The Center's Education and Leadership Development (ELD) agenda is focused on creating a new breed of change agents who are prepared to think differently, work differently, and drive innovation in research, policy, and practice to improve the well-being of vulnerable children. Our two-pronged strategy includes attention to the growth and development of the next generation of scholars and professionals during the critical early stages of their intellectual development, as well as attention to building the capacity of current professionals to translate research into policy and action within a culture of entrepreneurism. Together, this leading edge cohort of scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and philanthropists will steward a new era in policy and practice focused on achieving breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.


Our ELD activities are designed to introduce undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals to new paradigms of thought that will open up new avenues of thinking and doing—whether that be at the University or in the real world—and to draw a link to how scientific discovery combined with a mindset of innovation can be translated into policy and action. As such, we are committed to:

  • Providing a suite of formal and informal opportunities to educate Harvard students about the underlying science of learning, health, and behavior and its implications for driving new thinking about how to reduce persistent disparities in outcomes;
  • Supporting innovative and multidisciplinary research of the next generation of scholars who will build the knowledge base for application to policy and practice; and
  • Providing professional development opportunities for current leaders in the field in order to enhance their capacity to develop and move innovative, science-based policy and practice agendas.


HCDC Info Session 2015Student Information Session

Learn about the Center and ways to get involved

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 pm

Presentation at 3:45 pm by Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D.

Harvard Graduate School of Education
Longfellow Hall, Eliot-Lyman, 2nd Floor
13 Appian Way, Cambridge

Refreshments will be served.

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leadership development at the Center >>


Register for 2015-16 SESSIONS

Student Seminar Series

The Center on the Developing Child's Student Seminar Series brings Harvard undergraduate and graduate students into conversation with leaders in the field of early childhood development.

The yearlong, non-credit series covers an interdisciplinary set of topics. Each interactive session introduces students to the integrated science of health, learning, and behavior, as well as the science’s implications for policy and practice. Seminars take place on selected Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Center, and dinner is served. 

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Doctoral Student Collaborative

The Doctoral Student Collaborative is an interdisciplinary student-driven forum open to all Harvard doctoral students interested in child and adolescent health and development.

Each session is led by several members of the group, and focuses on a different topic related to child or adolescent development. Throughout the year, sessions provide opportunities for discussing topics of mutual interest, career development and skill building, and networking with like-minded students across the university. Sessions take place on selected Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., and dinner is served.  

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Early Career Network

The Early Career Network provides a forum for postdoctoral fellows and other early career scholars interested in issues related to child development, early adversity, and resilience. The group brings together new investigators from a variety of disciplines who are interested in advancing the Center’s mission. Membership is limited to Harvard postdoctoral researchers and is by invitation only, with recommendations taken from the Center’s Affiliated Faculty as well as from current members. All meetings are on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

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Julius B. Richmond Fellowships

This one-year fellowship provides students with a $10,000 stipend in support of independent research that aligns with the mission of the Center. Award decisions will be made in March 2016, and the fellowship will begin the following September. All Harvard University doctoral students from the biological and social sciences as well as the professional schools are eligible to apply. Candidates should have excellent academic records and defined research interests in child health, learning, and behavior. Priority will be given to candidates whose work aligns with the Center's mission, crosses disciplinary boundaries, and offers promising new thinking as to what could be done differently in policy and practice to support the healthy development of children and their families.



Voices from Campus

2015 IOP Director's Intern

Fernandez-Jasmine.jpgJasmine Fernandez is a junior in Eliot house concentrating in Neurobiology. This summer, she will be interning at São Paulo Carinhosa, where she will continue her involvement in the early childhood development initiative in São Paulo. The internship is a joint project of São Paolo City Hall, the Center on the Developing Child, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), and the Harvard Institute of Politics.

Jasmine is heavily involved in the initiatives of inclusion on campus --- specifically those surrounding POC, women, and first-gen identities. In December of 2013, she became the inaugural president of the First Generation Student Union. Although her term has officially come to an end, she plans to continue to advocate for more institutional support for first-gen students throughout her time here at Harvard. She also interns at the Harvard College Women's Center, where she and a fellow intern, formed a Women of Color Collective. After graduation, she hopes to complete an MD/Ph.D in either Public Health or Education in order to merge all of her very diverse interests.