What is The High Quality Early Learning Project?
The High Quality Early Learning Project conducts and communicates research about teaching that supports effective learning for young children and their families. Focusing on documentation of those who work with diverse groups of children in early childhood settings, the Project produces videos and professional development resources for teachers, teacher educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders in order to strengthen education in the early years.
What is high quality early learning?
A recent explosion of research from across many disciplines confirms the importance of the early childhood years in laying the foundation for life-long development. Neuroscience, in particular, offers evidence that demonstrates how the first years of life are critical for developing the architecture of the brain and children’s future capacities to learn. Neuroimaging techniques are now able to show that the brain actually grows through activity — that connections between the billions of neurons each human is born with are made as a result of experiences with materials and relationships. This research affirms what early childhood educators and developmental scientists have long known: (read more)