Tag: Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

Research is helping to shape a new vision of early education, and a new set of studies are showing that social-emotional development and reading to your kids should be important parts of that vision.   Reading to Young Children Many parents, for example, know reading to their kids is a good thing. Now, a new[…..]

King County voters will have an opportunity to approve a nearly $400 million investment in early interventions that’s part of an ambitious levy proposal designed to narrow income inequality and improve the odds that children become healthy adults.   Last week, the King County Council overwhelmingly voted to put the Best Starts for Kids proposal[…..]

Washington families are struggling with the aftermath of the Great Recession, though there has been progress, particularly in the percentage of children with health insurance, a new report says.   Even though the recession ended in 2009, 19 percent of Washington children lived in poverty during 2013, up from 14 percent in 2008, the Annie E.[…..]

It turns out preschoolers are studying science more than we may think, though they are not getting enough time to play, two separate studies out of Seattle found. The two findings may not be related, but suggest new ideas for preschool classrooms. One study showed that 4-year-olds can learn about the concept of weight –[…..]

  Early education work is already off to a fast start in 2015, with a strong show of bipartisan support in Seattle, a new initiative for dual language learners, and a report on quality in early learning getting things rolling.   In Seattle, King County hosted an Early Learning Symposium that drew some of the[…..]

  Toddlers may throw their food, but they are more emotionally mature than we may think. They recognize and adapt to people who are upset and angry, signs they are already developing social-emotional skills they will need later in school, a new study from the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) suggests.   In[…..]

  These days, one message about parenting stands out more than the others: Keep it simple. To help babies and toddlers grow up happy and healthy, parents and caregivers need to focus on the little, everyday interactions that make a big difference. Scientists, researchers and early learning experts confirm that parents can focus on cuddling,[…..]

  How you talk to your baby may be more important than how often.   A new study from the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) found one-on-one exchanges between parents and their infant in baby talk, or parentese, fuel early language development.   Researchers learned that children who conversed directly in the most[…..]

  A breakthrough in autism research holds both the potential for earlier diagnosis of the disorder and a better understanding of the important role social interactions play in early childhood development.   The new study from the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) found brain activity among toddlers with autism can[…..]

  Scientists discovered that two parts of the brain not usually associated with language development can predict a child’s linguistic skills by her or his first birthday.   The study released by the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) found that children with greater concentration of white and gray matter in[…..]