Governor Locke's Scientifically Validated Research

On June 4, 1998, a request was made of the Governor's office to provide the scientifically validated research that proves his contention that early childhood brain development is contingent on early childhood experiences, ie, education.  A packet of information was received from the Governor's office on July 20, 1998, in response to that request.  What follows is Governor Locke's definition of validated research and the basis upon which he founded the Governor's Commission on Early Learning.

*       Training of Trainers; Maximizing Our Brain Power; Sources/Selected Readings [Includes Carnegie Corporation of New York; Families and Work Institute; Newsweek Special Edition, Spring/Summer 1997; Hillary Rodham Clinton; Daniel Goleman; Jane M Healy; Robert Sylwester].

*       Annotated Bibliography [Includes authors Thomas Armstrong, Benjamin Bloom, Geoffrey and Renate Caine, Howard Gardner, Marian Diamond, Daniel Goleman, Jane M Healy, David Perkins, Robert Sylwester].

*       Zero to Three advertisement for books.

*       Selected Publications from Familes and Work Institute.

*       Carla Shatz' remarks at White House Conference [©1997 The Charles A. Dana Foundation].

*       Developmentally Supportive Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Zero to Three; The National Center for Clinical Infant Programs; June/July 1995, Volume 15, No 6.

*       Your Child's Brain; Sharon Begley; ©February 19, 1996; Newsweek, Inc.

*       Why Do Schools Flunk Biology; Lynnell Hancock; ©February 19, 1996; Newsweek, Inc.

*       The biology of soul murder; ©November 11, 1996; U.S. News & World Report.

*       The Senses; ©January 13, 1996; U.S. News and World Report.

*       Starting Smart; How early experiences affect brain development; An Ounce of Prevention Fund Paper; November 1996; Working Mother Magazine [This article was written by Carolyn Jabs -- a "Ohio-based freelance writer who is busy nurturing the brains of her three young children."]

*       Your baby's brain; An Ounce of Prevention Fund Paper; ©November 1996; Working Mother

*       Incubated in Terror: Neurodevelopmental Factors in the 'Cycle of Violence'; Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.d.; Civitas Child Trauma Programs; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Baylor College of Medicine; Texas Children's Hospital.

*       Medicine and Psycho-Therapy, Part 1; Bruce D Perry; The Advisor; American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children; Volume 6, Number 1; ©Spring 1993.

*       Medicine and Psycho-Therapy, Part 2; Bruce D Perry; The Advisor; American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children; Volume 6, Number 2; ©Summer 1993.

*       At Risk Does Not Mean Doomed; Craig T. Ramey and Sharon Landesman Ramey; National Health/Education Consortium; ©June 1992.

*       Music of the Hemispheres; Why can a Toddler Sing?; Why is Even the Most Ordinary Human Brain a Library of Melodies?; James Shreeve; ©October, 1996; The Walt Disney Co; Discover Magazine.

*       Brain Trust; Debra Viadero; Education Week; Volume XVI, Number 5; ©September 18, 1996.

*       Music for Transitions, Calming, and Visualization [From the notebook Maximizing Washington's Brain Power: We Need to Use it or Lose it, developed by the Florida Starting Points Initiative (Carnegie Corporation) with support from the Washington State Child Care Coordinating Committee.]

*       Teen: Hard rock taints the brain; The Times Union; ©July 27, 1997

*       Baby talk may be crucial to child's development, study says; Brigid Schulte; Tallahassee Democrat; ©Friday, August 1, 1997.

*       The Smartest Thing You Can Do for Your Baby; William Phillips; Parenting Magazine; ©August 1997.

*       Babies, Bonds, and Brains; Karen Wright; Discover Magazine (Walt Disney Co.); ©October 1997.

*       Internet Resources - Brain Development Research [Includes websites for I Am Your Child, The Dana Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Harvard, Yahoo, the University of Oregon, Cyberspace, Serendipity]

Indications are that this material came to Governor Locke at the February 1997 National Governor's Conference at which Rob Reiner made his pitch for early childhood learning.