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Focus and Planning Skills Can Be Improved Before a Child Enters School

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

Funder(s): John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Funder(s): John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Population and demographics (Children and youth)

Keywords: Brain development; Early childhood education; Child development

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

This study’s findings suggest that focusing attention on executive function skills in the formative developmental period for preschool age children, through a curriculum incorporating noncognitive skill development like the “Tools of the Mind” curriculum, can be helpful and may also improve the development of more traditional academic skills.