Childhood Poverty May Leave Its Mark

February 23, 2010

Publication: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Featured Expert: Jack P. Shonkoff


This article discusses research presented at the 2010 annual American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting showing that the earliest years of life are critical for determining future adult earnings and that childhood poverty causes lasting changes in the brain. It features the comments of Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child; W. Thomas Boyce of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver; Katherine Magnuson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Greg Duncan of the University of California, Irvine. Shonkoff, Duncan, and Boyce are members of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, and Shonkoff, Duncan, and Magnuson are members of the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs. The article was written by Jessica Marshall of Discovery News.

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