It's no wonder China and Japan are surpassing us!
You can put your child in a preschool with a lower acceptance rate than Harvard — but according to a recent study that wont help their cognitive development as much as speaking to them in a different language.
Patricia Kuhl, professor of early childhood learning and a co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington, explains:
"In our latest study, we found that the brains of the bilingual infants seemed to remain "open" to learning for a longer period of time compared to monolingual infants. Because we now know that the early brain wiring appears to be different for monolinguals and bilinguals within the first year of life, it emphasizes just how important it is to have high quality interactions and input from the start. In fact, we also found that the more the children heard in that language as infants, the larger their vocabulary was later."
Watch the video above to see how they came to this conclusion.