Executive Function: Skills for Learning and Life

Being able to focus, hold and work with information in mind, filter distractions, and switch gears is like having a sophisticated air traffic control system to manage information at a busy airport. Harvard University’s Center on the Developping Child offers this two-page summary—part of the InBrief series—which outlines how these lifelong skills develop, what can disrupt their development, and how supporting them pays off in school and life. Also see this this new online training module , develloped so that early care and learning professionals can better understand and support the development of executive function skills.