Center on the Developing Child

Helping Children to Fly

This article from Prevention Action, an online news publication focusing on innovation and effectiveness among child development programs, provides a summary of the Center’s 11th working paper, “Building the Brain’s ‘Air Traffic Control’ System: How Early Experiences Shape the Development of Executive Function.” As quoted from Working Paper 11, a joint publication of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs, executive function skills are “crucial building blocks for the early development of both cognitive and social capacities.” The article, written by Leslie Sinclair, considers how these latest developments in neuroscience may be harnessed by policymakers.

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