National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., Center on the Developing Child
This presentation provided a brief overview of the impact of early experience on brain development, focusing on what the brain needs to develop sturdy architecture, how toxic stress can lead to disrupted neural circuits, and why sensitive periods are important. Participants were invited to think about how we can move from building and sustaining state-of-the-art programs to craft a new era in early childhood policy driven by three core features: (1) science-based evidence; (2) bipartisanship; and (3) public-private partnerships.