Early Learning: Research Goals

Some NICHD research goals related to early learning include (but are not limited to):

  • Learning about behavioral and cognitive development at the molecular, cellular, and brain system levels
  • Understanding how these mechanisms interact with environmental factors
  • Pinpointing important periods for perception, learning, memory, language, and reasoning
  • Examining the effects of media and technology on brain development (for example, as seen through the developing central nervous system, learning, problem solving, social interaction, and communication)
  • Identifying how emerging technologies can be used to prevent, lessen, or treat a range of learning and developmental conditions
  • Learning how early interactions with family members, adult caretakers, teachers, and peers in early care and education settings support learning and school readiness in children from diverse backgrounds and environments
  • Developing interventions for at-risk infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children that promote early learning and school readiness skills and abilities
  • Perfecting methods for measuring early learning and school readiness skills in diverse populations of children and measures of home, child care, and preschool environments, and practices related to child learning and development
  • Assessing the effectiveness of training strategies for people involved in the care and education of young children
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