Did April showers bring you May flowers? There’s certainly a ton of work springing to life around early learning communities, so let’s get right to it:
- Shameless self-promo: We’ve got your weekend binge-watch, in case you haven’t already — check out our ELN Studio interviews from the 2019 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Fantastic conversations with leaders, researchers and advocates who are tackling the challenges of early learning in brilliant ways. Don’t miss Ellen Galinsky, Wes Moore, Phil Fisher and so many more!
- We LOVED this Washington Post op-ed by a kindergarten teacher who’s fed up with the direction of many early education programs. “Thanks to hundreds of child psychologists, researchers and experts, we have always known what makes a kindergartner flourish,” she says. Then she provides a brilliant roadmap for play-based learning.
- The first study in the US to assess the impact of poverty reduction on infant and toddlers’ cognitive, emotional and brain development has begun, and journalist Tom Kertscher got the inside scoop for us.
- Milwaukee Art Museum busted up three myths concerning little kids and museums, and our hearts burst. Also out front: the role that museums play in validating children’s identities, from the Smithsonian.
- When a kindergarten teacher in Billings, Montana saw how behind the students in her class from poorer neighborhoods were in critical early learning skills and social needs, she started her own volunteer-based “preschool-lite” program.
- An interview with neuroscientist Mariale Hardiman in EdSurge hits our sweet spot of research, cognitive science, learning and ART. 😍😍😍
- And finally, a huge congrats to Professor Jack P. Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, has been awarded the LEGO Prize from the Lego Foundation for his work to revolutionize the field of early child development. 👏👏👏