Science Fact

The Brain and Poverty

  1. Several studies have now uncovered a link between socioeconomic status and brain development.
  2. On average, children from lower-income families appear to have a thinner cortex in early childhood than their peers from more affluent homes.
  3. Although the best strategy for mitigating the effects of early deprivation is prevention—in this case, tackling child poverty at a societal level.
  4. The longer we wait to get started, the more intensive the effort we may need to counteract the effects of early adversity.
Source: Gabrieli, J. D., & Bunge, S. A. (2017, January). The Stamp of Poverty. Scientific American Mind, 54-61.

Washington State 2019 Fatherhood Summit

Fathers, Agency Providers, and community members join the Washington State Interagency Fatherhood Council at The Fatherhood Summit. The Summit will focus on the theme of “Fatherhood Voices Inform Health Transformation Opportunities.” The keynote address, “A Focus on Fathers in Primary Care Pediatrics,” will be presented by Craig Garfield, MD. Dr. Garfield is a professor at Northwestern University in the Feinberg School of Medicine, Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Social Sciences.  We want to elevate fathers voices as we seek action points to move social change forward.

Date: 
Friday, August 9, 2019 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Washington Frontiers of Innovation

Washington Frontiers of Innovation (WA FOI) is a partnership established in 2011 between The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and Washington State stakeholders.  WA FOI develops, tests, and refines program level and system and policy level science-based portfolios of activities targeting improved outcomes for at risk and vulnerable children, youth and families.  Our aim is to re-envision early childhood investment to stimulate creativity and support experimentation in order to produce significant, population-level change.

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Washington State’s Frontiers of Innovation partnership with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has been a catalyst in helping us use early brain science in transforming state policy to improve outcomes for vulnerable families with young children. Dr. Shonkoff’s leadership and compelling voice around emerging science challenges us to do the right thing for the next generation.

-- Washington State Representative Ruth Kagi, 32nd Legislative District