- Reports & Working Papers
- InBrief Series
- Science Briefs
- Evaluation Science Briefs
- Interactive Features
- Lectures & Presentations
- Articles & Books
These Web-based interactive features describe and explain key concepts in the science of early childhood development and early childhood program evaluation research using an easy-to-follow slideshow format. Read more & view all interactive features >>
Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change
This 5-minute video depicts the Frontiers of Innovation community's theory of change for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children's lifelong learning, health, and behavior.
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Three Core Concepts in Early Development
This three-part series from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse. Read more & view videos from this series >>
Following a two-year collaboration with the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California to develop and test new ways of communicating the science of early childhood development, the Center on the Developing Child has released the collaboration’s first product, “Brain Hero.” This 3-minute video adapts the visual sensibility of interactive game models to a video format. View video >>
This five-part series offers short summaries of recent scientific publications and presentations, available in print form and in video form. Read more about the InBrief series >>
Frontiers of Innovation Videos
The Frontiers of Innovation (FOI) initiative is building an expanding and diverse community of policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and philanthropists and is designed to catalyze cross-sector, cross-disciplinary collaboration and high-impact strategies for innovation in the field of early childhood policy and practice. Read more about Frontiers of Innovation >>
Videos en Español
Three videos from the Center's InBrief series are also available in Spanish. The translations of these videos were made possible with major support from the World Bank.
Videos em Português
Four of the Center's videos, Brain Hero and the 3-part video series Three Core Concepts in Early Development, have been translated and adapted for a Brazilian audience as part of its collaboration with local experts to use the science of child health and development to guide stronger policies and larger investments to benefit young children and their families in Brazil. The Center's Global Children's Initiative is collaborating with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of São Paulo, and Insper. The translation and adaptation of these videos into Portuguese was provided by Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal.
Lectures & Presentations
The Lichtman Lab at Harvard University
"Mapping Brain Connectivity"
The new field of “connectomics” aims to show how brains behave at a level not previously possible—examining how entire brains are wired together, how wiring changes as brains grow up, and how interactions with the external world affect this wiring. The Lichtman Lab at Harvard University, a partner in the Conte Center at Harvard, pioneered tools to potentially map every connection in a complete brain and has started to map the connectome in mouse brains. In this narrated, 15-minute multimedia presentation, postdoctoral fellow Bobby Kasthuri shares some of the results and insights from his work at the Lichtman Lab, using images and videos that show three-dimensional recreations of actual neural connections in the brain. He also discusses the future direction of this work in helping to understand how early adverse experiences affect connectivity.
The Forum at HSPH
The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy
"The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy" is the subject of an on-demand webcast available from The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health. The discussion, with expert panelists fielding in-studio and online audience questions, featured Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff; Robert W. Block, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and Roberto Rodríguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy in the White House. Launched in 2010, The Forum seeks to provide decision-makers with a global platform to discuss policy choices and scientific controversies.
NBC NEWS' 2011 EDUCATION NATION SUMMIT
Stimulating Minds and Protecting Brains
On Monday, Sept. 26, Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., presented at NBC News' Education Nation Summit in New York City. His talk, "Stimulating Minds and Protecting Brains," was part of a session featuring presentations on the science of early brain development and how that affects learning, behavior, and health for a lifetime. The two-day summit brought together educators, parents, policymakers, elected officials, business leaders, students and others to discuss pressing topics in American education.
Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series Videos
View videos from the Center's Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series, held in in partnership with schools across the University. The series was open to all University students, faculty, and the general public and provided a venue to interact with distinguished scholars whose creative research has made significant advances in the field of child development.
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Symposium Summary DVD Videos
These videos, filmed at the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy in June 2008, include highlights of the Symposium's proceedings as well as interviews with Symposium presenters. Two versions of the program are available for viewing: the 6-minute executive summary and the four parts which make up the full-length 17-minute program. View videos >>
Presentations from the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science & Policy (June 2008)
The State Policy Partnership jointly presented the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy in June 2008. This nonpartisan, educational event shared cutting-edge scientific knowledge and evidence-based conclusions drawn from extensive evaluations of early childhood programs, policies, and interventions. Presentations from the Symposium are available in video and PDF format (when available). View videos >>