Early Childhood Fact Sheets
Fact Sheets on Early Childhood Brain Development:
Core Concepts in the Science of Early Childhood Development : Explains key concepts in brain development in Flip Chart Format.
InBrief: The Science of Early Childhood Development : Addresses basic concepts of early childhood development.
Early Experiences Shape the Brain : Provides four numbers to remember about early childhood.
Connecting Neurons, Concepts and People : Summarizes what is known about early brain development and corrects common misunderstandings.
Fact Sheets on Trauma and Brain Development:
Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development, Child Welfare Information Gateway. November 2009.
Burgess Chamberlain, Linda. The Amazing Brain: Trauma and the Potential for Healing”, 2008.
Perry, B.D. Traumatized children: How childhood trauma influences brain development. In: The Journal of the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill 11:1, 48-51, 2000
InBrief: The Impact of Early Adversity on Children's Development, outlines basic concepts from the research on the biology of stress which show that major adversity can weaken developing brain architecture and permanently set the body's stress response system on high alert.
Working Paper #3, Excessive Stress Disrupts the Architecture of the Developing Brain, New research suggests that exceptionally stressful experiences early in life may have long-term consequences for a child's learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health. Some types of “positive stress” in a child's life—overcoming the challenges and frustrations of learning a new, difficult task, for instance—can be beneficial.