Executive Functioning Skills

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child has said:

  • “Executive functioning skills . . . are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully.”
  • “The brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses.”
  • “When children have opportunities to develop executive function and self-regulation skills, individuals and society experience lifelong benefits. These skills are crucial for learning and development.”
  • “Providing the support that children need to build these skills at home, in early care and education programs, and in other settings they experience regularly is one of society’s most important responsibilities.”

“The strongest predictors of later achievement are school-entry math, reading, and attention skills.”

American Psychological Association