I am driven to track and improve a child’s readiness for kindergarten
Whether a child is ready for kindergarten can predict whether that child stays on the path to becoming a positive force within society. Yet many children are entering kindergarten unequipped with the foundational skills necessary for learning.
Executive function skills—like staying focused, flexible problem solving, and inhibiting impulses—are more predictive of kindergarten readiness and academic success than IQ. Children who don’t have them begin to falter immediately.
Professor Philip Zelazo has discovered that a potential solution to close the opportunity gap is to reliably assess executive function and intervene to help at-risk children develop these skills.
“...we measure children's neural activity in certain situations before [executive function] training and after training. And what we've found is that we cannot only improve children's behavior, but we can bring about corresponding physical changes in the brain.”Philip Zelazo, Professor