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Early Childhood Development Research Papers

Casa de Mateo wants to share with parents and community important early education research papers related to child care, preschool, bilingualism, nutrition, diversity, health and culture. 

Title: The Life-Cycle Benefits of an influential Early Childhood Program

Author: Jame Heckman, Nobel Laureate, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and Director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development


Abstract: "Every dollar spent on high quality, birth-to-five programs for disadvantaged children delivers a 13% per annum return on investment. Child poverty is growing in the United States; investing in comprehensive birth-to-five early childhood education is a powerful and cost-effective way to mitigate its negative consequences on child development and adult opportunity. The cost of inaction is a tragic loss of human and economic potential that we cannot afford".

Title: 6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education

Author: Anya Kamenetz, NPR's Lead Education Blogger


Abstract: "Again and again, researchers have found, "bilingualism is an experience that shapes our brain for a lifetime. People who speak two languages often outperform monolinguals on general measures of executive function.  In studies covering six states and 37 districts, they have found that, compared with students in English-only classrooms or in one-way immersion, dual-language students have somewhat higher test scores and also seem to be happier in school. Attendance is better, behavioral problems fewer, parent involvement higher". The six potential benefits are: 1) attention 2) empathy, 3) reading, 4) school performance and engagement, 5) diversity and integration, and 6) Protection against cognitive decline and dementia.

Title: The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children

Author: Michael Yogman, Andrew Garner, Jeffrey Hutchinson, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, et al.


Abstract: "Children need to develop a variety of skill sets to optimize their development and manage toxic stress. Research demonstrates that developmentally appropriate play with parents and peers is a singular opportunity to promote the social-emotional, cognitive, language, and self-regulation skills that build executive function and a prosocial brain. Furthermore, play supports the formation of the safe, stable, and nurturing relationships with all caregivers that children need to thrive. Play is not frivolous: it enhances brain structure and function and promotes executive function (ie, the process of learning, rather than the content), which allow us to pursue goals and ignore distractions".

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