References for Brain Development, Early Childhood Development, Literacy and Play

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A continually updated list of articles and media links supporting the growing data, stories and impact of exercise and movement in early childhood development.

Can Kids Learn More When They Exercise During Class? Retrieved from


Can Exercise Really Make You Grow New Brain Cells? Retrieved from


Parents Want Recess for Their Kids. Here’s Why They Should Keep Fighting for It Retrieved from


Alexandria Economic Development Partnership.  Economic Indicators in Alexandria.  Retrieved from:


Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2010). Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters. Baltimore, MD: A KIDS COUNT Special Report. Retrieved from


Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2012). Double Jeopardy: How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation. Baltimore, MD: Hernandez, Donald J. Retrieved from


Bruhn-Morris Foundation. (2013). Early Care & Education Risk & Reach Study. Alexandria, VA: ACT for Alexandria Early Care & Education Work Group. Retrieved from


Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Key Concepts: Brain Architecture. Web. (11/5/14). Retrieved from


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. (2010). The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Retrieved from


Center for Education School Literacy & Culture at Rice University. (2011-12). The Thirty Million Word Gap. Houston, TX: Orr, Ashlin. Retrieved from


Elevate Early Education. (2013). What Parents Need to Know., Richmond, VA.

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National Research Council and Institute of Medicine (2000) From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development. Jack P. Shonkoff and Deborah A. Phillips, eds. Board on Children, Youth, and Families, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.


Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria Project Play (2012) Play-Space Assessment.  Alexandria, VA


School Readiness Indicators Initiative. (2005). Findings from the National School Readiness Indicators Initiative: A 17 State Partnership. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. Retrieved from:


Venture Philanthropy Partners. (2012). Capital Kids: Shared Responsibility, Shared Future. Washington, DC: Murphey, D., Redd, Z., Moodie, S., Knewstub, D., Humble, J., Bell, K., Cooper, M.. Retrieved from


Wexler, Natalie. (2014, April 21). DC May Have Universal Access to Pre-School but Low Income Kids Need more Than Access.   Retrieved from


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