RESEARCH NETWORK ON EARLY EXPERIENCE AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

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IMPACT ON PUBLIC POLICY: EDUCATING EDUCATORS AND THE MEDIA

From its inception, the Network has been constantly mindful of its potential role as a source of information about the science of early brain development for various audiences, including practitioners, policy makers, and the general public. While our core group of researchers has been wary of making premature links between the Network’s findings and potential policy implications, they are also aware of these various audiences’ needs for reliable, scientifically sound information about how early experience affects brain and behavioral development.

The Network provided initial funding for the conceptualization and development of a National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, composed of experts whose main function will be the effective dissemination of reliable scientific information on early child and brain development to the public and policy makers. The working group formed to spearhead this process includes members of the Network, experts in media relations, and members of the National Research Council’s Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development. This core of researchers, as well as experts from additional complementary fields, will continue to guide the formation of the Council. The Council takes as its starting point the report produced by the National Research Council’s Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development, From Neurons to Neighborhoods, to which several Network members contributed their time and expertise. In addition, the Council uses empirical findings from communications research to guide the dissemination of scientific information such that the science is understood fully and used responsibly and accurately in guiding the formation of policies and interventions.

The Council's initial activities were launched in 2003, and the Network is pleased to operate as one of the Council's partners.

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The John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation

The James S McDonnell Foundation