing research shows that poverty and the conditions that often accompany it--violence, excessive noise, chaos at home, pollution, malnutrition, abuse and parents without jobs--can affect the interactions, formation, and pruning of connections in the young brain. Center Director Jack Shonkoff was interviewed for this story and shared insight on how we can use this new knowledge to transform educational and social policies by focusing on helping parents and caregivers during the first five years of a child's life.
Published: Aug 25, 2016

STAT: "Pediatricians take on new role: Fighting the bigotry and violence that hurts kids"

This story was in response to the American Academy of Pediatrics' recent recommendations for pediatricians to confront violence in children's lives. The AAP is working to identify new approaches to the problem, including education, advocacy, and changes in clinical practice. Center Director Jack Shonkoff was interviewed for the story and shared insight on how toxic stress affects children's development.
Published: Jul 18, 2016

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