Toxic Stress: How Income Inequality Hurts Early Childhood Development

An AIR July 30th event examined the ways economic inequality can constrain young children's learning opportunities. Guest presenter C. Cybele Raver reviewed the neuroscience of early socioemotional development in the context of toxic stress, and panelists discussed ways to mitigate the effects.

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  1. The achievement gap between children from low-income backgrounds and their affluent peers has increased by 40 percent over the last three decades. The impact of this economic disparity can become apparent in children as young as 9 months. By the time children from lower-income backgrounds turn 3, for example, they will have heard 30 million fewer words than those from higher-income families. Such setbacks can hurt young children’s language development and, in turn, curb their achievement from kindergarten to the workforce.

    C. Cybele Raver reviewed the neuroscience of early socioemotional development in the context of toxic stress: frequent or prolonged adversity stemming from economic hardship, abuse, neglect, and poor caregiver mental health. Dr. Raver also shared evidence from recent evaluations of early interventions and discussed what we may do to mitigate the detrimental effects of toxic stress stemming from poverty.
  2. Agenda:

    Welcome
    Sabrina Laine
    Chief of Staff, AIR

    Presenter
    C. Cybele Raver
    Vice Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs, New York University

    Discussants
    Emmalie Dropkin
    Director of Policy, Data and Research, National Head Start Association
    Eboni Howard
    Managing Researcher, AIR

    Moderator
    Christina A. Samuels
    Staff Writer, Education Week
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    AIR-Intro-July30-How Economic Inequality Hurts Early Childhood Development
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    AIR-Raver-ECEquity-Child and Family Poverty in the US
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    Raver-ECEquity-OppforLearningSelfRegulation-73015
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