Can we, as a society, influence the earliest years of a child’s life to prevent the academic achievement gap? New research on cognitive development suggests that we can. Differences in language exposure are a key predictor of children’s later success, according to a 1995 landmark study by researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley. But since then, […]
Dr. Jill Gilkerson is the Director of Child Language Research at LENA, a nonprofit organization in Boulder, Colorado, dedicated to closing language learning and opportunity gaps for children.