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From Neurons to Neighborhoods : The Science of Early Childhood Development

From Neurons to Neighborhoods : The Science of Early Childhood Development
Author: Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Chil
ISBN 13: 9780309069885
ISBN 10: 309069882
Edition: 1
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publication Date: 2000-11-13
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 612
List Price: $64.95

How we raise young children is one of today's most highly personalized and sharply politicized issues, in part because each of us can claim some level of "expertise." The debate has intensified as discoveries about our development-in the womb and in the first months and years-have reached the popular media.

How can we use our burgeoning knowledge to assure the well-being of all young children, for their own sake as well as for the sake of our nation? Drawing from new findings, this book presents important conclusions about nature-versus-nurture, the impact of being born into a working family, the effect of politics on programs for children, the costs and benefits of intervention, and other issues.

The committee issues a series of challenges to decision makers regarding the quality of child care, issues of racial and ethnic diversity, the integration of children's cognitive and emotional development, and more.

Authoritative yet accessible, From Neurons to Neighborhoods presents the evidence about "brain wiring" and how kids learn to speak, think, and regulate their behavior. It examines the effect of the climate-family, child care, community-within which the child grows.


Psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatricians, and other experts in child development reviewed research from numerous disciplines covering the period from before birth until the first day of kindergarten. Their study includes efforts to understand how early experiences effect neurological, social, and cultural aspects of development. It considers both the typical trajectories of early childhood and the atypical developmental pathways that characterize the adaptability of disabled children. Economic, political, social, and ethical issues are emphasized. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)