Early Childhood: Brain Development

Early Childhood
Early Childhood: Brain Development

Preschool isn’t just a child’s introduction to formal education. It’s often a first entry into non-family social settings for extended periods of time. Teachers often recognize that there is much more to early childhood education than academic learning when they are faced with ongoing and persistent challenging behavior. This course gives educators an introduction to brain development as the foundation for choosing effective, inclusive, and equity-based teaching practices designed to promote social, emotional and academic learning. Topics include brain development, executive function skills and teaching practices that support brain development.

Course Authors
Laura Fish
Laura Fish is a marriage and family therapist in private practice and consultant in the field of education. She began her work in early education more than 20 years ago as a preschool teacher before serving as a mental health consultant for public, private pay, and Head Start infant, toddler and preschool early education programs. Her work has included partnering with child welfare and special education departments to provide behavior support services for children with identified risk factors or special needs to be fully included. For nearly a decade, she has provided training and coaching to early education staff and parents on social, emotional and cognitive development to help adults “Teach with the Brain in Mind.” To find out more about her work as a therapist or consultant, visit www.laurafishtherapy.com.


45 minutes