A vital component of the Center’s mission is to bring enhanced capacity to the task of knowledge transfer and to craft science-driven, problem-solving, relationship-based approaches to the development of innovative policies and practices to enhance healthy child development. Critical to this aspect of our mission are the Center’s partnerships with the FrameWorks Institute, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA), and the TruePoint Center for Higher Ambition Leadership.
The Center has formed an innovative collaboration with the FrameWorks Institute to pursue communications research on the science and policy of child development.
FrameWorks is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank devoted to framing public issues.
Since 1999, FrameWorks has been investigating how Americans think about complex social issues—from child and adolescent development to global warming and race—and how scientists, policy experts, and non-governmental organizations can do a better job of engaging the public in effective solutions. Its work is based on Strategic Frame Analysis™, an empirical, multi-method, multi-disciplinary approach to communications research. FrameWorks designs, conducts, publishes, explains, and applies communications research to prepare nonprofit organizations to expand their constituency base, build public will, and further public understanding.
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In 2005, the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child launched a collaborative effort with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to connect each other’s work in the interest of bringing the science of early childhood development to state legislators in a way that was both understandable and useful in policy decision-making. In 2006, that collaborative effort expanded to include the newly created Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, and in 2007, it became a three-way partnership with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, commonwealths, and territories. Founded in 1975 with the conviction that legislative service is one of democracy's worthiest pursuits, NCSL provides research, technical assistance, and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. NCSL is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies.
As part of the collaboration with the Center on the Developing Child and the National Conference of State Legislatures, the NGA Center for Best Practices is helping to bring the science of early childhood development to key leaders in the legislative and executive branches in all 50 states. In 2008, the three partners co-hosted the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy and have subsequently conducted follow-up technical assistance with a subset of the states that sent teams to the Symposium.
Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories, and two commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the White House on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices.
The TruePoint Center for Higher Ambition Leadership is an organization dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge about how organizations achieve and sustain high performance and high commitment. The TruePoint Center brings extensive expertise in re-aligning organizations and systems, in the private and social sectors, to generate productive innovation and promote effective collaboration across diverse stakeholders and viewpoints.
TruePoint has particular experience in helping participants challenge conventional wisdom, generate new thinking, and apply that thinking in a strategic, structured way. They are working collaboratively with the Center, NGA, and NCSL as an integral member of the Early Childhood Innovation Partnership around catalyzing innovation in the service of reducing emotional and behavioral barriers to early learning.
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