According to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University “Early experiences affect the development of brain architecture, which provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. Just as a weak foundation compromises the quality and strength of a house, adverse experiences early in life can impair brain architecture, with negative effects lasting into adulthood.” Furthermore, “Billions of connections between individual neurons in the brain create the foundation for future learning for each individual child. This formation of a child’s “brain architecture” helps determine her Social and Emotional Intelligence (SEI).”
Researchers who study the social and cognitive development of children agree that children with strong social and emotional intelligence are;
- Easier to teach.
- Tend to do better in school, in the workplace, and in all relationships.
- Have stronger social skills and fewer disciplinary problems.
- Tend to make better choices in social situations and in business.
The Santoro Education Lifeskills Foundation (SELF) strongly believes social and emotional intelligence is critical to all children regardless of their race or socio-economic status. It is the foundation of our society and SELF is dedicated to identifying and supporting resources that foster social and emotional intelligence in young children beginning at birth.
WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ALL OF OUR CHILDREN?