by Paul Tough
The New Yorker
In this New York Times article, the author talks about the importance of early childhood education. Here at Power of Two we know that this time is critical and help families encourage healthy growth in their children.
A wave of recent research in neuroscience explains why early childhood is so critical: That’s when the brain is developing most quickly. Children growing up in poverty face high levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which changes the architecture of the brain, compromising areas like the amygdala and hippocampus.
Responsive parenting in early childhood has lasting positive effects for children over many years. Rigorous studies of ABC show that, for families experiencing serious ongoing stress, the program effectively:
- increases parents’ sensitivity and responsiveness toward their children and
- creates powerful emotional, cognitive, and physical results for children in the key areas of development through age five.