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University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences Launches Developing Mind Project
Date:5/24/2010

ok inside the minds of our youngest learners and better understand just what happens during those earliest years, so we can best support kids in growing up ready to learn and succeed.”

By enabling new scientific discoveries in early learning and brain development, crafting actionable recommendations based on those results, and helping to educate policymakers, teachers and parents, I-LABS will accelerate the cycle from discovery to practice in early learning. I-LABS' activities are expected to boost the growing national awareness of the value of early-learning investments and of the impact that changes in pre-school and child support services can have on school readiness and lifelong learning.

The Developing Mind Project marries the expertise and vision of a world-class research team led by Professors Kuhl and Meltzoff with new brain-imaging technology. With the world’s first brain-imaging facility focused on children as they think, feel, act, and listen to languages, I-LABS will use innovative techniques to provide a view into the youngest of brains and a glimpse into the origins of learning. The discoveries will be shared with the academic, early learning, and medical communities so that environments may be designed to maximize learning, taking into account individual differences.
   
“Behavioral science discoveries have shown that early learning experiences set the foundation for success in school and in life,” said Meltzoff, co-director of the Institute.“ The Developing Mind Project will allow us to combine the science and practice of learning to ensure that all children achieve their full potential as lifelong learners.”
   
The $7 million I-LABS Meg Brain Imaging Center was financed by generous gifts from the Nick and Leslie Hanauer Foundation, the

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