The home environment, determined by the quantity and quality of interactions that care providers (usually parents, grandparents and other relatives) have with their children during the first 3 years of life, has a great influence on vocabulary, cognitive, and emotional/behavioral development. Subsequently school readiness for kindergarten and academic performance are influenced by both the home environment as well as the pre-school trajectories of vocabulary, cognitive, and emotional/behavioral development. The Colorado Bright Beginnings (CBB) program seeks to enhance the home environment by providing care providers with materials that will increase the quality and quantity of daily interactions during the first 3 years of life, a critical period of brain growth. The core CBB materials, Language Power and Learning Games, are based on extensive scientific studies carried out by Hart and Risley , published in a book entitled Meaningful Differences, and Sparling and Lewis from their work with the Abecedarian project (LearningGames).
Steve Berman is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and School of Public Health and holds an endowed chair in Academic General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital in Colorado. He is also the director of the Center for Global Health in the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Berman has been honored for his community service and medical activities by local, state, national and international organizations and is a past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. A practicing primary care pediatrician, he is a leader in international health, child advocacy, child health policy, clinical and outcomes research, and pediatric education.
Dr. Berman has carried out many international research projects and has served as special advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United States Agency for International Development. He has also served as a consultant to the Ministry of Health of many countries throughout the world. He helped design the WHO Case Management of Acute Respiratory Infections Program, which is now incorporated in the WHO Integrated Case Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI). He has served as the pediatric clinical research consultant to the National Academy of Sciences Board of Science and Technology in Developing Countries (BOSTID) project on the etiology and epidemiology of acute respiratory infections carried out in 12 countries around the world. He is chair of the “Helping the Children” initiative that seeks to raise awareness of the unique physical and psychological needs of children following an international disaster. He is the editor of the disaster course manual Pediatrics in Disasters (PEDS), which was developed and is being disseminated in collaboration with the AAP and World Health Organization.. Course materials are now available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Cambodian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.
Well known for his contributions to pediatric education, Dr. Berman has authored four editions of his pediatric textbook entitled Pediatric Decision Making, and has published over 100 peer reviewed research articles and many textbook chapters related to common pediatric clinical problems, such as acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, and immunizations. He has also published a book on child advocacy and health policy entitled Getting it Right for Children: Stories of Pediatric Care and Advocacy. He is also an editor of Global Child Health Advocacy: On the front lines, which will be published in August.