Brain Science in Early Childhood is Topic of Jan. 16 State of Education in Nebraska

News Release Date: 
January 3, 2014

For Immediate Release

Brain Science in Early Childhood is Topic of Jan. 16 ‘State of Education in Nebraska’ on NET Television

LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 3, 2014) -- Brain development and the science of skill formation in early childhood will be the focus of the January broadcast of the “State of Education in Nebraska” on NET Television. “The Science of Brain Development in Early Childhood” will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. CT, repeating Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. CT on NET2 World.

The program brings together a panel of experts in a research-based discussion of how children’s earliest experiences, environments and relationships are physically written into the structure of the developing brain.  Panelists will consider how the quality of children’s earliest learning experiences influences whether or not they start out on the wrong side of the achievement gap, and what Nebraska is doing to change the odds for young, at-risk children before they enter the K-12 system.

Panel members are: Dr. Samuel Meisels, Executive Director of the University of Nebraska’s Buffett Early Childhood Institute; Dr. Laura Jana, an Omaha-based pediatrician, health communicator, and award-winning author; Julia Dadds, Executive Director at Educare of Lincoln; and Amy Bornemeier, Associate Vice President of Early Childhood Programs at Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.

The “State of Education in Nebraska” series is in the second year of a two-year collaborative effort between NET Learning Services and its partners, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Nebraska Loves Public Schools and First Five Nebraska. Programs in the series have been produced by NET and Nebraska Loves Public Schools, an initiative funded by the Sherwood Foundation with the goal of building pride in Nebraska’s public schools.

For more information, visit to view previous programs and find resources.

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