Straus Center for Young Children and Families

A convergence of research from several fields, including neuroscience, has confirmed what parents and teachers have long known—that young children’s brains are primed for learning, making the early years a time of immense opportunity. Early experiences build a foundation for future learning by decisively influencing the architecture of the brain. But too often, opportunities are missed. Particularly in the nation’s historically underserved communities, the infrastructure to support optimal development and learning in the early years remains weak.    

Bank Street founded the Straus Center to contribute to effective practices in New York City and across the country. The Center will conduct research on effective early childhood practice and policy from diverse perspectives. It will bring to bear current and new research on quality learning environments, develop supports for educators and families given the often disparate array of early childhood services, and utilize the research base to make policy recommendations.