November 2020

What Parents Know Matters

Earlier this year, TMW Center Co-Director Dana Suskind and Research Director Christy Leung published an exciting study with important implications for the early childhood field in The Journal of Pediatrics. The study, “What Parents Know Matters: Parental Knowledge at Birth Predicts Caregiving Behaviors at 9 Months” demonstrates that parents who have more knowledge of infant development are more likely to foster their babies’ social-emotional and cognitive growth. In a new video highlighting these findings, Dr. Suskind explains what makes them especially exciting: they point to a variable in early childhood development that we can address. By systematically sharing information about brain development with all parents and caregivers—from day one—we can make critical progress toward educational equity.

Please watch and share the video below.