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Empathy is essential: The “soft skill” that engages the whole brain

When we talk about executive functions, we’re usually talking about distinct, discrete skills that are easy to get our arms around. Empathy, while often lumped in with executive functions, is not a singular skill, but a package of skills that

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Smart Starts: School Readiness Begins at Birth

Building the brain from the beginning. By the time a child turns 3, his brain is 85% the volume of an adult brain. That means that nearly all of the neural connections that will ever form have already been set. These three

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Baby Brains: A webinar about early childhood brain development

Last week, Amy Bornemeier, our Vice President of Early Childhood Programs conducted a webinar for more than 200 attendees from across Nebraska on early childhood brain development. You can view the webinar now. Warning: The audio is not precisely synched

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Mastering the marshmallow: How infants develop self-regulation

By Mary Kate Gulick, Content Manager This video recreates the famous Standford Marshmallow Test that made headlines in the late 1960s. During the test, researchers put preschoolers in an empty room with a marshmallow. If the child could wait 15

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Reinforcing resilience: Strengthening the brain to overcome adversity

By Mary Kate Gulick, Content Manager  Why is it that two children from seemingly similar backgrounds can turn out so differently? How can one child bounce back from adverse experiences that set the other on a course to lifelong mental

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Meet the executive functions: the key to brains that work like they should

By Mary Kate Gulick, Content Manager Too often, early childhood education programs are seen as ways to pump up toddlers’ math and pre-reading skills. There’s an unspoken idea that these programs are “nice to have” because they provide a soft,

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