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.

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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.

LI2 Fall Event

Please Join Us October 18th for the second full day “learn and do” session to learn tools that can help communities’ better tell their data story to policy leaders!

The National Consulting and Technical Assistance Team from Mathematica will return to do a brief overview of the Learn, Innovate, Improve LI2 (link to brief) with a deep dive into the Improve Phase. Your community will have a chance to build a pilot around something you are already planning to do around families with high stress. We will have state agency voices in the room to co-generate ideas so that local plans benefit from state policy opportunity.

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Perhaps most important is the unequivocal conclusion that what happens during the first months and years of life absolutely does matter.

-- From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development