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Ask an expert: Your child development questions answered

The Crawford Family Forum
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Our understanding of the human brain expands by the minute. Not that long ago we believed a thousand or fewer neural connections were made each second in a baby's brain. Now we know one million neural connections are made every second until the age of 3.

The research on early childhood development is growing, with more information being shared and debated daily. What’s the meaning behind my preschooler’s “bad behavior”? How do I parent my toddler? What does it mean for my child to be prepared for preschool? My son doesn’t learn like other children — how can I help him? Fortunately, many of the child development experts championing this research live in our region.

Join KPCC’s Priska Neely Tuesday, December 12, at KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena as we talk with some of these researchers about the newest studies that matter for parents and early educators. They’ll also take your questions, which you can submit below.


Ashaunta Tumblin Anderson — attending physician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and health policy researcher for RAND Corporation
Tina Bryson — founder and executive director, the Center for Connection and coauthor of “The Whole-Brain Child” and “No-Drama Discipline”
Joan Maltese — founder and CEO, Child Development Institute
Marlene Zepeda — professor emeritus, Department of Child and Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles