TEDxGreenville December Salon -

Greenville, SC

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TEDxGreenville December Salon
Born to Learn - How Brain Development Research is Driving School Readiness

Ok, maybe not as catchy as Springsteen's Born to Run, but after you hear these facts, your world will be rocked.

Did you know that 85% of the human brain develops between birth and 36 months? And the greatest predictor of school success is the home environment of the child? Children who experience abuse, neglect, and toxic stress make up 65% of those who enter school behind. So what early steps can be taken that all children need?

Join us as Derek Lewis, Executive Director of First Steps, takes us through how recent research in early brain development, suggests that subtle, yet impactful interventions at an early age have the greatest impact in helping children enter school on track and ready to succeed.

Even if you're not a parent, this is good information, boss.


Our Presenter
Derek Lewis,
Executive Director of Greenville County First

Derek Lewis is the executive director of Greenville County First Steps, a local non profit that works to ensure all children enter school on track and ready for early school success. Derek also serves on the United Way community impact cabinet and the education council of the Greenville chamber of commerce. Derek serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the South Carolina Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children. Prior to joining first steps, Derek worked with the YMCA of Greenville for nearly 15 years. Derek lives in Greenville with his wife, Hedrick, and their 20 month old son, William.