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Ask an expert: your child development questions answered

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Priska Neely (L) hosts a panel conversation at the Crawford Family Forum in March 2017.
Photographer: Paul Coffman
Priska Neely (L) hosts a panel conversation at the Crawford Family Forum in March 2017.

The first years of life are extremely important for children’s brains. Our understanding of the brain and child development seems to expand by the minute. There’s a constant flow of new research and information about how to raise and teach young children. Fortunately, many of the child development experts championing this research live in Southern California.

KPCC In Person is once again giving parents and caregivers a chance to talk directly with experts who can help sort through it all. Last year, a panel of researchers and practitioners answered questions on everything from the neuroscience of toddler temper tantrums to bilingual education in the early years. This year, we want you to help shape the focus of the conversation. Tell us what you’d like to know, and we’ll use your questions to guide this event. 

KPCC early childhood reporter Priska Neely and KPCC In Person will review all of your submissions and bring together experts who can help answer some of your most vexing parenting questions. 


Roma Khetarpal – mindful parenting expert, educator, author of "The Perfect Parent," and founder of Tools of Growth

Bradley Peterson – doctor and director of the Institute for the Developing Mind

Schellee Rocher – senior director of provider services, Child360

Adam Schickedanz – professor and pediatrician, UCLA