Foreword by: Sandra J. Stone
Publication Date: September 11, 2020
This practical resource explains brain development from prenatal to age 8 with suggestions for activities educators and caregivers can use to foster children’s cognitive growth. The authors begin with the basics of brain development, and the issues that affect it, and then provide information specific to infant, toddler, preschool, and kindergarten to primary age levels. Educational activities are described as they relate to physical, language, social, emotional, cognitive, and academic progress relevant to brain development at each age level. Modifications of activities for young children with disabilities are included. The authors also discuss contemporary issues related to the future education of young children, including how technology-augmented experiences may positively and negatively affect children’s development.
Doris Bergen, a distinguished professor of educational psychology emerita at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, is the coauthor of Educating and Caring for Very Young Children, Second Edition. Lena Lee is a professor of teacher education at Miami University and directed a grant-funded project for low-income preschool enhancement. Cynthia DiCarlo is professor of education at Louisiana State University and executive director of the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool. Gail Burnett, owner of Miss Gail Music, received a Teacher’s Choice Award for exceptional quality preschool curriculum.
“Enhancing Brain Development in Infants and Young Children stands out as a significant and inspiring contribution to the field of early childhood: a must-read for parents-to-be, parents, caregivers, and early childhood educators. This book addresses the remarkable attributes of brain development but, more importantly, guides the reader to create environments and experiences for young children that will effectively enhance their developing brains, and supporting children to flourish as human beings.”
—From the Foreword by Sandra J. Stone, professor emeritus, Northern Arizona University
“This informative and very readable book combines brain research, case studies, and practical, playful ideas for engaging the brains of young children from prenatal through third grade. Includes helpful recommendations on the appropriate use of technology. Highly recommended for parents, other caregivers, and early childhood teachers.”
—Olga S. Jarrett, professor emerita, department of early childhood and elementary education, Georgia State University
“This remarkable and timely book delves into brain science research on development from prenatal through primary grades, balancing technical information with rich illustrations of applications to early education in homes and schools. Curriculum and instruction that is brain-enhancing during the early years is described and explained. The pages sparkle with meaning and relevancy.”
—James E. Johnson, professor of education in early childhood education, Penn State
“An indispensable book for educarers of young children, which comprehensibly blends brain development information with practical ways of actively engaging children to learn and develop. It brings brain research into the early years’ setting and highlights the vital work of educarers. The coherence of the book's structure with theory, vivid case studies, and explicit curricula connections clearly informs important points of discussion.”
—Eleni Loizou, associate professor of early childhood education, University of Cyprus
“As an educator who teaches toy design, I have relied on Dr. Bergen’s work in my lectures and scholarly research. It is critical to understand the mind of a child and have insight into their cognitive abilities when developing new products and experiences for children. In Enhancing Brain Development in Infants and Young Children, Dr. Bergen provides a clear, evidence-based overview of the cognitive development of the child at each stage of infant, toddler, preschool, and kindergarten. Each chapter begins with anecdotal stories from real families and ends with questions for discussion. This format bookends the rich academic content with engaging and applied elements. In addition to caregivers, educators, and parents, this book is a necessary read for anyone who works in the field of children’s products and services.”
—Barry Kudrowitz, Morse Distinguished Associate Professor and product design program director, University of Minnesota, College of Design