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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, Second Floor
13 Appian Way, Cambridge

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InBrief-Early Childhood Mental Health


InBrief: Early Childhood Mental Health

Science tells us that the foundations of sound mental health are built early in life. Early experiences—including children’s relationships with parents, caregivers, relatives, teachers, and peers—interact with genes to shape the architecture of the developing brain. Disruptions in this developmental process can impair a child’s capacities for learning and relating to others, with lifelong implications.

This edition of the InBrief series explains how improving children’s environments of relationships and experiences early in life can prevent initial difficulties from destabilizing later development and mental health.

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August 5, 2015
Video-streaming company Netflix announced this week that it will offer its employees a year of maternity and paternity leave during the first year after their child’s birth or adoption. Center Director Jack Shonkoff talks with TIME about what this may mean for children, particularly the effects of early child-parent bonds on cognitive, emotional, and social development.
August 3, 2015
Renee Van Norman, Ph.D., director of the Pearl Buck Preschool in Oregon, shares the preschool’s experience with the Filming Interactions to Nurture (FIND) video coaching program for parents, which focuses on the concept of “serve and return,” developed by the Center. Norman explains the program’s practical approach and how it uniquely emphasizes parents’ strengths and capabilities.

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