Early Learning: Science for Policy Makers

Friday, February 26, 2010 - 11:30am

The podcast of our February 26 seminar "Early Learning: Science for Policy Makers," is now available. The speakers are Alison Gopnik, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental Psychology, UC Berkeley, and Bruce Fuller, Ph.D., Professor of Education, UC Berkeley.

Lifting early school achievement depends on the quality of early learning environments—but what do we know about these environments that most effectively stimulate young children’s growth? How can we enrich children’s daily activities? Leading scientists discuss key findings on quality, including play, close interactions with caregivers, and exploration—all which have been shown to have lasting effects on children’s development. President Obama’s new budget includes $9.2 billion in state challenge grants to elevate preschool quality, and rising Title I dollars allow school districts to address preschool quality. UC Berkeley researchers discuss recent empirical findings and clarify the implications for these new funds and early education policy in California.

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