The National Endowment for the Arts has released “The Arts in Early Childhood,” a report on the role of arts in children from birth to age eight. Subtitled “Social and Emotional Benefits of Arts Participation: A Literature Review and Gap-Analysis (2000-2015),” the report synthesizes findings of eighteen recent studies in psychology and education research journals that focused on the social and emotional outcomes of young children who participated in music, dance, theater, drawing, and painting. Several studies showed positive associations between arts activities and developing social skills; the role of arts in helping children regulate their emotions; and how demographics and developmental disorders such as autism affect arts learning outcomes. The report also identifies gaps in the understanding of the effects of arts learning on early childhood and social-emotional outcomes. To read the report, click here.
Posted January 14, 2016