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Changing the Focus: Building the Capabilities  of Home-Based Child Care ProvidersINNOVATION IN ACTION

Changing the Focus: Building the Capabilities of Home-Based Child Care Providers

This Innovation in Action interview is the first in a series of portraits planned by the Center that will highlight the innovative, collaborative work occurring in the Frontiers of Innovation community. In this multimedia feature story, FOI member Jessica Sager, the co-founder and executive director of the non-profit organization All Our Kin, discusses its work in New Haven and Bridgeport, Conn., building the capabilities of women in low-income communities who provide care in their homes for infants and toddlers. FOI member Kia Levey, project director for the New Haven Mental Health Outreach for Mothers (MOMS) Partnership—a collaboration of agencies across the city that includes All Our Kin—also discusses the significance of focusing on adults in order to help children facing adversity.

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Beth Babcock TEDxBeaconStreet presentation


Using Brain Science to Create New Pathways Out of Poverty

Brain science may help break the cycle of poverty, says Elisabeth (Beth) Babcock, president and CEO of Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU) in Boston. In this video from her appearance at TEDxBeaconStreet, Babcock tells about using a science-informed approach to build executive functioning—the skill set in the brain that includes multi-tasking, self-control, and setting goals. These skills and abilities can be damaged by adverse experiences, including those associated with poverty. Here, Babcock shares the success of CWU coaching models that allow low-income clients to strengthen their vital self-regulatory skills and embark on a course to self-sufficiency.

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The Spectrum of Neglect: Four Types of Unresponsive Care

The Spectrum of Neglect: Four Types of Unresponsive CareUsing science as a guide, this new interactive feature describes four types of diminished responsiveness and their consequences in order to provide a framework for developing more effective strategies to protect vulnerable children from this complex challenge. The four short video clips featured, each under a minute in length, are excerpts from the 6-minute videoInBrief: The Science of Neglect.

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Any available full-time positions at the Center are posted on Harvard’s employment Web site at All applicants for employment with Harvard University must apply for the specific job opening through its Web site.

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Student Employment

Throughout the year, the Center offers work for highly motivated students in its offices at 50 Church Street and in the labs of our affiliated faculty across the campus. 

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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.

Led by a doctoral student facilitator, the yearlong, non-credit Student Seminar Series will focus on a variety of topics and employs various formats, including conversations with practitioners, policymakers, and researchers and discussion of current events. The seminars will be on Tuesdays of select months, from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Center, and dinner will be served. 

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March 12, 2014
This National Public Radio story features Center-affiliated faculty member Ronald Kessler, the lead author of a Journal of the American Medical Association study that analyzed a federal program to move families from public housing into more affluent areas. Kessler explains that while girls thrived under the program, boys developed conduct and mental health problems, possibly because they were not as welcomed by the new communities. Kessler is the McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. A co-author on the study is National Scientific Council on the Developing Child member Greg J. Duncan, who is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Education, University of California, Irvine.

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