For new parents, there is nothing more important, or complicated, than deciphering the inner workings of their baby’s mind. Surrounded by a multitude of stimuli, the reasons behind a child’s actions and reactions can sometimes be incredibly difficult to discern. Why is he crying?

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We often hear about the achievement gap—the distinct academic disparities that exist between groups of students, primarily between middle-class students and students from lower-income families. Decades of research confirm that a combination of in-school and at-home factors contribute to these differences.

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Kindergarten Ready

The baby announcements have been sent out. You’ve gotten the hang of that tricky car seat. And now all you can think about is... sleep. While you may not be thinking any farther than that next nap, believe it or not, your baby’s brain is way ahead of you. That’s right, amidst those cries, feedings, and photo-worthy coos, your baby’s brain is making vital, critical connections and developments that will determine how ready they are for their first day in kindergarten.

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The Urban Child Institute and the UT Health Science Center’s Neuroscience Institute will present Brain Awareness Night on Thursday, March 22 of 2012. 

Dr. Daniel Goldowitz and Dr. Clyde Hertzman will be presenting on the theme, "New Initiatives for Optimizing Brain Development in Children."

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The next few editions of Research to Policy focus on the early childhood development of the senses: hearing, vision, taste, touch, and smell. These senses are critical to the developmental well-being of children. In the current issue, for example, we focus on the sense of hearing.

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