Focus and Planning Skills Can Be Improved Before a Child Enters School

Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child


Research Area: Population and demographics

Keywords: Brain development; Early childhood education; Child development

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


This study’s findings suggest that focusing attention on executive function skills in the formative developmental period for preschool age children, through a curriculum incorporating noncognitive skill development like the “Tools of the Mind” curriculum, can be helpful and may also improve the development of more traditional academic skills.