- National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
- National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs
- Global Children's Initiative
- Frontiers of Innovation
- Science of Health and Development Initiative
- Students, Education and Leadership Development
Whether you are an undergraduate or a graduate student, Harvard offers a wealth of courses in a variety of scientific disciplines and policy areas that cover learning, behavior, and health from both domestic and international perspectives.
The Center's Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series is open to all University students, faculty, and the general public and provides a venue to interact with distinguished scholars whose creative research has made significant advances in the field of child development. This series spotlights these leaders’ bold contributions to the science of child development and the implications of their research on the worlds of education, policy, public health, medicine, justice, and economic development. The series analyzes how their research catalyzes new ways of thinking across disciplines to inform policy and practice. Read more >>
Doctoral Working Group
In 2012-13, the Center on the Developing Child is launching a Doctoral Working Group for graduate students across the University who are early in their doctoral studies and who have an interest in early childhood and adolescent health and development. The Doctoral Working Group serves as a complement to the Center’s Richmond Fellowship Program, which is for advanced doctoral students working on their dissertations, and to the Center’s Student Seminar Series, which offers undergraduates and graduate students alike a broad introduction to the integrated science of health, learning, and behavior.
Student Seminar Series
The Center on the Developing Child’s Student Seminar Series is designed to foster interdisciplinary conversations among Harvard undergraduates and graduate students who are interested in promoting the healthy development of young children in the United States and abroad. The Seminar Series offers interactive sessions that expose students from across the University to a broad introduction to the integrated science of health, learning, and behavior, as well as to its implications for policy and practice. The yearlong, non-credit Student Seminar Series focuses on a variety of topics and employs various formats, including presentation of student work; conversations with practitioners, policymakers, and researchers; and discussion of current events. The seminars, held at the Center on the Developing Child, are each two hours long, and dinner is served.
The value of education is not limited to lessons learned in the classroom but also in the relationships established with others in the community, especially with fellow students. Mindful of multiple ways in which to engage with students, the Center on the Developing Child supports student organizations through guidance on organizational and programmatic issues, assistance with marketing and outreach, and, at times, financial support.
Harvard Early Childhood Forum
The Harvard Early Childhood Forum was formed in September 2009 to bring together students from across Harvard University to explore U.S. and international perspectives on early childhood development. Since its creation three years ago, the Harvard Early Childhood Forum has attracted over eighty actively involved members from Harvard Business School, Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, who come together to discuss new directions in research and policy and have collaborated to hold events at HGSE, HKS and HSPH.