Language, Behavior, and the Brain: Designing Effective Early Learning Environments and Experiences

Leaders, practitioners, and caregivers across the mixed-delivery system, in both informal and formal programs, are working every day to improve the quality of children’s experiences and learning environments. At the same time, the science of early language, behavioral, and brain development has expanded dramatically in the last decade, and there is much to be gleaned from it for greater impact.

What can the science of early learning tell us about the experiences that will be vital to children’s growth and well-being as we emerge from this pandemic? How can key findings from research on children’s language and brain development help us support children and adults, as they return to early learning programs or engage with learning environments in new ways?

Program Objectives:

  • Explore the latest science of early language, behavioral, and brain development
  • Learn how early experiences shape brain architecture and influence later outcomes – including how these occurrences contribute to the opportunity gap
  • Discover effective responses to key findings from research on children’s language and behavioral development and learn how to incorporate these responses consistently into educational practice
  • Explore tools to assist with priority setting, and first steps for the design of early learning experiences that will enhance children’s growth and development across domains