To help young children, focus on parents before Pre-K

On Monday the New York Times published an article titled Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K based on the recent Developmental Science publication by Anne Fernald at Stanford University. The headline should be: Language-Gap Study Bolsters Push for Early Parent Support. As Fernald’s research shows, for low-income children in language-poor home environments high quality pre-K is not prevention; it is remediation. Early ... Read More »

The Parenting Gap is Gaping and Growing

The Parenting Gap is Gaping and Growing

Parenting quality explains 40 percent of the cognitive gap between children at age four — more than any other factor. This is the fulcrum of education, inequity and flourishing society. The degree to which a community acknowledges and addresses this dynamic will be the measure of success in measurable strides toward flourishing. Closing the Parenting Gap In Can Smart Economics Turn Us Into ... Read More »

Parenting in Community: You need other parents

“If, as a parent, you feel as though you can’t do it alone, that’s because you were never meant to.” In Baby Brain Rules, developmental molecular biologist John Medina argues for the power of parenting in communities – for children, parents, and their communities. What are some of those benefits? You need wisdom from other parents. Emily, a mother of ... Read More »

Family harms or aids social mobility

Family harms or aids social mobility

“The dissolution of the black family may do more harm to black mobility than any other single factor.” This is the conclusion of The Economist, surveying the changes that have happened in the 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a dream speech.” Perhaps the most famous words of a speech in the twentieth century come ... Read More »

Where’s all the content?!

Where’s all the content?!

One of the perks of being a full-time dad is that I don’t sit in front of a computer all day. So you won’t be bombarded with posts! You can expect to see a new post on the power of early parenting once a week (and sometimes more). You can subscribe by email or RSS. But that doesn’t mean I ... Read More »

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