A recently released study of income and child outcomes adds evidence to our understanding of the relationship between family income and wealth and child well-being. Findings from the study are troubling for Memphis.
By Aisling Maki
The Memphis-based Urban Child Institute is recruiting the final participants in what will ultimately be an intensive eight-year study focused on the cognitive development of young children in Shelby County.
During the first three years of life, the human brain undergoes astonishing development. These four activities - touching, talking, reading, and playing - can lay the foundation on which a child's life is built. Early brain development is largely shaped by environment; it is nurturing, supportive parenting that sparks a child's innate curiosity and desire to learn. This sets them on a path to lifetime learning.