Early Childhood Conference calls for a “cultural change.”

Originally published in the Penobscot Bay Press, October 25, 2012 by Anne Berleant Dr. Mary Ellen Gellerstedt, a developmental pediatrician at Eastern Maine Medical Center, was one of three panelists who spoke at the Healthy Peninsula Early Childhood Conference at Maine Maritime Academy on October 20. Dr. James Page, Chancellor of the University of Maine …

Children and Brain Development: What We Know About How Children Learn – Part II

Children and Brain Development: What We Know About How Children Learn – Part II In my September article, I presented information about how our children’s brains develop and that stressful experiences, like poverty, abuse, neglect, or loss of a loved one, cause chemical changes in the brain that negatively affect children’s ability to learn, be …

Children and Brain Development: What We Know About How Children Learn – Part 1

There is a lot of information available these days about the importance of brain development, early childhood education, kindergarten readiness, and how to help our children succeed in school. Healthy Peninsula’s Ready By 21 Project and Early Childhood Workgroup are based on the premise that early intervention – identifying problems and supporting families and schools …

Ready by 21

Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, December 22, 2011by Jessica Brophy “Ready by 21” IDs assets, goals for healthy growth of children to adulthoodWhen it comes to raising and educating area children into healthy and prepared adults, “no single group or program can be solely responsible,” said Healthy Peninsula director Amy Vaughn. Parents, schools, community members …